Lunchtime concert: John Wallace's Opsnizing Dad - £4, FREE to Music Centre members
Health guidelines for this event
- Face masks required
Jamie McDougall — the Son
The Wallace Collection
St Andrews Music Centre brass and singers
Bede Williams — Director
John Wallace's new mini-opera is based on Elisabeth Ingram-Wallace's Opsnizing Dad, which won the Kaleidoscope Health and Care Award for flash fiction in 2017. It deals with how an individual, and society in general, may deal with the primal issue of dementia and social care of a parent in 2100. Wallace, recently announced as recipient of the Queen's Medal for Music, writes ‘I have tried to heighten the tragedy of dementia through the unbearable optimism of the son in trying to keep life going through it all – his eruptions into banal obscenities through his frustrations with his father leading to anger and complete loss of personal control. During the action, past, present and future blur together in one rapid continuum, but through it all, the love of a son for his father shines through.'
Renowned Scottish tenor Jamie MacDougall is joined by members of the Wallace Collection and by Music Centre vocal and instrumental scholars, and associate teachers.
Introduced by John Wallace and Elisabeth Ingram-Wallace.
Please note that this performance contains very strong language and sexual references and is unsuitable for anyone aged under 18.