Opera Scotland

Rosenkavalier in Portobello

Founded in 2000 by Mike Thorne and Philip Taylor, the Edinburgh Players' Opera Group has ever since been rehearsing and performing operas by Richard Wagner.

Those taking part in this annual event form a mixture of highly skilled musicians, some professional, some semi-professional and including some setting out to build careers in music performance. These talented players are drawn for the weekend from overseas as well as from other parts of Britain. This year with the choice of a work by...

Posted 14 Sep | Comments

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St Andrews Voices

St Andrews Voices

Scotland's Festival of Vocal and Choral Music, St Andrews Voices, is to be held this year from 23 to 36 October.  This increasingly attractive Festival is now in its third year.  As usual, there is a wealth of musical riches on offer. 

This year we can look forward to a masterclass conducted by Roderick Williams, the distinguished baritone, and Iain Burnside, pianist (Thursday 23 October).

In addition, there is to be a Scottish Opera Gala featuring Scottish Opera soloists, accompanied by...

Posted 4 Sep | Comments

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Trojans back in Scotland

Hector Berlioz's epic work The Trojans returns to Scotland in a spectacular and colourful production by the Mariinsky Opera under Valery Gergiev. 

Love and war, obedience and loyalty, fate and freedom. Berlioz's visionary work is on an epic scale, and deals with some of mankind's profoundest questions in a work of exceptional power and sensual lyricism.

The Trojans has a special place in the hearts of Scottish opera lovers, for it was here that it was givn its first performance in the UK...

Posted 27 Aug | Comments

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Gianandrea Noseda

William Tell

Rossini's last opera, William Tell, is being given a rare performance in Scotland as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, albeit only in concert form. The conductor (pictured) is Gianandrea Noseda and the company, the Turin Opera, have not so far appeared in Scotland. We look forward to a fine performance.

The opera contains some well-known music. Anyone from an older generation who remembers Andy Stewart's 'Scottish Soldier' or the Lone Ranger TV series will be on familiar...

Posted 24 Aug | Comments

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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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Hannah Rudman

Hannah Rudman and the Cultural Enterprise Office

OperaScotland is now well established and - happily - traffic to the site continues to build month on month and year on year. Nevertheless we continue to ask ourselves how we can improve our activity and our impact.

As part of this process Iain Fraser recently met independent consultant Hannah...

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Count of Luxembourg

Opera Camerata and the Count of Luxembourg

Opera Camerata's offering this year is Franz Lehar's Count of Luxembourg, a delightful work that is rarely staged nowadays.

The Count will be shown in October in their regular venue, Edinburgh's Church Hill Theatre. The work is to be performed in English in Eric Maschwitz's translation with the...

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August 2014 news and additions

This month the team from OperaScotland undertook their annual review, guided in part by Hannah Rudman's consultancy and in part by comments from website users and stakeholders.  As a result a significant number of tweaks will be put in place in the near future, some small but all important. We welcome any feedback that will help this website improve, so if you have any points to make, please let us know.

In our efforts to address gaps and weaknesses in the archive, we paid a long-overdue visit north to Haddo House and there met Alice Dennis of HHCOS. She was not only welcoming but hugely helpful, and as a result, we have been able to upload details of many past performances there. Much though remains to be discovered, particularly of their early opera productions. Again we would welcome any comment, reminiscence or memorabilia.

Check out Beggar's Opera (1974), Carmen (1965, 1991, 1997, 2005), Cavalleria Rusticana (2007), Elisir d'amore (2011), Eugene Onegin (2009), Fledermaus (2006), Gianni Schicchi (2014)Macbeth (1969, 1998) and Martha (2004).

We fielded an enquiry about Mignon (1957) and tracked down performance details.

Finally we loaded information about Nabucco (1967); Otello (1996); Owen Wingrave (2014); Pagliacci (2007); Puritani (2001); Trojans (2014); and William Tell (1992, 2014).

All in all, a very busy month.

Posted 4 Sep

What's On19 Sep - 19 Oct

Map List

Acis and Galatea 2014

Dunedin Consort

19 Sep 21 Sep

Pilgrim's Progress 2014

Edinburgh Grand Opera

20 Sep

Macbeth 2014

Scottish Opera

25 Sep 27 Sep 01 Oct 04 Oct 07 Oct 09 Oct 11 Oct 16 Oct 18 Oct

Opera Alba on tour 2014

Opera Alba

27 Sep

Rosenkavalier 2014

Edinburgh Players Opera Group

28 Sep

Count of Luxembourg 2014

Opera Camerata

08 Oct 09 Oct 10 Oct 11 Oct

Richard Strauss Weekends 2014

Derek Watson

10 Oct

Cenerentola 2014

Scottish Opera

15 Oct 17 Oct

Upload Opera 2014

Upload Opera

17 Oct

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