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Iain Paterson

Iain Paterson to sing Wotan at Bayreuth Festival

Iain Paterson is to sing Wotan in the new Ring Cycle at Bayreuth in 2020, according to a recent report.  Iain was unable to confirm this to OperaScotland, but did say he is performing there in Das Rheingold this year and again in 2017.

If so, this will be quite an achievement.  Sir Donald MacIntyre, New Zealand born, is said to be the first British singer to perform Wotan at Bayreuth, in 1973 and subsequently. The great John Tomlinson, Lancashire born and the greatest Wotan of his...

Posted 6 Feb 2016 | Comments

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New Royal Conservatoire season

Come and experience the work of the next generation of stars selected from Scotland's multi-disciplinary Conservatoire.

Watch students drawn from all over the world deliver performances as a key part of their training. The new season's offerings include Così fan tutte (with an extra perfomance in Perth for those that cannot travel to Glasgow).

Next we have Two Russian Tales, both one-act operas taken from stories by Pushkin and Chekhov respectively - Stravinsky's Mavra and Walton's The...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 | Comments

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New Opera to bring in the New Year

A brand new full-length opera, created by critically acclaimed novelist Louise Welsh and renowned composer Stuart MacRae, premieres in Scotland before touring the UK and internationally to Canada. The Scottish duo join forces to tell a sordid tale of greed and addiction adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson's short story The Bottle Imp.

Co-commissioned and co-produced by Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales, The Devil Inside continues the creative partnership of Welsh and MacRae. Their...

Posted 3 Dec 2015 | Comments

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Scene from Norma

Norma for Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival has announced that it will present the Salzburg Festival's internationally acclaimed production of Bellini's Norma as part of Festival 2016.

Starring world renowned mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli in the title role, the staging of Norma by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser will open the Festival's opera programme. There are to be  three performances at the Festival Theatre running from 5 to 9 August 2016. 

This is to be Cecilia Bartoli's first appearance on...

Posted 6 Nov 2015 | Comments

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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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ESO Carmen 2016

Edinburgh Studio Opera's Carmen

Edinburgh Studio Opera are coming to the climax of their fundraising campaign, leading up to the Edinburgh Studio Opera Gala Dinner on Saturday 23 January (7pm at the Balmoral Hotel)


Please give something to help fund ESO's new production and their most ambitious project yet! There are only...

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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 in January

This month, most of the casts loaded were of Carl Rosa Opera performances, including another early appearance by Eva Turner.

Uploads included:-

Barber of Seville (1940; 1948); Bohème (1918, 1919); Carmen (1930; 1934; 1947); and Così fan tutte (2016).

In addition you can check out Cunning Little Vixen (1997); Devil Inside (2016); Don Giovanni (1934). and Fiddler on the Roof (1979;1986).

Our archivist also added Fledermaus (1939); Flying Dutchman (1930); Golden Cockerel (1919); Madam Butterfly (1947; 1948) and Phoebus and Pan (1918; 1919).

Finally have a look at Rigoletto (1947), Tosca (1947; 1948); Traviata (1939; 1996) and Trovatore (1940). 

Posted 6 Feb 2016

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What's On12 Feb - 12 Mar

Map List

Golden Legend 2016

University of St Andrews G&S Society

13 Feb

Opera Highlights 2016

Scottish Opera

13 Feb 16 Feb 18 Feb 20 Feb 23 Feb 25 Feb 27 Feb 01 Mar 03 Mar 05 Mar 08 Mar

Friends of Scottish Opera February 2016

Friends of Scottish Opera

14 Feb 17 Feb 18 Feb 19 Feb 21 Feb 24 Feb

Ariodante 2016

Scottish Opera

16 Feb 18 Feb 20 Feb 24 Feb 27 Feb

Ariodante Unwrapped 2016

Scottish Opera

17 Feb 25 Feb

Introducing Opera 2016

Derek Watson

17 Feb 02 Mar 09 Mar

Pre-show talk 2016

Scottish Opera

20 Feb 27 Feb

Carmen 2016

Edinburgh Studio Opera

23 Feb 24 Feb 25 Feb 26 Feb 27 Feb

Mavra 2016

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

27 Feb 28 Feb 02 Mar 05 Mar

Bear 2016

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

27 Feb 28 Feb 02 Mar 05 Mar

Gala concert 2016

Heritage Opera

27 Feb

Wagner with Iain Paterson 2016

Orchestra of Scottish Opera

28 Feb

Nozze di Figaro 2016

Aberdeen University Opera Society

02 Mar 04 Mar 05 Mar

Masterclass with Donald Runnicles 2016

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

03 Mar

Friends of Scottish Opera March 2016

Friends of Scottish Opera

05 Mar 06 Mar

Tosca 2016

Ellen Kent Productions

08 Mar 11 Mar

Carmen 2016

Ellen Kent Productions

09 Mar

Fledermaus 2016

Ellen Kent Productions

10 Mar

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