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International Musicians Platform

Opera's coolest soprano, Danielle de Niese, is one of a line-up of international superstars who will headline the 10-day International Musicians Platform next month. This attractive programme will be hosted in some of Dumfries and Galloway's most atmospheric venues.

OperaScotland has listed those events with operatic content, recitals by Danielle de Niese and Nicky Spence with Simon Lepper here and Soraya Mafi and Nicky Spence with Simon Lepper here.

The International Musicians Platform is...

Posted 24 Jul 2016 | Comments

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Byre in the Botanics

In an enterprising move, Michael Downes, Artistic Director of the Byre Theatre at St Andrews, has launched a jam-packed series of outdoor concerts, performances, screenings and family fun. These are to be held at St Andrews Botanic Gardens, one of the most beautiful settings in the whole of Fife.

For opera lovers there is a screening of Wagner's Meistersingers, in the Glyndebourne Encore series.This is supplemented by the first visit to Scotland of the acclaimed OperaUpClose company with...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 | Comments

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Opera on the Fringe

The programme for the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival on the planet, has been announced. As it nears the seventieth anniversary of its foundation, the Fringe remains true to its principle of open access and there are plenty of varied offerings.

Among the varied offerings are Opera  Bohemia's Traviata with Catriona Clark, Magnetic Opera's La bohème and Ayrshire Opera's Descent o' Orpheus tae the Underwarl.

Away from the mainstream is a children's show, Opera Mouse,...

Posted 2 Jul 2016 | Comments

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Turn of the Screw and Byre Opera

Byre Opera, the opera company of The University of St Andrews, will bring Benjamin Britten's ghostly masterpiece The Turn of the Screw to stages across Scotland as part of a summer tour. For those unfamiliar with the work of Britten, this can be experienced as one of his most powerful and engaging operas. As a series of short scenes unfolds, how do we make sense of what we see and hear? Who do we believe?

The cast includes current students and recent graduates from the University of St...

Posted 14 Jun 2016 | Comments

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Perthshire Opera

Perthshire Opera and Acteon

Bookings are invited for a Baroque Opera Course at the Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld, this 23-29 October.


If you have always fancied performing in a fully staged opera production then this course is for you - no previous experience necessary.


Visit the website www.perthshireopera.com for more...

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New opera company in Paisley

Mathew Oliver is just 21 but he has set up what is believed to be Paisley’s first-ever opera company, which will stage Giacomo Puccini’s tune-filled masterpiece La bohème in November.


Mathew, a physics student at Glasgow University, first became interested in opera when he was a pupil at Paisley...

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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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Uploaded during July

Work has been continuing to enhance the website. New information includes the following uploads.

See Cambiale di matrimonio (2015); Carmen (2016); Elektra (1912) and Flying Dutchman (1912).

Also Music Oft Hath Such a Charm (2016); Opera Proibita (2006); Orpheus and Euridice (1912); Signor Bruschino (2016) and Tristan and Isolde (1912).  

In addition we can announce that we've finished uploading casts for Ernst Denhof's opera company which operated for three years just before the Great War.

Denhof was an Austrian musician based in Edinburgh. After devising and promoting a series of chamber music concerts, he came up with the hugely ambitious notion of staging Wagner's Ring in the provinces. This Denhof did first in Edinburgh in 1910. He went on to stage opera in the North of England as well. These tours have been well known and are referenced in many cultural histories. We have now included them in some detail, we think for the first time, on the grounds that we consider his company a Scottish one.

Denhof overreached himself due to a number of factors probably including scheduling and inexperience, and his company was taken over by Thomas Beecham late in 1913.

Try looking up for example Rheingold for 1913 here.

Posted 2 Aug 2016

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What's On26 Aug - 26 Sep

Map List

Opera Mouse 2016

Melanie Gall

26 Aug 27 Aug

Unseal Unseam 2016

CalArts Festival Theater

26 Aug 27 Aug

Erik Satie's Faction 2016

Avalon Promotions Ltd

26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug

Diary of Anne Frank 2016

About Turn Theatre Company

26 Aug 27 Aug

Bohème 2016

Magnetic Opera

26 Aug 27 Aug

A Portrait of Opera 2016

Perthshire Opera

26 Aug

Traviata 2016

Opera Bohemia

27 Aug 28 Aug

Così fan tutte 2016

Edinburgh International Festival

27 Aug 28 Aug

Mikado 2016

Cat-Like Tread

27 Aug

Gurrelieder 2016

Edinburgh International Festival

28 Aug

Carmen 2016

Russian State Opera

03 Sep

Madam Butterfly 2016

Russian State Opera

04 Sep

Noyes Fludde 2016

Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland

11 Sep 11 Sep

Alcina 2016

Ryedale Festival Opera

14 Sep 15 Sep

Elisir d'amore 2016

Scottish Opera

21 Sep 24 Sep

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