Big role for Maddy at Byre

Maddy Kearns
Maddy Kearns

Linlithgow student Maddy Kearns will perform in a new production of Gluck’s ‘‘Iphigenie in Tauris’’ at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews next week.

Maddy is in her final year at the University of St Andrews where she is studying for her MA in English whilst also undertaking additional studies in music performance.

She has been an active member of the University’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the University of St Andrew’s Madrigal group, as well as singing in the University’s flagship ensemble, St Salvator’s Chapel Choir. In the new production of ‘‘Iphigenie’’ she will take on the role of Second Priestess.

Byre Opera’s performances of ‘‘Iphigenie in Tauris’’ will be the first opera hosted by the Byre Theatre since its re-opening in the autumn of 2014 under the auspices of the university.

Gluck’s opera has only been performed in Scotland three times and this will be the first production in nearly 20 years.

The performances will be conducted by Dr Michael Downes, director of music at the University of St Andrews and artistic director of the Byre Theatre.

Maddy will be joined by other outstanding vocal students at the university as well as the London-based professional period instrument ensemble ‘Ars Eloquentiae’ who, together with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, will form the orchestra for the performances as part of a week-long residency by the two groups.