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Actéon and Burns to Bernstein

Exciting news of Ayrshire Opera Experience. In association with the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, they are to make their debut tour, bringing both the first translation of Actéon into the Scots language and in addition a concert of songs and arias featuring works from Burns to Bernstein.

With a strong cast, a chorus of twenty-two, and some talented instrumentalists, the performances promise a memorable experience.

Actéon Meets Tam O' Shanter is a reworking of the chamber opera Actéon by...

Posted 25 Mar 2015 | Comments

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Magic Flute

Edinburgh Festival programme announced!

The first operatic programme of Fergus Linehan's tenure as Festival Director has a different look to it from those of his predecessor.

In addition to the concert performances of Rake's Progress and H M S Pinafore already announced, there is the world premiere of a new chamber opera The Last Hotel, by composer Donnacha Dennehy and writer Enda Walsh, and Komische Oper Berlin's Magic Flute (pictured). Finally, we have some semi-staged performances of Marriage of Figaro involving the Budapest...

Posted 18 Mar 2015 | Comments

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Erik Chisholm

Chisholm's Simoon to be given orchestral premiere

"Scotland's forgotten composer", Erik Chisholm, wrote a number of operas and one of these, Simoon, a psychological murder thriller, is being given its world orchestral premiere in Glasgow in June.

In 1930 The Active Society for the Propagation of Contemporary Music was set up in Glasgow, led by composer Erik Chisholm. He invited friends to come and perform their own works, including internationally known composers such as Bartók, Hindemith, Walton and Bax.

Chisholm lived in the West End (on...

Posted 16 Mar 2015 | Comments

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New Figaro from VoiceArc

A new opera company, VoiceArc, launches this week in Edinburgh. International opera singer, voice coach and Artistic Director of VoiceArc Dr Nell Drew, comments:

"VoiceArc arose from a conversation I had with a group of professional singers who were jaded by the constant rehashing of classic operas set within outdated themes. Increasingly the young professionals that we spoke to were turned away from opera as an art form because it bore no resemblance to the popular media they chose to...

Posted 4 Mar 2015 | Comments

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Take the Operabus to Glasgow for RCS opera!

Are you planning to support the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's development fund?

A great way to do this would be to attend the performance of Vaughan Williams' Sir John in Love on 13 May. Catch the Edinburgh Operabus (pictured) leaving West Register House, Charlotte Square at 4.45 in time to...

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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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New in February

Biography of Maureen Guy.

Tours of H.M.S. Pinafore (2015), Macbeth (1977), Orfeo ed Euridice (1967; 2015), Rake's Progress (2015), Rape of Lucretia (1977) and Turn of the Screw (1977). 

Posted 10 Mar 2015

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Traviata 2015

Ellen Kent Productions

31 Mar 11 Apr

Butterfly 2015

Ellen Kent Productions

01 Apr 02 Apr

Friends of Scottish Opera April 2015

Friends of Scottish Opera

05 Apr 09 Apr 12 Apr 22 Apr 25 Apr

Faust 2015

Swansea City Opera

07 Apr

Jenůfa 2015

Scottish Opera

07 Apr 09 Apr 11 Apr 16 Apr 18 Apr

Tosca 2015

Heritage Opera

08 Apr

Rigoletto 2015

Ellen Kent Productions

10 Apr

In italian or English? 2015

Wagner Society of Scotland

19 Apr

Actéon 2015

Ayrshire Operatic Experience

25 Apr

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