Trojans back in Scotland
Hector Berlioz's epic work The Trojans returns to Scotland in a spectacular and colourful production by the Mariinsky Opera under Valery Gergiev.
Love and war, obedience and loyalty, fate and freedom. Berlioz's visionary work is on an epic scale, and deals with some of mankind's profoundest questions in a work of exceptional power and sensual lyricism.
The Trojans has a special place in the hearts of Scottish opera lovers, for it was here that it was givn its first performance in the UK...
Posted 27 Aug | Comments
Rossini's last opera, William Tell, is being given a rare performance in Scotland as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, albeit only in concert form. The conductor (pictured) is Gianandrea Noseda and the company, the Turin Opera, have not so far appeared in Scotland. We look forward to a fine performance.
The opera contains some well-known music. Anyone from an older generation who remembers Andy Stewart's 'Scottish Soldier' or the Lone Ranger TV series will be on familiar...
Posted 24 Aug | Comments
First Scottish performance of Owen Wingrave
Britten's opera was commissioned by the BBC for television, and is based on a theme that had haunted Britten since the 1930s - pacifism.
Owen Wingrave, to a libretto by Myfanwy Piper drawn from Henry James's story, explores a troubled young man's fight to escape from his family's militaristic background. To present this, Britten created music of angry intensity and desolate beauty.
In this production an impressive cast mixes leading singers Susan Bullock, Janis Kelly, Richard...
Posted 14 Aug | Comments
New company at the Fringe
More information has come to hand about Magnetic Opera, who use for their strapline "electric, attractive, creative". Founded this year in London, Magnetic Opera are in Edinburgh to mount Rossini's classic tale of deception and romance, the Barber of Seville.
Musical Director Calum Fraser teams up with Stage Director Thomas Henderson to present a contemporary version in English. We are promised that the humour in this new libretto will have the audience caught up in the twists and turns of...
Posted 10 Aug | Comments