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Scene from Norma

Norma for Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival has announced that it will present the Salzburg Festival's internationally acclaimed production of Bellini's Norma as part of Festival 2016.

Starring world renowned mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli in the title role, the staging of Norma by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser will open the Festival's opera programme. There are to be  three performances at the Festival Theatre running from 5 to 9 August 2016. 

This is to be Cecilia Bartoli's first appearance on...

Posted 6 Nov 2015 | Comments

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Gounod's Faust reappears

Gounod's great opera Faust, packed full of melody and drama, returns to the stage in Fife Opera's 2015 production.

The work held the stage for around a century, dominating the repertoire and then quite quickly became rarely performed. Our image shows Feodor Chaliapin as Méphistophélès, one of the many great singers to have performed this role. Unfashionable though the opera now is, there is much to admire and it is always a pleasure to listen to.

Fife Opera's production team, relatively...

Posted 28 Oct 2015 | Comments

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Recording of Breathe Freely released

Scottish composer Julian Wagstaff's opera Breathe Freely is produced by the Glasgow-based label Linn Records, and features world-class musicians and singers including conductor Derek Clark, Scottish Opera's Head of Music. Commercial recordings of Scottish operas are rare, and this is the first such recording since Judith Weir's A Night at the Chinese Opera in 2002.

The 40-minute opera, commissioned in 2013 by the University of Edinburgh to celebrate the 300th anniversary of its School of...

Posted 18 Oct 2015 | Comments

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Bizet's Carmen launched

Scottish Opera's mainstage offering this autumn is Bizet's Carmen, which will be taken on tour to Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh following the Glasgow performances. Justina Gringyte's interpretation of Carmen has been winning rave reviews, as has Noah Stewart as Don José.

Long a favourite with audiences, this great work will attract opera lovers and 'newbies' alike.  To see further images, which can be expanded, click through here. Try booking your tickets by clicking through the red map...

Posted 11 Oct 2015 | Comments

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Opera Platform

Opera Europa Digital Platform

For some time now, we have not been listing cinema performances or streamings unless they were special such as the BP Big Screen event in Duthie Park, Aberdeen, once a year.

Opera Europa Digital Platform has now launched, offering a series of monthly online showcases of a complete opera from a...

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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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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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Additions to the website in October

Work this month has been focussed on trying to ensure we have a complete list of casts, venues and performances for Sadler's Wells Opera, the forerunner of ENO. This has been hampered by the closure of their archive at present. Nevertheless, we will shortly be announcing completion of this stage in out work.

In the meantime, details have been added for the following productions:-

Andrea Chénier (1960), Barber of Seville (1944), Bohème (1941, 1944, 1961), Carmen (1963),  Cavalleria Rusticana (1963) and Cenerentola (1965, 1967).

Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (2015), Così fan tutte (1944, 1966, 1967, 2015); Faust (2015) and Fledermaus (1941).

Also added were Flying Dutchman (1965), Freischütz (1965). Gianni Schicchi (1944) and Lucia di Lammermoor (1971, 1972, 1973); Madam Butterfly (1941, 1944, 1965, 1966, 1967), Magic Flute (1942); Marriage of Figaro (1941, 1965); Martha (1961); Pagliacci (1963).

And then to finish Rigoletto (1942); Tabarro (1944); Tales of Hoffmann (2015); Traviata (1941, 1963); Venus and Adonis (2015)

Posted 6 Nov 2015

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What's On27 Nov - 27 Dec

Map List

Hirda 2015

New Opera in Scotland Events (NOISE)

28 Nov 29 Nov 03 Dec 04 Dec 07 Dec 08 Dec

Friends of Scottish Opera November 2015

Friends of Scottish Opera

29 Nov

Scozzesi concert 2015


29 Nov 08 Dec

Winter Concert 2015

Tayside Opera

29 Nov

Opera Scenes 2015

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

03 Dec 05 Dec

Emerging Artists Recital 2015

Scottish Opera

04 Dec

Fridays at One 2015

Scottish Opera

04 Dec

Friends of Scottish Opera December 2015

Friends of Scottish Opera

05 Dec 06 Dec 09 Dec 11 Dec 13 Dec

Upload Opera 2015

Upload Opera

05 Dec

AGM and Members' Christmas Social 2015

Wagner Society of Scotland

06 Dec

Amahl and the Night Visitors 2015

Opera Bohemia

10 Dec 11 Dec 12 Dec 13 Dec

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