Opera Scotland

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

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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

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Anamchara - songs of friendship

Anamchara, a family opera, was conceived as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Drawing on talents from across the Commonwealth, over 100 performers will bring the work to life.

It is performed by young professional singers, musicians and dancers from Scottish Opera, Calgary Opera, Cape Town Opera, New Zealand Opera and the India-based Yuva Ekta Foundation working alongside Scottish singers. The project draws on volunteers from Scottish Opera's Connect Orchestra and Chorus. There is...

Posted 25 Jul | Comments

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Aberdeen International Youth Festival

This remarkable Festival, now 42 years old, is continuing to develop its activities, which span the worlds of dance, theatre, world music, choirs, orchestras, jazz and opera.  The operatic events are focussed on a residency for talented young singers, so for us it provides a chance to see and hear the talented young performers of the future.

Running from 25 July to 2 August, this year there is an added feature in the link with the Commonwealth Games. Check our listings for your opportunities...

Posted 17 Jul | Comments

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Hannah Rudman

Hannah Rudman and the Cultural Enterprise Office

OperaScotland is now well established and - happily - traffic to the site continues to build month on month and year on year. Nevertheless we continue to ask ourselves how we can improve our activity and our impact.

As part of this process Iain Fraser recently met independent consultant Hannah...

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Count of Luxembourg

Opera Camerata and the Count of Luxembourg

Opera Camerata's offering this year is Franz Lehar's Count of Luxembourg, a delightful work that is rarely staged nowadays.

The Count will be shown in October in their regular venue, Edinburgh's Church Hill Theatre. The work is to be performed in English in Eric Maschwitz's translation with the...

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Fife Opera to perform Carmen

Fife Opera have announced the appointment of Alistair Digges as their new Musical Director. Alistair is already an experienced, dynamic young conductor with a reputation for bringing lots of fun and energy to rehearsals.

The company has also announced that their 2014 production is to be Carmen....

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Added in July

A quiet month... Niotes were added on Carlo Bergonzi (d.2014) and Greek Slave (Jones).

Tour information was added for Ariadne on Naxos (1977), Atlántida (1962), Dante and Beatrice (1918), Eugene Onegin (1981), Greek Slave (1898; 1899) and Madama Butterfly (1976; 1978).

Posted 14 Aug

What's On20 Aug - 20 Sep

Map List

Absolved Passions 2014

Magnone and Wishart Music

20 Aug 21 Aug 22 Aug 23 Aug 24 Aug 25 Aug

Dido and Aeneas 2014

About Turn Theatre Company

20 Aug 21 Aug 22 Aug 23 Aug

Ride of the Wagnerian 2014


20 Aug 21 Aug 22 Aug 23 Aug 23 Aug 24 Aug

Barbiere di Siviglia 2014

Magnetic Opera

20 Aug 22 Aug 23 Aug

Gianni Schicchi 2014

Opera Bohemia

20 Aug 21 Aug 22 Aug 23 Aug

Così fan tutte 2014

Opera dei Lumi

22 Aug 26 Aug

Valkyrie Act 1 and Siegfried Idyll 2014


23 Aug 24 Aug

William Tell 2014

Teatro Regio, Turin

26 Aug

Trojans 2014

Mariinsky Opera, St Petersburg

28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug

RSNO Opera Gala 2014

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

03 Sep

Parsifal Study Course 2014

Derek Watson

04 Sep

Incoronazione di Poppea 2014

Ryedale Festival Opera

13 Sep

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