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 it was premiered by Scottish Opera in 1996, this new production has given MacMillan the chance to revisit, and refine, the original score.
There are to be only four performances - wonder enough, when a second run for any new opera is rare. OperaScotland cannot recommend this work too highly.
Posted 21 Jan | Comments
Opera Bohemia do it again!
Puccini's marvellous one act comedy Gianni Schicchi is packed with action and music both wonderful and familiar. People hearing this work for the first time think, 'so this is where that music comes from'.
Scotland's second professional touring company launched the production at the Edinburgh Festival, and got well deserved rave reviews. Now this marvellous cast sets out on tour, led by BBC Kiri Prize winner Shuna Sendall, Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Andrew McTaggart and Scottish...
Posted 17 Jan | Comments
Happy New Year!
Firstly, every good wish to you all for a happy and stimulating operatic year.
And what about the fireworks in the year ahead?
Scottish Opera have a fascinating spell in prospect, with the undoubted highlight being Sir James Macmillan's Inés de Castro. It is rare that a composer gets the chance to revisit his first opera, and we must count ourselves fortunate indeed that this new production is being mounted, and what is more conducted by the composer himself.
We have already commented in a...
Posted 6 Jan | Comments
Exciting programme at Royal Conservatoire
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have confirmed details of their programme for the first half of the New Year. Already publicised for January are performances of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, that evergreen masterpiece that many claim is the greatest opera ever written - see our listings here.
Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is coupled with an outrageous comic rarity, Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias, for performances in March listed here. Click through the map pin and book your...
Posted 27 Dec | Comments