Twenty years of Opera Highlights
Opera lovers lucky enough to attend main stage performances may find it tempting to dismiss evenings of opera highlights as routine fare suitable only for the most remote venues in Scotland. But Scottish Opera's Highlights tour has won particularly high praise for the freshness of its musical mix. and the quality of its singing, presentation and all-round entertainment.
Four singers and a pianist are packed into a trusty transit van full of props and costumes and off they go - to venues...
Posted 6 Mar | Comments
ESO's Fledermaus opens
Edinburgh Studio Opera launch their latest production, the evergreen Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, full of memorable tunes and with a witty, well turned plot as well. Musical director William Conway, known not just from his days playing with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, but increasingly as a conductor, leads the forty-strong band of young musicians. Director Thomas Henderson brings to bear his growing experience of opera direction together with his past ventures in drama, acting and...
Posted 25 Feb | Comments
Spring Tour of Eugene Onegin
Opera Bohemia have announced that Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin is be performed in their spring tour. Scottish favourites Douglas Nairne and Catriona Clark lead a star cast of young professional singers, including Scottish Opera's young artists Ross McInroy and Louise Collet, and English National Opera's tenor from the Barber of Seville, Tyler Clarke.
The opera, based on Alexander Pushkin's famous novel, tells the story of a wealthy young man, who lives to regret his nonchalant dismissal of a...
Posted 6 Feb | Comments
Sparkling Pasquale opens
Director Renaud Doucet and designer André Barbe have produced a delightful new production of Donizetti's timeless comedy.
Set in 1960s Rome, as the fine images show, the production offers a splendid performance by Alfonso Antoniozzi and some fine singing from the cast. There are some lovely comic touches that never cut across the music. The production team have given us a Pensione Pasquale featuring many cats in a cartoon-like setting. The production as a whole proves an evening to...
Posted 27 Jan | Comments