Live from the Met 2013-14 Season
New York's Metropolitan Opera's transmissions (live in HD) have quickly become part of the operatic landscape in Scotland; experienced opera buffs can pick out operas or performers they have never had a chance to hear, and those new to opera can check out the experience in a cinema closer to home or somewhat cheaper than a performance in the flesh. Often too customers get comfier seats and better legroom than would be found in some theatres. Unquestionably the format has attracted a new...
Posted 16 Jun | Comments
Tosca in Aberdeen's Duthie Park
This year's BP Big Screen event in Scotland is a live transmission of Puccini's Tosca from the Royal Opera House, London on Thursday 18 July, free to all attending. This popular event, displaced last year from its regular mid-summer slot because of the Olympics, returns to its normal time. Sadly this is the only open air screening in Scotland - the other ROH offering, Puccine's La rondine, is not being shown.
Let us hope for good weather. Traditionally this is the largest single operatic...
Posted 8 Jun | Comments
Opera at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Exciting news for all interested in new work - three new operas (all praised when they first appeared) are being revived on the Fringe. The Garden and Last One Out (written for last year's Sounds Festival) and the Sloans Project all make a welcome reappearance.
There are world premieres for Bare and Red as Blood, two new pieces coupled with Walton's The Bear (Helios Chamber Opera with Melos Sinfonia). Operatic favourites include Cosi fan tutte (Opera'r Ddraig), Eugene Onegin (Opera Bohemia)...
Posted 2 Jun | Comments
Scottish Opera's New Season Announced
In addition to the new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni revealed earlier, a new production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale and a revival of Sir David McVicar's famous production of Madama Butterfly will be given. Our illustration is from the original performances and shows Natalia Dercho as Cio-Cio-San. Butterfly is a striking anniversary choice because it will echo the first ever performances by Scottish Opera.
Although there will be only three mainstage productions due to the closure of the...
Posted 21 May | Comments