Opera North back in Edinburgh
Two one-act Puccini operas rarely seen in Scotland are to be performed by Opera North at the Festival Theatre this week, along with Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd.
Our illustration from Suor Angelica focuses on one of the most heart-rending human experiences. Sister Angelica has been confined to a convent following the scandal of an illegitimate son. After years of longing every single day for her child, she finslly discovers that he died a long time ago. Angelica is plunged into...
Posted 27 Nov 2016 | Comments
Fresh Light on Operatic History
On Saturday 19 November, Anthony Phillips, chairman of the Carl Rosa Trust, welcomed guests to the opening of an exhibition in Liverpool. Our picture shows him making introductory remarks in the Hornby Library of Liverpool Central Library.
This exhibition, which runs for another month, commemorates the work of Carl Rosa Opera. The company, launched in 1873 and based for many years in Liverpool, operated until 1960. Established to bring opera in English to towns and cities throughout the...
Posted 20 Nov 2016 | Comments
UK's first Dementia-Friendly Performance
The UK's first dementia-friendly opera performance is being given at the Festival Theatre by Scottish Opera on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 3pm.
This landmark event follows the pioneering work by both Scottish Opera and the Festival Theatre, supported by the Life Changes Trust, to develop dementia-friendly communities at the heart of their work. This matinee offers a specially abridged performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. With a running time of 1 hour 45 minutes including an...
Posted 30 Oct 2016 | Comments
St Andrews Voices Fifth Anniversary
This year's Festival - the fifth - runs from 20-23 October and again celebrates the voice in all its glory.
There is the usual wide range of events to explore, set in venues ranging from St Salvator's Chapel to the Younger Hall. Other locations hosting performance include the Byre Theatre, Topping's bookshop, Hotel du Vin and St Leonard's Chapel. The appealing and accessible programme again includes a number of free events.
As for operatic content, this year offers the first performance in...
Posted 16 Oct 2016 | Comments