Anamchara – Songs of Friendship – Opera

This new family opera, written by acclaimed Scottish novelist Alexander McCall Smith and composer Pippa Murphy, is an audio-visual fusion of opera, dance, music and film with Scottish Opera.

‘Murphy’s music – charming, mellifluous and hypnotic – served its intended purpose, weaving a vital sense of continuity through the songs, and was perfectly pitched at the orchestra of young players. Chris Gray’s unwavering musical direction lifted this whole delightful show above the ordinary.

**** Ken Walton – The Scotsman on Anamchara – Songs of Friendship

‘The music, written by Pippa Murphy, was poised delicately between being appealing to listen to, cleverly orchestrated, and also something that showed everyone on stage, from child to professional, in the best possible light. Pleasing high melismas for soprano Sarah Power, strings and percussion written to sound almost synthesised, plus light cultural references, kept the audience’s ears interested.’

**** Rosenna East – Herald Scotland on Anamchara – Songs of Friendship

“If the purpose of Anamchara – Songs of Friendship was to embrace the universal spirit of Glasgow’s “Friendly Games”, it did so in the most charming of ways” **** (The Scotsman)

A community made up of people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds gathers together to create a new garden. As the space grows around them, they reflect on their lives and arrive at a universal truth – that life is always better when you share it with others.

Anamchara has been created for Festival 2014, the cultural celebration running alongside the sporting action of the Commonwealth Games. Based on themes of friendship, it explores the ties that bind people together, whatever their age and wherever they make their home. Seven songs symbolising seven different kinds of friendship move from day to night and through the circle of life – from childhood to teenagers in love and from adulthood to the golden years.

The multi-cultural cast of over 100 performers includes young professional singers, dancers and musicians from Scotland, India, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Botswana, Scottish Opera’s Connect Chorus and Orchestra, and a community choir made up of children, adults and students from Commonwealth countries living and working in Glasgow.

Theatre Royal Glasgow
Fri 25 Jul 2014
Sat 26 Jul 2014
Sun 27 Jul 2014Part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural ProgrammeSupported by British Council Scotland and The Scottish Government
Music Pippa Murphy
Words Alexander McCall Smith
Conductor Chris Gray
Head of Singing (Connect) Laura Baxter
Directors Lissa Lorenzo and Martin O’Connor
Set Design Robbie Sinnot
Costume Design Mandy Bryan
Lighting Design Stevie Powels
Visual Design Iain Piercy
Choreography Janis Claxon
Associate Director Col Cseke