Actéon and Burns to Bernstein
Exciting news of Ayrshire Opera Experience. In association with the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, they are to make their debut tour, bringing both the first translation of Actéon into the Scots language and in addition a concert of songs and arias featuring works from Burns to Bernstein.
With a strong cast, a chorus of twenty-two, and some talented instrumentalists, the performances promise a memorable experience.
Actéon Meets Tam O' Shanter is a reworking of the chamber opera Actéon by...
Posted 25 Mar 2015 | Comments
Edinburgh Festival programme announced!
The first operatic programme of Fergus Linehan's tenure as Festival Director has a different look to it from those of his predecessor.
In addition to the concert performances of Rake's Progress and H M S Pinafore already announced, there is the world premiere of a new chamber opera The Last Hotel, by composer Donnacha Dennehy and writer Enda Walsh, and Komische Oper Berlin's Magic Flute (pictured). Finally, we have some semi-staged performances of Marriage of Figaro involving the Budapest...
Posted 18 Mar 2015 | Comments
Chisholm's Simoon to be given orchestral premiere
"Scotland's forgotten composer", Erik Chisholm, wrote a number of operas and one of these, Simoon, a psychological murder thriller, is being given its world orchestral premiere in Glasgow in June.
In 1930 The Active Society for the Propagation of Contemporary Music was set up in Glasgow, led by composer Erik Chisholm. He invited friends to come and perform their own works, including internationally known composers such as Bartók, Hindemith, Walton and Bax.
Chisholm lived in the West End (on...
Posted 16 Mar 2015 | Comments
New Figaro from VoiceArc
A new opera company, VoiceArc, launches this week in Edinburgh. International opera singer, voice coach and Artistic Director of VoiceArc Dr Nell Drew, comments:
"VoiceArc arose from a conversation I had with a group of professional singers who were jaded by the constant rehashing of classic operas set within outdated themes. Increasingly the young professionals that we spoke to were turned away from opera as an art form because it bore no resemblance to the popular media they chose to...
Posted 4 Mar 2015 | Comments