Doric Opera – where the drama rarely stays on stage
Opera is serious business.
For the members of an amateur society In the small northern Scottish city of Inverdoun, nothing could be more so.
Doric Opera might seem like a blameless band of enthusiasts, from all walks of life, who meet together once a week in a church hall to make the world’s most beautiful music. But passions run high, rivalries ferment and nobody should ever trust a tenor.
Doric Opera is a three-part contemporary fiction series set in the ruthless cut-throat world of amateur opera, from an author with decades of experience in the scene.
When her first job finds her alone and lonely in a new city in the far north of Scotland, Melissa Covey decides to look for excitement – and possibly, for love. The local amateur opera company seems like a good place to start.
Operatic tenor Ashley Fanshawe’s career is in the doldrums. His dreams of becoming the next Pavarotti are fading fast, his girlfriend is talking marriage, babies and a desk job. Taking a gig with an amateur company will give him one last chance to star.
But Doric Opera is a hotbed of rivalries, intrigues and secrets, where relationships are not always what they seem. Melissa soon finds that when it comes to opera, the drama rarely stays on stage.
Doric Opera is planning to stage Verdi’s Otello, a work so demanding that few amateur companies have ever attempted it.
To ease the strain, they must double-cast – two sopranos, two tenors.
As if one tenor didn’t cause trouble enough…