A collaborative opera performed by professional actors from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and youngsters from communities across the city will premiere tonight as part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival 2015.
First performed in 1958, the “Noye’s Fludde” opera tells an alternative version of the biblical story of Noah’s Ark, and was written to be performed by both professionals and amateurs.
Timothy Dean, the head of opera at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, brought a small troupe of actors from Edinburgh to both put on the show and work with young people from schools in Seaton and Tillydrone to give them a taste of getting involved in the performing arts.
Mr Dean said: “It’s a big piece with experienced adult singers, experienced teenagers, juniors and an orchestra with senior players and junior players.
“It’s a good opportunity for everyone to get involved.”
The hour-long opera features youngsters of all ages, from children as young as six playing the pairs of animals, to God himself portrayed by an older actor.
Mr Dean added: “There are three wonderful hymns in for people to get involved with, which will be great fun.
“It’s funny, colourful, exciting and just joyful.”
The first performance will be at 8pm tonight, with two more tomorrow at 4pm and 8pm, all at Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen’s Albyn Place.
For more information visit www.aiyf.org.