Shine at the Opera

What do stars and goddesses have in common? Quite a bit, if we look at Shine’s first every opera production, in collaboration with St Andrews Voices and Byre Opera. The baroque opera The Judgment of Paris, by British composer John Eccles, was first performed in 1701, around the same time that Newton published his work on the properties of light. Three goddesses sing to convince the shepherd Paris that they deserve to be given the infamous golden apple, and each goddess’ musical spectrum can be associated with a colour: blue, green or red. And when all three goddesses sing together, their voices blend in white light.

Our production includes a spectacular light installation designed by Shine artist Tim Fitzpatrick, that connects Eccles’ music with Newtons colours. The cast and orchestra consist of students and staff from the Music Centre of the University of St Andrews, under direction of Jane Pettegree. And that connection between stars and goddesses? Come to our opera, and find out!

When: Thursday 25 October, 17:30 – 18:45
Where: Byre Theatre, St Andrews
What: Music, Stars and Light
Who: Byre Opera and Shine team, as a fringe event of St Andrews Voices
How: free admission, but please reserve your ticket here: Byre Theatre tickets

If you want to have a sneak preview: have a look at our program notes here.

About Anne-Marie Weijmans

I am a reader in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews, and the data release coordinator of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. My research is on galaxies, but here you will see me mostly as project manager of Shine. I hold an STFC Leadership Fellowship in Public Engagement.
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