A Royal Conservatoire graduate and flourishing impresario is preparing to embark upon a busy summer schedule bringing opera to audiences from Scotland to the Mediterranean sunshine.
Tenor, conductor and all-round arts advocate Max Fane is taking his opera company, Raucous Rossini, on tour with its production of L’occasione fa il ladro, visiting Scotland, England and Italy between 2-10 August. The 24-year-old will then return to Italy at the end of August as the curtain rises on the first New Generation opera festival, of which he is co-founder and conductor.
Royal Conservatoire students and graduates will play a central role in both productions. Throwing so much talent into the artistic melting point, Max said, brings very special results. “The New Generation Festival cast and orchestra consist of the finest emerging musicians of their generation.
“Many of our performers and artistic team have links with the Royal Conservatoire, where they have received the training and opportunities to stand them in great stead for a career in the performing arts so it all makes for a fantastic few days of music making.”
The New Generation festival, which takes place amid the delightful Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini in Florence, has been designed to give new and existing opera fans the opportunity to enjoy the full-scale exhilaration of a fully-fledged production – L’elisir d’amore, by Gaetano Donizetti.
Founding an international opera festival and bringing it to fruition is no mean feat. Fundraising is key but the project is well supported, meaning Max will be able to take 80 artists to Italy. Though undoubtedly his biggest project to date, New Generation is not Max’s first Italian artistic endeavour; he has been touring Italy with musicians for the past five years with Raucous Rossini.
Is there just a hint of risk, though, in taking opera to the Italians?
“What we offer with New Generation is akin to Glyndebourne, a product that just doesn’t exist in Italy. Audiences will be able to sit outside with a hamper and enjoy the music. It’s such a social experience; in fact, we have scheduled an extended interval to allow everyone to wine, dine and soak up the beautiful surroundings.”
Identifying such a gap in the Italian opera offering was typically opportune of this performer-come-impresario, whose studies provided the ideal foundation for Max to fulfil his artistic endeavours. He graduated from the Royal Conservatoire in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours, winning the Peter Morrison Prize for all round excellence. Studies followed at Strathclyde University, where Max received an MSc in Business and Management with Distinction after being named the European Visionary Scholar.
At first glance, the two paths may seem divergent. Upon closer examination of Max’s artistic endeavours, it is clear they are inextricably linked. “I have always been a musician and an entrepreneur,” he acknowledged. “I think that is one of the reasons Stephen Robertson [head of vocal performance] tried to get me to come to Glasgow. The Royal Conservatoire has been such a support throughout, helping as my projects have developed.”
Raucous Rossini will take to the stage in Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts to perform L’occasione fa il ladro on 2 and 3 August. Ticket information is available at CCA Glasgow.
Details of Raucous Rossini are available here: www.raucousrossini.com
The New Generation Festival runs from 31 August – 3 September. More information on the New Generation Festival is available: www.newgenerationfestival.org/home