Elixir of Love
Scottish Opera's new production of Donizetti's sunny comedy is setting out on a tour to 17 venues around the country. The Company's Music Director, Stuart Stratford – who attracted rave reviews for his work on Rusalka and Opera Holland Park's Iris earlier this year – conducts the first six performances of this lively opera. Derek Clark, Scottish Opera's Head of Music, takes over on the remaining dates.
Young British director Oliver Platt and designer Oliver Townsend (Rodelinda 2013) take...
Posted 19 Sep 2016 | Comments
New season at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The new season's offerings at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have just been announced. The season's operatic content includes more performances in the Opera Scenes series and a concert from Scottish Opera emerging artists.
But the fully staged opera is to be Handel's Agrippina, in what will be only the third production ever in Scotland. Agrippina was first performed fifty years ago by Ledlanet Nights (John Calder's fondly remembered arts festival in Kinross-shire - check out this 1965...
Posted 2 Sep 2016 | Comments
International Musicians Platform
Opera's coolest soprano, Danielle de Niese, is one of a line-up of international superstars who will headline the 10-day International Musicians Platform next month. This attractive programme will be hosted in some of Dumfries and Galloway's most atmospheric venues.
OperaScotland has listed those events with operatic content, recitals by Danielle de Niese and Nicky Spence with Simon Lepper here and Soraya Mafi and Nicky Spence with Simon Lepper here.
The International Musicians Platform is...
Posted 24 Jul 2016 | Comments
Byre in the Botanics
In an enterprising move, Michael Downes, Artistic Director of the Byre Theatre at St Andrews, has launched a jam-packed series of outdoor concerts, performances, screenings and family fun. These are to be held at St Andrews Botanic Gardens, one of the most beautiful settings in the whole of Fife.
For opera lovers there is a screening of Wagner's Meistersingers, in the Glyndebourne Encore series.This is supplemented by the first visit to Scotland of the acclaimed OperaUpClose company with...
Posted 13 Jul 2016 | Comments