Opera Scotland

'Vixen' at St Andrews

For this summer's production, Byre Opera, the opera company of the University of St Andrews, presents Janácek's much-loved opera, The Cunning Little Vixen.


In his search for plots for his operas, Janacek was notable for using unusually diverse sources. The story of The Cunning Little Vixen is drawn from a comic strip based on folk tales of the adventures of a fox. This amusing yet engaging and ultimately serious opera follows her through the seasons, from capture as a young animal, to...

Posted 16 May 2017 | Comments

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Scottish premiere for Puccini

Le Villi is based on the same legend as the ballet Giselle and was written in 1883. The opera-ballet was Puccini's first stage work, and this performance at the Theatre Royal Glasgow marks its Scottish premiere.

Scottish Opera's Music Director, Stuart Stratford, conducts soloists Karen Slack as Anna, Stephen Gadd as Guglielmo and Peter Auty as Roberto. The latter two singers were both last seen at October's Sunday Series performance of L'amico Fritz, and they are joined by a chorus and the...

Posted 21 Apr 2017 | Comments

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Alex Reedijk and Stuart Stratford

Fresh look for Scottish Opera's new season

Scottish Opera has unveiled its 2017/18 Season which includes a world premiere, a Scottish premiere, four new productions and appearances at the Edinburgh International Festival, Manchester International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In common with other publicly-funded organisations, the company has suffered a further cut in its core funding. Nevertheless there are plenty of good things in prospect and a truly international line-up of singers appears throughout the season....

Posted 5 Apr 2017 | Comments

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Pelleas et Melisande

A Golden Age for opera?

Despite pressure on funding, the prospects for opera in Scotland seem brighter than for many years. Are we living through a golden age or a false dawn?

Perhaps most importantly, Scottish Opera have in Stuart Stratford a respected young British conductor as Director of Music, furthermore one on a long-term contract. The resourceful Alex Reedijk continues to be challenged by his budgets but clearly Stratford has brought refreshing ideas as to repertoire - witness the recent splendid Pelléas et...

Posted 26 Mar 2017 | Comments

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Pop-up Opera returns

Scottish Opera’s much-loved Pop-up Opera is back on the road in 2017, and takes to the waves on Scotland's first floating opera house, the converted pilot cutter Murray McDavid, kindly provided by Murray McDavid Scotch Whisky.

 Pop-up audiences can catch three 25-minute shows this year; A Little...

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Tam O'Shanter at Jordanhill Primary

Scottish Opera's work in schools

Thousands of primary school pupils across Scotland will rehearse and perform an opera based on Robert Burns' iconic poem Tam o' Shanter.

Scottish Opera's annual Primary Schools Tour continues this month with The Tale o' Tam o' Shanter, a show created to re-introduce young people to the works of...

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Would you like to help us?

OperaScotland has been looking back over a year of steady growth. All the team have been pleased by the growing interest in our work, so much so that we want to push on over the next year and ‘scale up’ if we possibly can.

But if we are to do this we need help. We want to keep the website as...

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New in April

The following were added; the month was notable for how many previews were loaded.

8th Door (2017); AÏda (2017); Bluebeard's Castle (2017);  Bohème (1897, 2017). and Carmina Burana (2017).

Manon Lescaut (1918); Matthew Passion (2017); Nabucco (2017); and Scala di Seta (2017).


Perth Festival – Tosca (2017).

Edinburgh Festival (2017) - Bohème; Combattimento; Coronazione di Poppea; Damnation of Faust; Don Giovanni; Greek; King Olaf; Macbeth; Orfeo; Peter Grimes; Ritorno d'Ulisse; Walküre.

Scottish Opera (2017) - Fiery Angel; Greek; Iolanta; Traviata.

Scottish Opera (2018) – Aleko; Ariadne auf Naxos; Eugene Onegin; Flight; Francesca da Rimini; Greek. 

Posted 6 May 2017

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What's On22 May - 22 Jun

Map List

May events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

23 May 27 May

Bohème 2017

Scottish Opera

25 May 27 May 31 May 04 Jun 06 Jun 08 Jun 10 Jun 13 Jun 15 Jun 17 Jun

Bohème Unwrapped 2017

Scottish Opera

26 May 01 Jun 14 Jun

Nabucco 2017

Tayside Opera

26 May 27 May

Pre-show Talk 2017

Scottish Opera

27 May 16 Jun 17 Jun

Opera Scenes 1 2017

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

01 Jun 02 Jun

An Evening of Opera and Song 2017


03 Jun

Lied der Nacht 2017

Hans Gál Society

04 Jun

Opera Scenes 2 2017

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

09 Jun 10 Jun

June events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

11 Jun

Cunning Little Vixen 2017

Byre Opera

16 Jun 17 Jun 18 Jun

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