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Opera Highlights 2014

Great New Tour for 'Opera Highlights'

A great evening for those brand new to opera, seasoned fans and everyone in-between, 'Opera Highlights' features music from some of the world's most popular operas, as well as several lesser-known treats selected by Scottish Opera's Head of Music, Derek Clark.

This January, Scottish Opera's trusty van will be loaded up again. Taking a piano, a handful of props and four talented young singers the company will perform at some of the smaller or more remote venues the length and breadth of...

Posted 11 Dec | Comments

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Inés de Castro returns

Acclaimed Scottish composer James MacMillan will conduct his opera, Inés de Castro, for the first time at performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh this January. Hailed “a major triumph” when the work was premiered by Scottish Opera in 1996, this new production has given the composer a chance to revisit, and alter, the original score.

James MacMillan said:"In the 20 years that have elapsed since composing the work I have been able to rethink some of it for this revival, and I hope that it will...

Posted 3 Dec | Comments

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Feisty Divas

Now in its fourth year, 'Previously...' Scotland's History Festival exists as an educational, heritage and cultural festival. 'Previously..' aims to celebrate Scotland's History, to widen access and participation, to create connections and threads between our past, our present and our future.

Naturally, Scotland's enjoyment of opera reaching back to the eighteenth century, OperaScotland felt that this great art should also be represented.

For more than five years now, we have been...

Posted 19 Nov | Comments

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Friends of Scottish Opera take stock

How many recognise the image shown here? The photograph shows the badge worn by members of the Friends of Scottish Opera. Look out for the badge at performances. Please say hello and introduce yourself!

At the well-attended AGM of the Friends on Wednesday 23 October, the chair, Tony Burton, brought members up to date with the thinking of the working party. This has been set up to consider ways the Friends could grow support for Scottish Opera throughout the country and beyond. The Friends,...

Posted 2 Nov | Comments

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Faust for Ayr

Swansea City Opera is celebrating ten years of existence by touring Gounod's Faust, rarely performed these days despite its well-known wonderful music.  One of the stops is Ayr, the only Scottish venue.

Audiences can discover more about the importance of design in staging an opera with the free...

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Snow Maiden and Glasgow Grand

Thanks to the generosity of Jim and Elaine Duncan, we now have photographs from the 1957 production of Rimsky-Korsakov's Snow Maiden by Glasgow Grand Opera. Their father, James Duncan, was singing Tsar Berendey, and is wearing an appropriately magnificent robe. Thank you, Jim and Elaine!

To see...

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William Boland, famous tenor

William Boland, famous international tenor

Recently OperaScotland heard from Dean Cahill, based in Sapcote near Leicester.  He was looking for a 'good home' for papers concerning the international tenor William Boland.

We were delighted as we wanted to learn more about Boland, who performed many times in Scotland with different...

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New to the site to the end of November

Notes have been added on Sesto Bruscantini, Maria Callas, Fernando Corena, Cristina Deutekom, Christopher Hogwood, Mary Ann Paton and Shirley Verrett.

Short notes have been added on the following operas performed in Scotland:- Duenna (Linley), Love in a Village (Arne), Mamelles de Tirésias (Poulenc) and Medea (Bryars)

Information has been added on the following tours :- Ariadne on Naxos (1998), Barber of Seville (1942), Bohème (1944), Cenerentola (1835; 2014), Duenna (1824), Elisir d'amore (2015), Julietta (2003), Love in a Village (1824), Marriage of Figaro (1824), Medea (1995), Semele (1969), Siegfried (1901) and Wozzeck (2014).

Posted 1 Dec

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What's On21 Dec - 21 Jan

Map List

Mister MacNeep has lost his Sheep! 2014

Scottish Opera

21 Dec 21 Dec

Friends of Scottish Opera January 2015

Friends of Scottish Opera

10 Jan 11 Jan 11 Jan

An hour at the Opera 2015

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

12 Jan

Nozze di Figaro 2015

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

16 Jan 17 Jan 19 Jan

Le nozze di figaro 2015

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

16 Jan 17 Jan 19 Jan

Coro Alba 2015

Coro Alba

18 Jan

Mastersingers: History and Depiction 2015

Wagner Society of Scotland

18 Jan

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