Opera Scotland

Inés de Castro returns!

Acclaimed Scottish composer, James MacMillan will conduct his opera, Inés de Castro for the first time at performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh this January. Hailed "a major triumph" when it was premiered by Scottish Opera in 1996, this new production has given MacMillan the chance to revisit, and refine, the original score.

There are to be only four performances - wonder enough, when a second run for any new opera is rare.  OperaScotland cannot recommend this work too highly.

Composer and...

Posted 21 Jan | Comments

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The cast

Opera Bohemia do it again!

Puccini's marvellous one act comedy Gianni Schicchi is packed with action and music both wonderful and familiar. People hearing this work for the first time think, 'so this is where that music comes from'.

Scotland's second professional touring company launched the production at the Edinburgh Festival, and got well deserved rave reviews.  Now this marvellous cast sets out on tour, led by BBC Kiri Prize winner Shuna Sendall, Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Andrew McTaggart and Scottish...

Posted 17 Jan | Comments

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Fireworks over Edinburgh Castle

Happy New Year!

Firstly, every good wish to you all for a happy and stimulating operatic year.

And what about the fireworks in the year ahead?

Scottish Opera have a fascinating spell in prospect, with the undoubted highlight being Sir James Macmillan's Inés de Castro. It is rare that a composer gets the chance to revisit his first opera, and we must count ourselves fortunate indeed that this new production is being mounted, and what is more conducted by the composer himself. 

We have already commented in a...

Posted 6 Jan | Comments

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Exciting programme at Royal Conservatoire

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have confirmed details of their programme for the first half of the New Year. Already publicised for January are performances of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, that evergreen masterpiece that many claim is the greatest opera ever written - see our listings here.

Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is coupled with an outrageous comic rarity, Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias, for performances in March listed here. Click through the map pin and book your...

Posted 27 Dec | Comments

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Would you like to help us?

OperaScotland has again been looking back over a hectic year of continued growth. All the team have been pleased by the growing interest in our work, so much so that we want to push on over the next year and ‘scale up’ if we possibly can.


But if we are to do this we need help. We want to keep...

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Faust for Ayr

Swansea City Opera is celebrating ten years of existence by touring Gounod's Faust, rarely performed these days despite its well-known wonderful music.  One of the stops is Ayr, the only Scottish venue.


Audiences can discover more about the importance of design in staging an opera with the free...

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Snow Maiden and Glasgow Grand

Thanks to the generosity of Jim and Elaine Duncan, we now have photographs from the 1957 production of Rimsky-Korsakov's Snow Maiden by Glasgow Grand Opera. Their father, James Duncan, was singing Tsar Berendey, and is wearing an appropriately magnificent robe. Thank you, Jim and Elaine!


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Added to the end of December

A short note was added on Raymond Leppard

details were added on tours of Ballo in maschera (1959), Belle Helene (1968), Boheme (1954, 2006), Carmen (2005), Don Giovanni (1968). Fledermaus (1968). Inés de Castro (2001). Italian Girl in Algiers (1968).Madama Butterfly (2005).Nabucco (2005).Rigoletto (1959, 1969), Soldier's Tale (1967, 1968) and Traviata (2005). 

Posted 5 Jan

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What's On29 Jan - 1 Mar

Map List

Inés de Castro 2015

Scottish Opera

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Opera Highlights 2015

Scottish Opera

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Friends of Scottish Opera February 2015

Friends of Scottish Opera

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Opera Alba on tour 2015

Opera Alba

06 Feb

Gianni Schicchi 2015

Opera Bohemia

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Feen 2015

Wagner Society of Scotland

15 Feb

Orfeo ed Euridice 2015

Scottish Opera

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Zauberflöte 2015

Edinburgh Studio Opera

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National Opera Studio 2015

National Opera Studio

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