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Trojans back in Scotland

Hector Berlioz's epic work The Trojans returns to Scotland in a spectacular and colourful production by the Mariinsky Opera under Valery Gergiev. 

Love and war, obedience and loyalty, fate and freedom. Berlioz's visionary work is on an epic scale, and deals with some of mankind's profoundest questions in a work of exceptional power and sensual lyricism.

The Trojans has a special place in the hearts of Scottish opera lovers, for it was here that it was givn its first performance in the UK...

Posted 27 Aug | Comments

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Gianandrea Noseda

William Tell

Rossini's last opera, William Tell, is being given a rare performance in Scotland as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, albeit only in concert form. The conductor (pictured) is Gianandrea Noseda and the company, the Turin Opera, have not so far appeared in Scotland. We look forward to a fine performance.

The opera contains some well-known music. Anyone from an older generation who remembers Andy Stewart's 'Scottish Soldier' or the Lone Ranger TV series will be on familiar...

Posted 24 Aug | Comments

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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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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 On28 Aug - 28 Sep

Map List

Trojans 2014

Mariinsky Opera, St Petersburg

28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug

A Passion for Opera 2014

Heritage Opera

29 Aug

Concert 2014

Scottish Sinfonia

31 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 15 Sep

Acis and Galatea 2014

Dunedin Consort

21 Sep

Macbeth 2014

Scottish Opera

25 Sep 27 Sep

Opera Alba on tour 2014

Opera Alba

27 Sep

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