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European Opera Day

European Opera Days

European Opera Days refers to the weekend nearest Europe Day, 9 May, and has been running across Europe since 2007.  This year, seven of the UK's opera companies have joined forces to produce Inside Opera: Live, a new and unique online event offering unprecedented behind the scenes access and insight into opera being created and performed across the country.  Our very own national company, Scottish Opera, joins with English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Opera...

Posted 16 Apr | Comments

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In rehearsals for Don Giovanni

Thomas Allen appointed Music Adviser to Scottish Opera

World famous baritone Sir Thomas Allen has been appointed Music Adviser to Scottish Opera.  His brief is to provide high level input and advice on musical and artistic matters while the company continues the process of recruiting a Music Director. In recent years he has formed a close association with the company, directing critically acclaimed productions of Rossini's Barber of Seville and Mozart's trio of masterpieces Marriage of Figaro, Magic Flute and Don Giovanni

Originally from...

Posted 10 Apr | Comments

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ETO's visit to Perth with Magic Flute

English Touring Opera's annual visit to the Perth Festival of the Arts has long been a tradition. This year however there is something new - the single performance of Mozart's Magic Flute is to be given in Perth Concert Hall using the orchestra pit.  The fully staged performance will be sung in English employing a full set and striking costumes.

The change of venue, though one forced due to the closure of Perth Theatre for rebuilding, offers more opera lovers than ever a chance to see this...

Posted 8 Apr | Comments

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Tribute to John Calder

That remarkable man, publisher John Calder, the Scots-Canadian who has contributed so much to the arts scene in Scotland, is now in his late eighties. One of those who thinks his contribution desrves a tribute - indeed a celebration - is Gill Parry of Connectfilm, and she has therefore led efforts to bring about a weekend of events at the Traverse Theatre on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 April.

However great Calder's contribution to literature is, it should not be allowed to overshadow his...

Posted 30 Mar | Comments

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Sir Walter Scott and Opera

In a striking new venture, Scottish Opera are marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Waverly, the first of Sir Walter Scott's world-famous series of Waverly Novels.  Three well known singers (Judith Howarth, Michael Colvin and Roland Wood) and their accompanist, Derek Clark of...

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Voice Horizons launches

Voice Horizons, a new musical theatre and opera training company, launches in the next few days in Edinburgh.  On 15, 16 and 23 February Voice Horizons is running workshops and auditions for singers who aspire to take their voices to centre stage.


International opera singer and Artistic Director...

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News of the new Carl Rosa Opera Ltd

Over ten years ago, a remarkable entrepreneur, Peter Mulloy, set out to revive the brand of Carl Rosa Opera, renowned in its day for taking opera to the masses at popular prices.


Operating without subsidy, Peter found a gap in the market - supplying the market with operetta, and Gilbert and...

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Updates in March

Added is a short note on the opera Owen Wingrave (Britten), and information on a great number of performances.

In alphabetical order by opera name, you can check out performance details for Aida (1908; 1927; 2009; 2014), Bohème (

Posted 7 Apr | Comments

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What's On19 Apr - 19 May

Map List

Bohème 2014

Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society

19 Apr

Introducing Opera 2014

Derek Watson

23 Apr 30 Apr 07 May 14 May

Dido and Aeneas 2014

Aberdeen University Opera Society

23 Apr 25 Apr 26 Apr

Friends of Scottish Opera April 2014

Friends of Scottish Opera

24 Apr 27 Apr

Così fan tutte 2014

Metropolitan Opera

26 Apr 26 Apr 26 Apr 26 Apr 26 Apr 26 Apr 26 Apr 26 Apr 26 Apr

Wagner and the Dance 2014

Wagner Society of Scotland

27 Apr

Friends of Scottish Opera May 2014

Friends of Scottish Opera

04 May

Madam Butterfly 2014

Scottish Opera

08 May 11 May 13 May 15 May 17 May

Madam Butterfly unwrapped 2014

Scottish Opera

09 May

Rondine 2014

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

10 May 12 May 13 May 15 May

Inside Opera:Live 2014

Co-production

10 May

Cenerentola 2014

Metropolitan Opera

10 May 10 May 10 May 10 May 10 May 10 May 10 May 10 May 10 May

Wagner and conducting 2014

Wagner Society of Scotland

11 May

Madam Butterfly 2014

Opera à la Carte

16 May

Madam Butterfly (pre-show talk) 2014

Scottish Opera

17 May

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