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Scottish Opera to perform at T in the Park

Scottish Opera performing A Little Bit of Rigoletto at Kible Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens (Pic by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan)
Image caption Scottish Opera hopes to attract new audiences with its "pocket-sized" opera

A mini opera will be performed for revellers at Scotland's biggest music festival this summer.

Organisers of T in the Park have asked Scottish Opera to bring a "pocket sized" version of Verdi's Rigoletto to the event at Balado, near Kinross.

Its 20-minute performances are part of a drive by the opera company to reach out to new audiences.

Other acts on the three-day bill include Beyonce, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Coldplay.

The opera performances at T in the Park, called A Little Bit of Rigoletto, will feature a storyteller, singer, harpist and cellist.

The company has previously taken the mini opera on tour and performed at Edinburgh Castle, the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow, in car parks and in an Ikea store.

It will be doing several shows in the Healthy T tent at Balado.

Scottish Opera has announced its new programme for the next 12 months, which will include eight new shows, two classic revivals, six collaborations and 105 performances.

Director, Alex Reedijk, said: "What's exciting about this season is the adventurous range of dramatic, passionate and humorous stories on offer, which I hope will give audiences the opportunity to revel in some old favourites, but also to try some new opera experiences.

"We remain committed to producing top quality performances that appeal to those who know and love their opera, but we're also fascinated by the opportunities for us as a company in testing the traditional opera boundaries to seek out new audiences."

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