Opera Scotland

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

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Carl Rosa exhibition

The Carl Rosa Opera Company was the most important touring company of its time. Travelling from its Liverpool base throughout the British Isles, Carl Rosa had a major influence on Scottish cultural life for over eighty years.

The welcome news is that on Saturday 19 November, there is to be the opening of an exhibition and a lecture/recital  at the home of the archive in Liverpool's great Central Library at 2.15pm. featuring performances by music students from Liverpool Hope University.  It...

Posted 6 Oct 2016 | Comments

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Jan Tait and the Bear

A new chamber opera, Jan Tait and the Bear is about to be given in Glasgow. Set in 15th century Shetland, when its islands were under Norwegian rule and when taxes were paid in butter, Fetlar local Jan Tait lands himself in deep trouble when he clashes with the Norwegian tax officer. This comedic chamber opera follows Tait on an adventure-laden journey to Norway, a perilous encounter with the king, and a triumphant journey home, accompanied by a ferocious brown bear.

Jan Tait and the...

Posted 30 Sep 2016 | Comments

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Elixir of Love

Scottish Opera's new production of Donizetti's sunny comedy is setting out on a tour to 17 venues around the country. The Company's Music Director, Stuart Stratford – who attracted rave reviews for his work on Rusalka and Opera Holland Park's Iris earlier this year – conducts the first six performances of this lively opera. Derek Clark, Scottish Opera's Head of Music, takes over on the remaining dates.

Young British director Oliver Platt and designer Oliver Townsend (Rodelinda 2013) take...

Posted 19 Sep 2016 | Comments

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Handel's Messiah from scratch 6.30 Sat 22 April 2017

Come along and help raise money for a great cause, Alzheimer's Research UK, to St Cuthbert's Church Edinburgh EH1 2EP with the Sing for Brains Chorus and the Canongate Orchestra conducted by Robert Dick.

Singing tickets £20; Audience Tickets £15; All welcome

Six hundred singers from choirs all...

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Perthshire Opera

Perthshire Opera and Acteon

Bookings are invited for a Baroque Opera Course at the Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld, this 23-29 October.

If you have always fancied performing in a fully staged opera production then this course is for you - no previous experience necessary.

Visit the website www.perthshireopera.com for more...

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New opera company in Paisley

Mathew Oliver is just 21 but he has set up what is believed to be Paisley’s first-ever opera company, which will stage Giacomo Puccini’s tune-filled masterpiece La bohème in November.

Mathew, a physics student at Glasgow University, first became interested in opera when he was a pupil at Paisley...

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New in September

This month the OperaScotland team have been busy on a variety of fronts.

Casts have been entered for Alcina (2016); Bohème (2016); Carmen (2016); and Elixir of Love (2016).

Also for Madama Butterfly (1995; 2016); Marriage of Figaro (1995) and Tannhäuser (2016).

Amongst other things we have been uploading more images of programme covers, showing just how styles have changed down the years.

We have been drumming up support for the exhibition regarding the Carl Rosa Opera Company at Liverpool Central Library, to be opened on Saturday 19 November and displayed until 23 December, free entrance. Please attend if you can.

Finally we have been continuing to research the early years of Carl Rosa for a chapter in a book provisionally called "The Carl Rosa Story" under the auspices of the Carl Rosa Trust.

Later we plan to write a full biography of the great man himself.

Posted 21 Oct 2016

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What's On27 Oct - 27 Nov

Map List

Nozze di Figaro 2016

Scottish Opera

27 Oct 29 Oct 01 Nov 03 Nov 05 Nov 09 Nov 11 Nov 13 Nov 17 Nov 19 Nov

Elisir d'amore 2016

Scottish Opera

27 Oct 29 Oct

October Events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2016

Scottish Opera

28 Oct 28 Oct 29 Oct

Marriage of Figaro Unwrapped 2016

Scottish Opera

28 Oct 04 Nov 10 Nov

Demimondaine 2016


28 Oct 29 Oct

Pre-show talk 2016

Scottish Opera

29 Oct 05 Nov 19 Nov

Actéon 2016

Perthshire Opera

29 Oct

Wagner's Shakespeare 2016

Wagner Society of Scotland

30 Oct

November events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2016

Friends of Scottish Opera

02 Nov 02 Nov 06 Nov 06 Nov 06 Nov 19 Nov

Eugene Onegin 2016

Fife Opera

02 Nov 03 Nov 04 Nov 05 Nov

Figaro abridged 2016

Scottish Opera

12 Nov

Scozzesi in Dollar 2016


12 Nov

Bohème 2016

Opera Bamba

17 Nov 18 Nov

Jephtha 2016

St Andrews Chorus

19 Nov

Bluebeard's Castle 2016

Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra

26 Nov

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