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Stuart Stratford, Alex Reedijk and Sir Thomas Allen

Scottish Opera's new season unveiled

An exciting programme is announced for the next 12 months, with works spanning four centuries in four languages. The new season features ten shows, two world premieres, six new productions and 111 performances in 46 venues across 41 towns.

The season of seven operas begins in October with Bizet's immensely popular and colourful Carmen. Director Benjamin Davis revives Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser's much-loved 1999 production, bringing the heat and intensity of this famous Seville love...

Posted 20 May 2015 | Comments

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Erik Chisholm's Simoon

World premiere of the fully orchestrated opera Simoon by Scottish composer, Erik Chisholm, the performance forms part of Glasgow's 2015 West End Festival and the Cottier Chamber Project. 

With a libretto from the play of the same name by August Strindberg, the opera will be performed live to a commissioned film by director Roddy Simpson, with dancers Salma Faraji and Erick Mauricia, and actor Michael Daviot, with Kevin Axel.

Jane Irwin and Charlie Drummond sopranos, Philip Sheffield tenor...

Posted 16 May 2015 | Comments

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Il Trovatore

Scottish Opera's much praised production of Verdi's Trovatore has opened with a strong new cast. This fiery production sets out to match the grandeur and drama of the music.

Conjuring up the spirit of the Dark Ages, a world rife with superstition and ignorance, this turbulent tale follows a dramatic chain of events set in motion by an accusation of witchcraft. The stark, brooding lines of the set combine with the atmospheric lighting to create a majestic and menacing backdrop for an...

Posted 10 May 2015 | Comments

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The Fat Knight

Having performed Verdi's Falstaff (2005) and Nicolai's Lustigen Weiber (2013), the RCS Opera department completes its operatic Falstaffian trilogy with Vaughan Williams' colourful and lyrical Sir John in Love.

Originally titled The Fat Knight, Sir John was first performed at the Royal College of Music in 1929 and received its first professional performance in 1946 at Sadler's Wells.

Don't miss this irresistibly energetic opera which offers a genuine sense of theatrical comedy ...

Posted 5 May 2015 | Comments

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On tour with Scottish Opera

"Touring continues to be integral to what we do", says Alex Reedijk of Scottish Opera. "We restate our passion for it this season with two fabulous tours taking opera to 37 smaller venues in Scotland plus our unique 'Pop-Up Opera' trailer which will tour to summer festivals."

Throughout the...

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Take the Operabus to Glasgow for RCS opera!

Are you planning to support the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's development fund?

A great way to do this would be to attend the performance of Vaughan Williams' Sir John in Love on 13 May. Catch the Edinburgh Operabus (pictured) leaving West Register House, Charlotte Square at 4.45 in time to...

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Would you like to help us?

OperaScotland has again been looking back over a hectic year of continued 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...

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Added in April

New this month are notes on these dramatic works:- Apostles (Elgar), Dream of Gerontius (Elgar) and Kingdom (Elgar).



Aïda (1926), Apostles (2015), Carmina Burana (1988, 1995, 2001), Dream of Gerontius (1921, 1928, 1986, 1989; 2000),  Gianni Schicchi (1926), Hansel and Gretel (1926) and Kingdom (1994, 2007).

Featured too are Madam Butterfly (2015), Magic Flute (1952), Marriage of Figaro (2015), Otello (1926), Pagliacci (1926), Parsifal (1926), Rigoletto (1926; 1945), Rosenkavalier (1947) and Tosca (1945, 1946).

Posted 2 May 2015

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What's On29 May - 29 Jun

Map List

Dream of Gerontius 2015

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

29 May 30 May

Actéon 2015

Ayrshire Operatic Experience

30 May

Trovatore 2015

Scottish Opera

30 May 04 Jun 06 Jun 11 Jun 13 Jun

Carousel 2015

Opera North

02 Jun 03 Jun 04 Jun 04 Jun 05 Jun 06 Jun 06 Jun

Opera Scenes 2015

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

04 Jun 05 Jun

Friends of Scottish Opera June 2015

Friends of Scottish Opera

07 Jun

Simoon 2015


08 Jun

Iphigenia in Tauris 2015

Byre Opera

15 Jun 17 Jun 18 Jun

Art as Utopia - Parsifal and the East German Left 2015

Wagner Society of Scotland

21 Jun

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