Scottish Opera bring Verdi's Rigoletto to T in the Park

The brightest stars in rock and pop shone at T in the Park last weekend, but away from the fanfare of the main stage a far smaller crowd were treated to A Little Bit of Rigoletto.

The tragic tale of a hump-backed court jester’s desire for revenge was performed in a special 20-minute version by members of Scottish Opera keen to share their art with a wider audience.

The T in the Park event is just one of a series of the short shows that has seen Scottish Opera perform at Edinburgh castle, among other locations around Scotland. It is hoped that these free “taster” sessions will develop more of an interest in opera.

Press Manager Kerryn Hurley told STV: “We’ve come along to T in the Park to bring a free, mini, pocket-sized version of one of our big operas along just to see if people like it.”

Asked how watching opera compares to the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and the Foo Fighters, Kerryn said: “I think it’s quite different. Hopefully people will just enjoy seeing something a little bit different.

"Maybe sitting down for 20 minutes, having a little bit of respite, then going back in and hitting it hard with the big bands...”

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