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Bizet's Carmen launched

Scottish Opera's mainstage offering this autumn is Bizet's Carmen, which will be taken on tour to Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh following the Glasgow performances. Justina Gringyte's interpretation of Carmen has been winning rave reviews, as has Noah Stewart as Don José.

Long a favourite with audiences, this great work will attract opera lovers and 'newbies' alike.  To see further images, which can be expanded, click through here. Try booking your tickets by clicking through the red map...

Posted 11 Oct 2015 | Comments

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Rosalind Coad as Fiordiligi

Mozart's Cosi fan tutte on tour

Scottish Opera's small scale tour this year is of Mozart's Così fan tutte in a new production. Sung in English, it will visit nineteen venues across Scotland from Kirkwall to Kelso and Aboyne to Ayr. With a libretto by the great Da Ponte and the alternative name of School for Lovers, it was undeservedly neglected until the opening of the twentieth century when Richard Strauss promoted it.

In recent decades, Cosi fan tutte has taken its place in the established repertory, and has a particular...

Posted 25 Sep 2015 | Comments

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St Andrews Voices

Scotland's Festival of Vocal and Choral Music, running from 22-25 October, again presents an enticing programme.

Mozart's Così fan tutte is being performed by Scottish Opera on Saturday 24 October in the Byre.

In addition, a masterclass by the distinguished tenor John Mark Ainsley is being given on Thursday 22 October. This is followed by a song recital given by him and acclaimed young pianist James Baillieu on Friday 23 October.

Read about John Mark Ainsley's previous appearances on the...

Posted 18 Sep 2015 | Comments

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Scotland's Festival of New Music

Scotland's Festival of New Music, soundfestival, runs this year from 22 October to 9 November in Aberdeenshire. As usual there is a mix of new music in a variety of genres, with artists and composers drawn from far and wide. As Festival Director Fiona Robertson says, 'do come and join us in another new music adventure'. 

This year there is again some interesting operatic content. Two short operas are paired in Encouraging New Opera, and David Lang's Pulitzer Prize winning The Little Match...

Posted 5 Sep 2015 | Comments

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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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On tour with Scottish Opera

"Touring continues to be integral to what we do", says Alex Reedijk of Scottish Opera. "We restate our passion for it this season with two fabulous tours taking opera to 37 smaller venues in Scotland plus our unique 'Pop-Up Opera' trailer which will tour to summer festivals."

Throughout the...

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Would you like to help us?

OperaScotland has again been looking back over a hectic year of continued growth. All the team have been pleased by the growing interest in our work, so much so that we want to push on over the next year and ‘scale up’ if we possibly can.

But if we are to do this we need help. We want to keep...

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New in September

We continue to upload more information about opera performances in Scotland, identifying companies, operas, casts and venues.

Bartered Bride (1962), Bluebeard (1966), Bohème (1918), Carmen (1915, 1963, 1964), Cavalleria Rusticana (1920, 1963), Così fan tutte (1964, 1966).

Don Carlos (1998), Don Pasquale (1963), Fanciulla del West (1964), Faust (1914, 1917, 1964), Flying Dutchman (1966) and Hansel and Gretel (1964, 1966).

Iolanthe (1962), Jeanie Deans (1918), Lohengrin (1921), Madam Butterfly (1918, 1966), Magic Flute (1914, 1962, 1963), Maritana (1916) and Marriage of Figaro (1966).

Mastersingers (1921), Pagliacci (1920, 1963), Rigoletto (1919, 1947, 1962), Romeo and Juliet (1919), Samson and Delilah (1966) and Seraglio (1964).

Tales of Hoffmann (1914, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921), Tannhäuser (1921), Thieving Magpie (1966), Tosca (1919, 1962), Traviata (1919), Trovatore (1915, 1917, 1919) and Valkyrie (2015).

Posted 28 Sep 2015

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What's On13 Oct - 13 Nov

Map List

Carmen 2015

Scottish Opera

13 Oct 15 Oct 17 Oct 22 Oct 24 Oct 27 Oct 29 Oct 31 Oct 03 Nov 06 Nov 08 Nov 12 Nov

Cosi fan tutte 2015

Scottish Opera

13 Oct 15 Oct 17 Oct 22 Oct 24 Oct 27 Oct 29 Oct 31 Oct 03 Nov 05 Nov 07 Nov

Carmen Unwrapped 2015

Scottish Opera

14 Oct 23 Oct 30 Oct 04 Nov

Introducing Opera 2015

Derek Watson

14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Oct 04 Nov 11 Nov

Opera bites 2015

A la Canto

15 Oct 16 Oct

Masterclass 2015

St Andrews Voices

22 Oct

Theodora 2015

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

22 Oct 23 Oct

Masterclass with Lisa Milne 2015

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

23 Oct

Friends of Scottish Opera October 2015

Friends of Scottish Opera

24 Oct 25 Oct 28 Oct

Encouraging New Opera 2015


24 Oct 24 Oct 25 Oct

Pre-show talk 2015

Scottish Opera

24 Oct 31 Oct 08 Nov

Karen Cargill in conversation 2015

Wagner Society of Scotland

25 Oct

The Locked Door 2015


29 Oct 30 Oct 30 Oct

Friends of Scottish Opera November 2015

Friends of Scottish Opera

01 Nov 07 Nov

Faust 2015

Fife Opera

04 Nov 05 Nov 06 Nov 07 Nov

The Last Siren 2015


07 Nov

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