Breathe Freely - chamber opera by Julian Wagstaff (excerpts)

Breathe Freely is a chamber opera in two short acts by the Scottish composer Julian Wagstaff. The opera was commissioned by the University of Edinburgh School of Chemistry to celebrate its Tercentenary in 2013. The opera is set during the Second World War, and tells the story of Stanislaw Hempel, a Polish chemist and revolutionary who came to Edinburgh in 2013. This four-minute compilation of highlights from the opera was recorded live in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on 24 October 2014. The production was conducted by Derek Clark and supported by Scottish Opera. Full details of the production, including the programme from the first performance in electronic form, can be found on the opera website at