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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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Philip White

RCS appoint new Head of Opera

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ranked in the world top three for performing arts education, has appointed a new Head of Opera. Philip White will join Scotland's national Conservatoire in August 2017.

Philip joins the Royal Conservatoire from his role as Chorus Master at the Opéra de Lyon in France and from Grange Park Opera where he is Head of Music. His appointment follows the announcement by the Royal Conservatoire's current Head of Opera, Professor Timothy Dean, to stand down...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 | Comments

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Rare chance to see Snow Maiden

At OperaScotland we generally try to chronicle the activities of Scottish companies wherever they perform. We also record performances in Scotland by visiting companies - a recent example being the visit of Opera North to Edinburgh with excellent stagings of Billy Budd and a Puccini double-bill.

We have not so far featured performances outside Scotland by non-Scottish companies. However, as it is within our remit to encourage opera-going in all its forms, it seems logical that we should...

Posted 4 Mar 2017 | Comments

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New rehearsal space

Silver Cloud for Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera has created a new rehearsal space, called Silver Cloud Studio, in Hillington Park, Scotland’s largest business park located between Glasgow and Paisley.

Silver Cloud Studio, shown left, measures over 5000 square feet and has been converted from a large industrial unit into an attractive modern rehearsal area for The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

Alex Reedijk, Scottish Opera’s General Director said: ‘I am delighted that Silver Cloud Studio is now open. Suitable rehearsal...

Posted 3 Mar 2017 | 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 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 On24 Feb - 24 Mar

Map List

Opera Highlights 2017

Scottish Opera

25 Feb 28 Feb 02 Mar 04 Mar 07 Mar 09 Mar 11 Mar 14 Mar 16 Mar 18 Mar

Pyramus and Thisbe 2017

Ayrshire Opera Experience

25 Feb

Musical Delights 2017

Opera Alba

25 Feb

February events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

26 Feb 28 Feb

Ye Cronies Opera Award 2017

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

26 Feb

Pelléas and Mélisande 2017

Scottish Opera

26 Feb 01 Mar 04 Mar 07 Mar 09 Mar 11 Mar

Semele 2017

University of St Andrews Opera Society

27 Feb 28 Feb

Come Along and Sing! 2017

Paisley Opera Project

27 Feb

Pelléas et Mélisande Unwrapped 2017

Scottish Opera

28 Feb 08 Mar

Nozze di Figaro 2017

Edinburgh Studio Opera

28 Feb 01 Mar 03 Mar 04 Mar

Hansel and Gretel 2017

Opera North

01 Mar 04 Mar

Cenerentola 2017

Opera North

02 Mar 04 Mar

March events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

03 Mar 03 Mar 05 Mar 05 Mar 11 Mar 12 Mar 17 Mar 17 Mar

Snow Maiden 2017

Opera North

03 Mar

Pre-show Talk 2017

Scottish Opera

04 Mar 11 Mar

Vin herbé 2017

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

04 Mar 06 Mar 08 Mar 10 Mar

Malheurs d'Orphée 2017

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

04 Mar 06 Mar 08 Mar 10 Mar

The Heir of Beethoven 2017

Wagner Society of Scotland

12 Mar

Operatic Concert 2017

Opera Bamba

18 Mar

Opera Workshop 2017

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

23 Mar

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