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
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
Anamchara - songs of friendship
Anamchara, a family opera, was conceived as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Drawing on talents from across the Commonwealth, over 100 performers will bring the work to life.
It is performed by young professional singers, musicians and dancers from Scottish Opera, Calgary Opera, Cape Town Opera, New Zealand Opera and the India-based Yuva Ekta Foundation working alongside Scottish singers. The project draws on volunteers from Scottish Opera's Connect Orchestra and Chorus. There is...
Posted 25 Jul | Comments
Aberdeen International Youth Festival
This remarkable Festival, now 42 years old, is continuing to develop its activities, which span the worlds of dance, theatre, world music, choirs, orchestras, jazz and opera. The operatic events are focussed on a residency for talented young singers, so for us it provides a chance to see and hear the talented young performers of the future.
Running from 25 July to 2 August, this year there is an added feature in the link with the Commonwealth Games. Check our listings for your opportunities...
Posted 17 Jul | Comments