SCOTTISH Opera's La Cenerentola – Rossini's popular opera which tells the familiar story of Cinderella in a darker way than the children's classic - comes to His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen from Thursday to Saturday, October 30 to November 1 and Eden Court on November 4,6 and 8.
Scottish Opera will also be staging free events for opera enthusiasts during the show's tour.
La Cenerentola Unwrapped, at 6pm on Friday, October 31, and a pre-show talk and touch tour at 6pm on Saturday, November 1 will give audiences a glimpse behind the scenes of Scottish Opera.
And in Inverness, the free events include Cinderella Unwrapped on Wednesday, November 5 at 60pm, a pre-show talk on Saturday, November 8 at 6pm and the Touch Tour on Saturday, November 8 at 6pm.
The show will see director Sandrine Anglade make her Scottish Opera debut with a new co-production with Opéra National du Rhin, leading a creative team becoming experts in staging Rossini's comedies.
Anglade said: "While the frantic pace and vitality of Rossini's music propels us into a world of escapism, this is emphatically not a fairy tale.
"Rossini and his librettist, Ferretti, have given us a fable about the triumph of goodness, but also an interesting psychological story: who is Cenerentola?
"She has lost her identity, and sets about building a new one as her own means of rescue and escape.
"It's a complex and beautiful opera that demands real vocal agility, and I am particularly excited to be working with a highly respected international cast."
Russian mezzo-soprano Victoria Yarovaya, winner of the 2013 Mercedes Viñas Prize, performs the title role, while rising tenor Nico Darmanin sings the principal male role, Don Ramiro, after two critically acclaimed engagements at the Royal Opera House in 2013-14.
Richard Burkhard (The Magic Flute, 2012) and Rebecca Bottone (The Pirates of Penzance, 2013) return to work with Scottish Opera throughout the tour alongside renowned bass Graeme Danby.
Rossini's bright, energetic score will be conducted by William Lacey, making his debut with Scottish Opera after serving as Kapellmeister with Opera Leipzig.
Tickets are now on sale online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by calling 01224 641122 or from Aberdeen Box Office outlets at HMT and the Music Hall. And at Eden Court, Inverness box office, on 01463 234234 or online at: www.eden-court.co.uk