Meldrum pupil to appear in ‘Phantom’

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MELDRUM Academy first year pupil Hugh G Richardson (12), is preparing to perform as Young Erik in the Scottish Premiere of the musical ‘Phantom’ with Aberdeen Opera Company at His Majesty’s Theatre, which runs from February 24 to 26.

Hugh is in first year at Meldrum Academy and has been singing with Haddo Junior Choir since he was seven years old, often singing small solo parts. He is currently a member of the Haddo Combined Treble Voice Choir, and participated in Radio 3’s Choir of the Year 2010 where the choir won Open Choir of the Day in the Scottish heat. Hugh also took part in a children’s ensemble with the Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society when they staged Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci in 2007. He also enjoyed helping out backstage in the choral society’s production of Iolanthe in 2010.

Apart from singing, he plays the piano and violin and is a member of the school orchestra. He has recently taken up the saxophone at school and is also learning the electric guitar in his spare time.

Andrea Watt, Publicity Manager said, “ We are delighted to welcome Hugh to our cast for what promises to be the biggest and most ambitious Aberdeen Opera Company production to date. With crashing chandeliers, an electrified staircase, an underground boat journey, costumes from Scottish Opera, elegant wigs and a beautiful musical score. A truly memorable theatrical experience. We hope he enjoys his performances with us ”.

Following on from their hugely successful and rewarding 70th Anniversary year, during which they received much critical acclaim for their productions of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘SEVENTY’, Aberdeen Opera Company is immensely proud to bring the Scottish Premiere to Aberdeen audiences in 2011.

Written by Arthur Kopit (‘Nine’) and Maury Yeston (‘Titanic the Musical’,‘Grand Hotel’,‘Nine’), ‘Phantom’ relives Gaston Leroux’s dark and brooding tale of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ through a stunning collection of heartfelt, souring melodies and grand operatic choruses guaranteed to raise the roof and thrill the audience with every note.

Set in the late 19th Century ‘Phantom’ tells the story of Christine Daaé, a young, beautiful song seller, who through a chance encounter with the Count de Chandon suddenly finds herself living her dream of singing in the Paris Opera House. Little does she know that she is about to meet a man who will change her life, and the Opera House, forever.

The production is directed by Wilma Gillanders MBE and musically directed by Graeme Read. It will take place on February, 24 to 26, nightly at 7.30pm and Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets for Aberdeen Opera Company’s production of Phantom are on sale at, by phone at (01224) 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.