Scottish Opera's New Season Announced
In addition to the new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni revealed earlier, a new production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale and a revival of Sir David McVicar's famous production of Madama Butterfly will be given. Our illustration is from the original performances and shows Natalia Dercho as Cio-Cio-San. Butterfly is a striking anniversary choice because it will echo the first ever performances by Scottish Opera.
Although there will be only three mainstage productions due to the closure of the...
Posted 21 May | Comments
Pirates of Penzance opens
The Pirates of Penzance has opened at Glasgow's Theatre Royal. Jointly produced by Scottish Opera and D'Oyly Carte, Gilbert and Sullivan's well-known work comes up as fresh as paint in thoroughly professional performances. With nods to Jack Sparrow and other contemporary twists, a wonderful cast, and Sullivan's entrancing music, Pirates still delights. Many followers of the Opera Scotland listings will have been introduced to opera originally through the Savoy operas, and should lose no...
Posted 17 May | Comments
Donizetti's Siege of Calais
English Touring Opera have won great reviews for their performances of Donizetti's rarely performed opera. The critic Rupert Christiansen in the Telegraph says "Thrilling, emotive singing from mezzo Helen Sherman in the trousers role of Aurelio, from Eddie Wade as his father Eustachio and from Paula Sides as Aurelio's wife. ETO has done The Siege of Calais proud."
Surely a treat is in store for audiences at the Perth Festival of the Arts. Rumour has it there are still a few tickets...
Posted 12 May | Comments
Edinburgh Grand's La traviata
Edinburgh Grand Opera are giving a fresh look to La Traviata, and together we're making you an exclusive new offer!
First, here are more details. The key roles are 'double cast', with some well known young singers appearing. The first cast involves the young Mexican tenor Oscar de la Torre, Rachael Brimley (from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Ivor Klayman; the second involves Susan McNaught, Ralph Strehle (from Germany) and the remarkable Welsh baritone Rhys Jenkins. Richard...
Posted 4 May | Comments