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Actéon Meets Tam O Shanter

17th July 2014

A few years ago children in the North East of Scotland produced an opera in North East Scots (the Doric), and now a new project is set to produce another opera in the Scots language. Professional tenor David Douglas is heading up a course aimed at training singers for a performance of the baroque opera Acton which was originally written in French by Charpentier. The opera has now been translated into Scots by Christopher Waddell, learning manager at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and is called Acton Meets Tam O Shanter. Douglas will be offering a course from 10 to 16 August to be held at the Burns Museum, Murdochs Lone, Alloway, Ayrshire and it is open to all singers who wish to gain more experience of opera. There will be vocal technique sessions, singing, acting and movement coaching. The whole cost of the weeks course will be 25 and interested parties should contact David Douglas at for more information.

The weeks course will culminate in a performance of the opera in Scots at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum on Saturday 16 August, beginning at 7.30pm. Speaking about the event, Douglas said This has very much been a labour of love for me and I am extremely excited about the course and the outcome. The cost of entry to the opera is 10. Please contact either David Douglas or speak with the Burns Museum either at or by phone 0844 4903 2601.