Turn of the Screw and Byre Opera
Byre Opera, the opera company of The University of St Andrews, will bring Benjamin Britten's ghostly masterpiece The Turn of the Screw to stages across Scotland as part of a summer tour. For those unfamiliar with the work of Britten, this can be experienced as one of his most powerful and engaging operas. As a series of short scenes unfolds, how do we make sense of what we see and hear? Who do we believe?
The cast includes current students and recent graduates from the University of St...
Posted 14 Jun 2016 | Comments
The Iris Murder
Further evidence that opera is thriving in Scotland is that a new work, The Iris Murder, is being launched with performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Kirkwall.
Written for the Hebrides Ensemble on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its founding, composer Alasdair Nicolson and librettist John Gallas have developed a chamber opera around the myths associated with the Green Man. Versions of this myth are widespread in many cultures and relate to the cycle of rebirth in nature.
At a time...
Posted 4 Jun 2016 | Comments
Clyde Opera Group
A new opera company based in Glasgow, Clyde Opera Group, has announced its first production. The group's opening performances will be of Puccini's La bohème. There are to be two performances, 30 and 31 July in Blythswood Hall (Renfield S Stephen's Centre), Bath Street, Glasgow.
The stage director is Tom Cooper, conductor Razvan Luculescu and accompanist Ancuta Doyle. The international cast includes soloists drawn from Spain, Italy, USA, Mexico, Romania, Sweden, Norway, Ireland and of...
Posted 2 Jun 2016 | Comments
Return of the Don
English Touring Opera bring their new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni to the Perth Festival of the Arts this week for its only performance in Scotland. More than most, this work is capable of endless reimagining and this production certainly seems to hit the mark.
The orchestra, under the wise hand of Michael Rosewell, summons a sound of astonishing grandeur. In all it's a terrific show, which proves once again what a treasure ETO really is." — Telegraph
Mozart's dark vision delivers...
Posted 17 May 2016 | Comments