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Pelleas et Melisande

A Golden Age for opera?

Despite pressure on funding, the prospects for opera in Scotland seem brighter than for many years. Are we living through a golden age or a false dawn?

Perhaps most importantly, Scottish Opera have in Stuart Stratford a respected young British conductor as Director of Music, furthermore one on a long-term contract. The resourceful Alex Reedijk continues to be challenged by his budgets but clearly Stratford has brought refreshing ideas as to repertoire - witness the recent splendid Pelléas et...

Posted 26 Mar 2017 | Comments

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Exciting programme for Edinburgh Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) has unveiled its 2017 programme which marks the event’s 70th anniversary. This year’s International Festival runs from Friday 4 to Monday 28 August, welcoming 2,020 artists from 40 nations to perform in Scotland’s capital city.

The nine operas include works from all ages and for all appetites, appealing to both seasoned fans and opera newcomers alike. Highlights include classic operas Puccini’s La bohème, Verdi’s Macbeth (pictured), and Mozart’s...

Posted 16 Mar 2017 | Comments

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Philip White

RCS appoint new Head of Opera

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ranked in the world top three for performing arts education, has appointed a new Head of Opera. Philip White will join Scotland's national Conservatoire in August 2017.

Philip joins the Royal Conservatoire from his role as Chorus Master at the Opéra de Lyon in France and from Grange Park Opera where he is Head of Music. His appointment follows the announcement by the Royal Conservatoire's current Head of Opera, Professor Timothy Dean, to stand down...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 | Comments

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Rare chance to see Snow Maiden

At OperaScotland we generally try to chronicle the activities of Scottish companies wherever they perform. We also record performances in Scotland by visiting companies - a recent example being the visit of Opera North to Edinburgh with excellent stagings of Billy Budd and a Puccini double-bill.

We have not so far featured performances outside Scotland by non-Scottish companies. However, as it is within our remit to encourage opera-going in all its forms, it seems logical that we should...

Posted 4 Mar 2017 | Comments

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Would you like to help us?

OperaScotland has been looking back over a year of steady 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 the website as...

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Emerging Artists

Emerging Artists 2016-17

Scottish Opera has welcomed a talented new group of Emerging Artists for the 2016/17 Season: Beth Hicks, Emma Kerr, Jim Manganello, Hazel McBain, Lliam Paterson, Elgan Llyr Thomas and Maria Struckova.

The Emerging Artists programme offers young artists the opportunity of a lifetime – a period...

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Handel's Messiah from scratch 6.30 Sat 22 April 2017

Come along and help raise money for a great cause, Alzheimer's Research UK, to St Cuthbert's Church Edinburgh EH1 2EP with the Sing for Brains Chorus and the Canongate Orchestra conducted by Robert Dick.

Singing tickets £20; Audience Tickets £15; All welcome

Six hundred singers from choirs all...

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New in February and early March

Work has continued behind the scenes, and cast details have been uploaded for the following productions:-

Duke Bluebeard's Castle (1957, 1990, 1993) and Erwartung (1993).

Also see  Malheurs d'Orphée (2017) and Oedipus Rex (1990).

Also Opera Highlights (2017) and Vin Herbé (2017).

Although Opera North has sadly not toured their current productions north, we reviewed and promoted them - see Snow Maiden (2017), Cenerentola (2017) and Hansel and Gretel (2017).

Much work continues to be done in identifying dates of first performance in Scotland for particular operas. This can be immensely time consuming, as digitisation of sources is limited. Hence one has to scan microfilm, a time consuming business.

Posted 15 Mar 2017

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What's On29 Mar - 29 Apr

Map List

Bluebeard's Castle Unwrapped 2017

Scottish Opera

29 Mar 06 Apr

March events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

30 Mar

Duke Bluebeard's Castle 2017

Scottish Opera

30 Mar 01 Apr 05 Apr 08 Apr

8th Door 2017

Scottish Opera

30 Mar 01 Apr 05 Apr 08 Apr

Bohème 2017

Ellen Kent Productions

30 Mar 02 Apr

Nabucco 2017

Ellen Kent Productions

31 Mar

Pre-show Talk 2017

Scottish Opera

01 Apr 08 Apr

Aïda 2017

Ellen Kent Productions

01 Apr

April events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

02 Apr 09 Apr 22 Apr 28 Apr

Silken Ladder 2017

Scottish Opera

02 Apr 07 Apr

Dido and Aeneas 2017

Scottish Opera

08 Apr 09 Apr 09 Apr

Rehearsal Workshop 2017

Wagner Society of Scotland

23 Apr

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