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Alex Reedijk and Stuart Stratford

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

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Billy Budd

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

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Joseph Haydn

Haydn's Deserted Island

Haydn's opera L'isola disabitata (The Desert Island) is to be given a rare outing.

On 12 May at Glasgow Cathedral, Opera dei Lumi are giving a concert performance, with soloists drawn from the Glasgow Cathedral Choir including Beth Margaret Taylor, Emma Mockett, Robert Forrest and Jonathan Forbes Kennedy. The conductor is Peter Keenan.

The concert is being given in aid of Alzheimer Scotland, the leading dementia organisation in Scotland.

For more information, and the chance to buy a...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 | Comments

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Opera sparks!

An exciting competition entitled Opera Sparks 2018 has been launched. Young people are invited to compose short operas, with the three winning entries to be performed by Scottish Opera's Connect Company in 2018 when Connect celebrates its tenth anniversary.

Open to those aged 26 and under who are Scottish or based in Scotland, the winning operas - which must be no more than 15 minutes in length - will be performed by members of Connect, Scottish Opera's youth company, aged 14 to 21. Three...

Posted 17 Apr 2016 | Comments

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New opera company in Paisley

Mathew Oliver is just 21 but he has set up what is believed to be Paisley’s first-ever opera company, which will stage Giacomo Puccini’s tune-filled masterpiece La bohème in November.


Mathew, a physics student at Glasgow University, first became interested in opera when he was a pupil at Paisley...

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Auditions for Opera Camerata

Opera Camerata's production this year is a double bill of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, to be given at the Church Hill Theatre in Edinburgh on 12-15 October 2016.


Auditions are to be held on April 9 and 10.


Get in touch with musical director Alison Rushwoth at...

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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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Uploaded during March

During the last month, we have uploaded in the main a number of Carl Rosa casts, taken from visits to Aberdeen during the 1940s and 50s.

Barber of Seville (1951; 1952).

Bohème (1944; 1946; 1948; 1951; 1952; 2016 SWO; 2016 EGO).

Carmen (1948; 1951; 1952; 1954).

Cavalleria Rusticana (1944; 1946; 1951; 1954).

Creation (2016).

Faust (1944; 1946; 1952; 1954).

Flying Dutchman (1951).

Madam Butterfly (1944; 1946; 1948; 1951; 1954).

Merry Wives of Windsor (1944).

Pagliacci (1944; 1946; 1951; 1954).

Rigoletto (1946; 1951; 1952).

Tales of Hoffmann (1946; 1954).

Tannhäuser (1954).

Tosca (1946; 1948).

Traviata (1944; 1948; 1952).

Trovatore (1946; 1948; 1952; 1954). 

Posted 9 Apr 2016

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What's On30 Apr - 30 May

Map List

Friends of Scottish Opera May 2016

Friends of Scottish Opera

01 May 01 May 08 May

Opening concert 2017

Red Note Ensemble

03 May

Introducing Opera 2016

Derek Watson

04 May 11 May 18 May

Mikado 2016

Scottish Opera

05 May 07 May 08 May 12 May 13 May 14 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 21 May 26 May 27 May 28 May

Pre-show talk 2016

Scottish Opera

07 May 21 May 28 May

Owen Wingrave 2016

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

07 May 09 May 11 May 13 May

Mikado Unwrapped 2016

Scottish Opera

11 May 18 May 25 May

Isola disabitata 2016

Opera dei Lumi

12 May

Don Giovanni 2016

English Touring Opera

19 May

Lucia di Lammermoor 2016

Tayside Opera

20 May 21 May 22 May

Opera Scenes 2 2016

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

26 May 27 May

The Pop-uo Opera Roadshow 2016

Scottish Opera

28 May 29 May

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