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Pelléas and Mélisande on the radio

On Saturday 25 March, BBC Radio 3’s Opera on 3 programme will broadcast Scottish Opera’s forthcoming production of Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande.

This new production, which takes to the stage in Glasgow and Edinburgh in February and early March, is directed by Sir David McVicar.

Scottish Opera’s Music Director, Stuart Stratford, conducts the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and an outstanding cast including soprano Carolyn Sampson (Rake’s Progress 2012) as Mélisande, Cardiff Singer of the World...

Posted 24 Feb 2017 | Comments

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More Dementia-friendly performances


Scottish Opera is staging two dementia-friendly performances of Puccini’s classic, La bohème: one at Theatre Royal Glasgow and one in collaboration with Festival Theatre Edinburgh.

This follows the Company’s landmark production of The Marriage of Figaro, the UK’s first dementia-friendly opera performance, at Festival Theatre Edinburgh in November 2016, made possible by the pioneering work of Scottish Opera and the Festival Theatre, supported by the Life Changes Trust.

In the two...

Posted 8 Jan 2017 | Comments

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Jane Davidson

Scottish Opera's Director of Education honoured

Jane Davidson (pictured), Director of Outreach and Education at Scottish Opera, has been appointed an MBE in the New Year Honours List 2017.

Jane has been with Scottish Opera's education team – established in 1971, making it the oldest education and outreach unit of any opera company in Europe ­– since 1984. She is responsible for the formulation of policy for the Company's education strategy, and for the commissioning of new works for education and outreach projects.

'I'm delighted and...

Posted 31 Dec 2016 | Comments

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David McVicar directs Pelléas and Mélisande

Sir David McVicar makes a welcome return to Scottish Opera to direct Claude Debussy's extraordinary opera, Pelléas and Mélisande, for the first time in his career.

Rae Smith and Paule Constable, the design team behind the hit show War Horse, join him in a production that brings to life an enigmatic tale of love, honour, jealousy and loss, inspired by the paintings of Danish artist Villhelm Hammershøi.

Scottish Opera Music Director, Stuart Stratford, conducts an outstanding cast that...

Posted 20 Dec 2016 | 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 January

Uploads this month reflect a period of relative rest for our archivist and our reviewer. The number of entries may be down, but the quality and variety is there.

See Agrippina (2017); Blossom Time (1942); Columba (1981) and Don Giovanni (1989).

Also Enfant Prodigue (2017); Mozart and Salieri (1990); Silken Ladder (1989) and Trial (2017). 

Posted 8 Feb 2017

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What's On27 Jan - 27 Feb

Map List

Agrippina 2017

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

27 Jan 28 Jan

January events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

28 Jan 29 Jan

Trial 2017

Scottish Opera

28 Jan 03 Feb 04 Feb

February events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

03 Feb 05 Feb 12 Feb 17 Feb 26 Feb

Enfant Prodigue 2017

Scottish Opera

05 Feb

Hirda at Celtic Connections 2017

New Opera in Scotland Events (NOISE)

05 Feb

Classic Music Live 2017


10 Feb

Sixty Years of Edinburgh Grand 2017

Edinburgh Grand Opera

11 Feb

Concert 2017

Edinburgh Iranian Festival

11 Feb

Opera Highlights 2017

Scottish Opera

14 Feb 16 Feb 18 Feb 21 Feb 23 Feb 25 Feb

Wagner and Schopenhauer 2017

Wagner Society of Scotland

19 Feb

Pelléas and Mélisande 2017

Scottish Opera

23 Feb 26 Feb

Pyramus and Thisbe 2017

Ayrshire Opera Experience

25 Feb

Musical Delights 2017

Opera Alba

25 Feb

Ye Cronies Opera Award 2017

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

26 Feb

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