Scottish Opera repertoire for 2016-17 announced
A varied and appealing programme is announced for next year, with performances ranging from the classics to contemporary opera, and offering something for most tastes. Considering the climate of cuts in government support for the arts, at first sight this looks surprisingly enterprising.
Opening the season is Sir Thomas Allen's staging of Marriage of Figaro, a revival of his 2010 interpretation of Mozart's masterpiece. Beautiful period designs by Simon Higlett provide the backdrop to this...
Posted 27 Apr 2016 | Comments
Opera North's Billy Budd for Edinburgh
Opera North's forthcoming season includes a pleasant surprise for operagoers in Scotland - four performances in Edinburgh late this year. There will be two chances to see a new production of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd, and two to see a pair of one acters by Puccini, Il tabarro and Suor Angelica.
Orpha Phelan directs Billy Budd – an opera which was last seen on the Opera North stage over two decades ago. This new production brings together some of the country's leading Britten interpreters...
Posted 26 Apr 2016 | Comments
Haydn's Deserted Island
Haydn's opera L'isola disabitata (The Desert Island) is to be given a rare outing.
On 12 May at Glasgow Cathedral, Opera dei Lumi are giving a concert performance, with soloists drawn from the Glasgow Cathedral Choir including Beth Margaret Taylor, Emma Mockett, Robert Forrest and Jonathan Forbes Kennedy. The conductor is Peter Keenan.
The concert is being given in aid of Alzheimer Scotland, the leading dementia organisation in Scotland.
For more information, and the chance to buy a...
Posted 20 Apr 2016 | Comments
An exciting competition entitled Opera Sparks 2018 has been launched. Young people are invited to compose short operas, with the three winning entries to be performed by Scottish Opera's Connect Company in 2018 when Connect celebrates its tenth anniversary.
Open to those aged 26 and under who are Scottish or based in Scotland, the winning operas - which must be no more than 15 minutes in length - will be performed by members of Connect, Scottish Opera's youth company, aged 14 to 21. Three...
Posted 17 Apr 2016 | Comments