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Pagliacci

Things are happening in Paisley

Paisley-based company Opera Bamba, is about to perform its first opera L'Elisir d'amore in November. Opera Bamba is one of a number of opera startups in Scotland, a welcome development.

But quite naturallly, most attention must be given to Scottish Opera's plans.

Paisley has been chosen as the site for their production of Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci (The Clowns) in July 2018. The performances will take place at the city’s Seedhill Playing Fields in a huge tented structure, and Scottish...

Posted 25 Sep 2017 | Comments

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Opera North's Kiss me, Kate for Edinburgh

Tickets for the Edinburgh transfer of Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate are on general sale from 10am today.

Kiss Me, Kate will run at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from 4 July 2018, following performances at Leeds Grand Theatre and, for the first time, at the London Coliseum in the heart of the West End.

Conducted by James Holmes and directed by Jo Davies, the cast will feature top talent from the worlds of both opera and the West End. You will be...

Posted 4 Sep 2017 | Comments

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Sound Festival

A welcome feature of soundfestival's 2017 programme is the emphasis on opera. "Out of the box" opera is promised on Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November in a variety of sites.

Already announced is the reappearance of Belongings, a work for tenor and cellist, to take place on the Caledonian Sleeper to Aberdeen. The service to catch is the 21.15 on 9 November from London Euston, followed by a performance the next day at the Royal Deeside Railway, Milton of Crathie.

sound is all about...

Posted 2 Sep 2017 | Comments

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Sleepers awake! Opera takes the train

Southward-bound sleeper passengers recently had an unexpected experience. An opera was given its world premiere on a sleeper train between Aberdeen and London. Tenor Robert Lewis (pictured) performed on the overnight train service between Aberdeen and London.

Belongings, inspired by items of luggage carried by railway passengers, was performed Monday night.

It is the first time an opera has been staged on board a Caledonian Sleeper service.

The pop-up piece was performed in the lounge car...

Posted 29 Jul 2017 | Comments

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Opera hits heights at 70th Anniversary Festival

In terms of opera, this was the greatest Festival for some considerable time.


For the first time in many years, the Festival had a residency by a major visiting opera company.


The Teatro Regio, Torino, brought Macbeth, the opera that opened that very first Festival back in 1947, together with La...

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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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Added in July and August

The OperaScotland team have been steadily working away.

The Edinburgh Festival has been the greatest for some years, at least in operatic terms, and we recommend casts and reviews for the following:-

Bohème (2017); Coronation of Poppea (2017); Don Giovanni (2017);  King Olaf (2017); Macbeth (2017); Orfeo (2017); Return of Ulysses (2017);

There is also data for Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (2017); Damnation of Faust (2017)Peter Grimes (2017); Valkyrie (2017).

On the Fringe we saw Marriage of Figaro (2017); while beyond Edinburgh there was L' Occasione fa il ladro (2017).

The OperaScotland archivist has been diligently recovering and entering casts for performances by Carl Rosa. You have been able to view performances from 1874 to 1899 for quite some time, and later ones too.

But we have started to itemise, check and list those in the early 20th century. See Aida (1923); Samson and Delilah (1923); Maritana (1923); Carmen (1923); Tales of Hoffman (1923) or Bohemian Girl (1923).

Posted 15 Sep 2017

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Opera Highlights 2017

Scottish Opera

26 Sep 28 Sep 30 Sep 03 Oct 05 Oct 07 Oct 10 Oct 12 Oct 14 Oct 17 Oct 19 Oct 21 Oct 24 Oct

Magic Flute in Scots 2017

Perthshire Opera

01 Oct

Belle Helene 2017

Opera Camerata

11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct

An Evening of Opera 2017

Opera Bamba

14 Oct

Traviata 2017

Scottish Opera

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