March 13th - 24th

The Friendly Festival

Catriona Clark & Douglas Nairne

Born in Fife, Douglas Nairne studied at the RSAMD, before winning a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music where he gained an advanced Masters with distinction. He was the baritone soloist in Faure’s ‘Requiem’ with the Ulster Youth Choir in a live performance on BBC Radio Ulster and was the guest soloist with the Ulster Orchestra. In 2004 he led the National Anthem at Scotland’s televised home games of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby Tournament and in 2009 appeared as the baritone soloist at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Major roles include Don Giovanni with Fife Opera, Dancairo ‘Carmen’ at Haddo House Opera, Silvio ‘Pagliacci’ with Lakeland Opera, Marcello ‘La Boheme’, Enrico ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, ‘Eugene Onegin’ with Opera Bohemia, Sid ‘Albert Herring’,Tarquinius ‘Rape of Lucretia’ and Papageno ‘The Magic Flute’ with the RSAMD and Herald in ‘Burning Fiery Furnace’ which he performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and at the Hermitage in St Petersburg with Mahogany Opera. He has covered roles at Garsington Opera and Scottish Opera.

In 2012 Douglas was the Baritone soloist for Go Opera’s collaborative project with Peroni Beer, Opera di Peroni, which toured around the UK bringing re-imagined opera to thousands of people. In 2013 he was the Baritone soloist for the critically acclaimed ‘Sloans Project’ which was an opera based around tales from Glasgow’s oldest Pub.

On the concert platform Douglas has performed many works including the Britten War Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Handel’s Messiah, including a New Year performance with the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and the Vaughan-Williams Sea Symphony with the Scottish Opera Orchestra. Douglas is also the co-founder of Opera Bohemia, a young company dedicated to bringing Opera to more people around Scotland.