Opera Scotland

Scottish premiere for Puccini

Le Villi is based on the same legend as the ballet Giselle and was written in 1883. The opera-ballet was Puccini's first stage work, and this performance at the Theatre Royal Glasgow marks its Scottish premiere.

Scottish Opera's Music Director, Stuart Stratford, conducts soloists Karen Slack as Anna, Stephen Gadd as Guglielmo and Peter Auty as Roberto. The latter two singers were both last seen at October's Sunday Series performance of L'amico Fritz, and they are joined by a chorus and the...

Posted 21 Apr 2017 | Comments

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Alex Reedijk and Stuart Stratford

Fresh look for Scottish Opera's new season

Scottish Opera has unveiled its 2017/18 Season which includes a world premiere, a Scottish premiere, four new productions and appearances at the Edinburgh International Festival, Manchester International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In common with other publicly-funded organisations, the company has suffered a further cut in its core funding. Nevertheless there are plenty of good things in prospect and a truly international line-up of singers appears throughout the season....

Posted 5 Apr 2017 | Comments

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Pelleas et Melisande

A Golden Age for opera?

Despite pressure on funding, the prospects for opera in Scotland seem brighter than for many years. Are we living through a golden age or a false dawn?

Perhaps most importantly, Scottish Opera have in Stuart Stratford a respected young British conductor as Director of Music, furthermore one on a long-term contract. The resourceful Alex Reedijk continues to be challenged by his budgets but clearly Stratford has brought refreshing ideas as to repertoire - witness the recent splendid Pelléas et...

Posted 26 Mar 2017 | Comments

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Exciting programme for Edinburgh Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) has unveiled its 2017 programme which marks the event’s 70th anniversary. This year’s International Festival runs from Friday 4 to Monday 28 August, welcoming 2,020 artists from 40 nations to perform in Scotland’s capital city.

The nine operas include works from all ages and for all appetites, appealing to both seasoned fans and opera newcomers alike. Highlights include classic operas Puccini’s La bohème, Verdi’s Macbeth (pictured), and Mozart’s...

Posted 16 Mar 2017 | Comments

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Tam O'Shanter at Jordanhill Primary

Scottish Opera's work in schools

Thousands of primary school pupils across Scotland will rehearse and perform an opera based on Robert Burns' iconic poem Tam o' Shanter.


Scottish Opera's annual Primary Schools Tour continues this month with The Tale o' Tam o' Shanter, a show created to re-introduce young people to the works of...

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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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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 February and early March

Work has continued behind the scenes, and cast details have been uploaded for the following productions:-

Duke Bluebeard's Castle (1957, 1990, 1993) and Erwartung (1993).

Also see  Malheurs d'Orphée (2017) and Oedipus Rex (1990).

Also Opera Highlights (2017) and Vin Herbé (2017).

Although Opera North has sadly not toured their current productions north, we reviewed and promoted them - see Snow Maiden (2017), Cenerentola (2017) and Hansel and Gretel (2017).

Much work continues to be done in identifying dates of first performance in Scotland for particular operas. This can be immensely time consuming, as digitisation of sources is limited. Hence one has to scan microfilm, a time consuming business.


Posted 15 Mar 2017

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What's On25 Mar - 25 Apr

Map List

March events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

25 Mar 30 Mar

Carmina Burana 2017

Dundee University Music Society

26 Mar

A Night at the Opera II 2017

Classical Musicians Scotland

26 Mar

Bohème 2017

Ellen Kent Productions

27 Mar 30 Mar 02 Apr

Duke Bluebeard's Castle 2017

Scottish Opera

28 Mar 30 Mar 01 Apr 05 Apr 08 Apr

8th Door 2017

Scottish Opera

28 Mar 30 Mar 01 Apr 05 Apr 08 Apr

Aïda 2017

Ellen Kent Productions

28 Mar 01 Apr

Bluebeard's Castle Unwrapped 2017

Scottish Opera

29 Mar 06 Apr

Nabucco 2017

Ellen Kent Productions

31 Mar

Pre-show Talk 2017

Scottish Opera

01 Apr 08 Apr

April events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

02 Apr 09 Apr 22 Apr

Silken Ladder 2017

Scottish Opera

02 Apr 07 Apr

Dido and Aeneas 2017

Scottish Opera

08 Apr 09 Apr 09 Apr

Operatic Spring Gala 2017

Opera Bamba

08 Apr

Saint Matthew Passion 2017

Dunedin Consort

12 Apr 13 Apr 14 Apr

Traviata 2017

Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society

14 Apr 15 Apr

Rehearsal Workshop 2017

Wagner Society of Scotland

23 Apr

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