Return of the Don
English Touring Opera bring their new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni to the Perth Festival of the Arts this week for its only performance in Scotland. More than most, this work is capable of endless reimagining and this production certainly seems to hit the mark.
The orchestra, under the wise hand of Michael Rosewell, summons a sound of astonishing grandeur. In all it's a terrific show, which proves once again what a treasure ETO really is." — Telegraph
Mozart's dark vision...
Posted 17 May 2016 | Comments
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Posted 8 May 2016 | Comments
Scottish Opera repertoire for 2016-17 announced
A varied and appealing programme is announced for next year, with performances ranging from the classics to contemporary opera, and offering something for most tastes. Considering the climate of cuts in government support for the arts, at first sight this looks surprisingly enterprising.
Opening the season is Sir Thomas Allen's staging of Marriage of Figaro, a revival of his 2010 interpretation of Mozart's masterpiece. Beautiful period designs by Simon Higlett provide the backdrop to this...
Posted 27 Apr 2016 | Comments
Opera North's Billy Budd for Edinburgh
Opera North's forthcoming season includes a pleasant surprise for operagoers in Scotland - four performances in Edinburgh late this year. There will be two chances to see a new production of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd, and two to see a pair of one acters by Puccini, Il tabarro and Suor Angelica.
Orpha Phelan directs Billy Budd – an opera which was last seen on the Opera North stage over two decades ago. This new production brings together some of the country's leading Britten interpreters...
Posted 26 Apr 2016 | Comments