This week the announcement that Scottish Opera will perform Carmen in the Orkney Arts Centre, Kirkwall highlights an extensive touring calendar which will take the Company the length and breadth of Scotland. Beautiful gypsies, bullfighting, obsession and some of the liveliest rhythms in opera, this new production is set in 1960’s Spain. Leading operatic celebrities have enchanted audiences with the likes of Bizet’s rousing “Toreador’s Song” for years. James H Thorpe’s cartoon depicts such a celebrity in a moment of crisis.
OPERATIC CELEBRITY: "I tell your fool reporter I haf been starring for six months in Nooyork."
SUB-EDITOR: "Quite so."
OPERATIC CELEBRITY: "Well, the idiot he say 'starving.' "