Opera Scotland

Soraya Mafi

Acclaimed Soprano in Irvine

Promising young soprano Soraya Mafi (pictured) and renowned Scottish pianist Andrew Johnston are giving a recital of songs and arias as part of the Townhouse recital series in Irvine, co-hosted by Ayrshire Opera Experience. The recital series, launched last year in the restored Townhouse, has been so successful that funding has been obtained from Enterprise Music Scotland to continue the series.

Soraya Mafi is clearly a singer to watch. Winner of the Susan Chilcott Award 2016, the...

Posted 9 Mar 2019 | Comments

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Emma Bell

Mascagni's Silvano: the Scottish premiere

In April, Scottish Opera’s 2018/19 Opera in Concert series concludes with the Scottish premiere of Silvano by Pietro Mascagni.

Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts a cast that features former Kathleen Ferrier Award-winner and acclaimed soprano Emma Bell (pictured) as Matilde. Emma is making her debut with Scottish Opera.

She is joined by Alexey Dolgov (Iolanta 2017), David Stout (The Burning Fiery Furnace 2018) and Leah-Marian Jones (Rusalka 2016), with chorus and the...

Posted 13 Feb 2019 | Comments

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Community opera in Paisley

With their strapline, 'Passion not posh', we welcome a new community opera company to Scotland.

Professional soloists and orchestra join Paisley Opera’s full community chorus in their first ever full opera: a new production of Puccini’s romantic masterpiece, La Bohème.

Paisley not Paris

This production brings Puccini’s world-renowned opera to the heart of the community, setting it in "Scotland's largest town" and including the town’s history, culture, landmarks and language. Paisley Opera’s...

Posted 31 Jan 2019 | Comments

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A very happy New Year to you all!

To all those working in opera in Scotland, paid or unpaid; and to all in the community who support this great art form by buying tickets and creating audiences, may you have the happiest, healthiest and most fulfilling of years.

As always, January is a time of year both to look back and look forward. We reflect in some sadness on the year just gone, acknowledging support given by those no longer with us. But we try also to celebrate, to salute our achievements, and choose some next steps.


Posted 8 Jan 2019 | Comments

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Scottish Opera's Emerging Artists

Scottish Opera has welcomed a talented new group of Emerging Artists for the 2018/19 Season. Our image shows Samuel Bordoli, Erika Gundesen, Alexey Gusev, Marie Hansen, and Bethan Langford. The others are Sofia Troncoso and Lucy Anderson.

What is the Emerging Artists programme?

Careers in the...

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John Calder

Death of John Calder

John Calder died on 13th August at the age of 91.

Most of the obituarists refer to his remarkable career as a publisher, to campaigns for freedom of expression, and to his support for writers and the book trade.

However to the team behind OperaScotland, he will be remembered as one of a handful...

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Looking for a speaker?

Iain, Peter and Stephen Fraser, co-founders of OperaScotland and researchers into Carl Rosa Opera, offer organisations such as Probus and Arts societies the chance to learn about the origin and development of this website and the amazing life of Carl Rosa.

Carl Rosa: from ‘juvenile Paganini’ to...

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Recent additions to your website

Casts and reviews have recently been added for the following:-

Scottish Opera's Fiery Angel (2017); Iolanta (2017); Le Petit Verre's Hansel and Gretel (2017); Fife Opera's Magic Flute (2017) and Scottish Opera's Traviata (2017).

Time continus to be absorbed by digging out details on the life of Karl Rose (Carl Rosa) who founded the opera company that brought so many operas to Scotland.

This will one day soon, I hope, be published.


Posted 10 Dec 2017

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What's On20 Feb - 20 Mar

Map List

Opera Highlights 2019

Scottish Opera

21 Feb 23 Feb 26 Feb 28 Feb 02 Mar 05 Mar 07 Mar 09 Mar 12 Mar 12 Mar 16 Mar

EGO Quiz Night 2019

Edinburgh Grand Opera

22 Feb

Friends of Scottish Opera February 2019

Friends of Scottish Opera

24 Feb

The Spear in Parsifal 2019

Wagner Society of Scotland

24 Feb

Dido and Aeneas 2019

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

02 Mar 04 Mar 06 Mar 08 Mar

Trouble in Tahiti 2019

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

02 Mar 04 Mar 06 Mar 08 Mar

Eugene Onegin: A concert 2019

Edinburgh Studio Opera

03 Mar

Friends of Scottish Opera March 2019

Friends of Scottish Opera

08 Mar 09 Mar 10 Mar 12 Mar

Carmina Burana 2019

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

08 Mar 09 Mar

Nozze di Figaro 2019

University of St Andrews Opera Society

11 Mar 12 Mar 13 Mar

Kátya Kabanová 2019

Scottish Opera

12 Mar 14 Mar 16 Mar

Eugene Onegin 2019

Edinburgh Studio Opera

12 Mar 14 Mar 15 Mar

Trovatore 1909

Carl Rosa Opera Company

13 Mar

World Class Soprano in Irvine 2019

Ayrshire Opera Experience

14 Mar

Threepenny Opera 2019

Aberdeen University Opera Society

15 Mar 16 Mar 17 Mar

Wagner and the Third Reich 2019

Wagner Society of Scotland

17 Mar

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