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Sleepers awake! Opera takes the train

Southward-bound sleeper passengers recently had an unexpected experience. An opera was given its world premiere on a sleeper train between Aberdeen and London. Tenor Robert Lewis (pictured) performed on the overnight train service between Aberdeen and London.

Belongings, inspired by items of luggage carried by railway passengers, was performed Monday night.

It is the first time an opera has been staged on board a Caledonian Sleeper service.

The pop-up piece was performed in the lounge car...

Posted 29 Jul 2017 | Comments

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Plans for Opera Highlights

Scottish Opera’s hugely popular Opera Highlights tour kicks off in September, travelling to smaller, more remote venues the length and breadth of Scotland.

Travelling to 17 venues across the country from 21 September to 28 October, the Autumn tour visits Musselburgh, Markinch, Arisaig, Portree, Stornoway, Lochinver, Carrbridge, Findhorn, Cove, Peebles, Stranraer, Campbeltown, Bowmore, Benderloch, Langholm, Greenock and East Kilbride.

Derek Clark, Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, has curated...

Posted 12 Jul 2017 | Comments

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Another great evening at Duthie Park, Aberdeen

An estimated 2500 folk from the North-East came out on Tuesday 4 July to experience a BP Big Screen opera relayed from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The live screening of Traviata attracted the largest audience of any operatic event in Scotland this year.

The free screening followed previous Duthie Park opera showings, including in previous years Madam Butterfly, Carmen, Traviata, Marriage of Figaro, Tosca, and Turandot.

Comments from audience members at twenty venues across the...

Posted 5 Jul 2017 | Comments

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Fringe programme, just released, offers a number of exciting performances to tempt opera lovers.

Scotland's oldest continuously performing company, Edinburgh Grand Opera, present highlights representing sixty years of performances.

In addition there are offerings from a number of Scotland's new performing companies - Opera Bohemia present their new production of Bizet's Pearl Fishers; VoiceArc are to perform Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos and  Aria Alba offer Handel's...

Posted 11 Jun 2017 | Comments

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Pop-up Opera returns

Scottish Opera’s much-loved Pop-up Opera is back on the road in 2017, and takes to the waves on Scotland's first floating opera house, the converted pilot cutter Murray McDavid, kindly provided by Murray McDavid Scotch Whisky.

 Pop-up audiences can catch three 25-minute shows this year; A Little...

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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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Added in June

Another busy month

Alcina (2000; 2003). Ariadne auf Naxos (1997); Bohème (2017); Creation (1994) and Damnation of Faust (1987).

Don Carlos (1998); Don Giovanni (1995); Fledermaus (2017) and Idomeneo (2003).

Luisa Miller (1998); Macbeth (1997); Masnadieri (1998); Nabucco (2017) and Platée (1997).

Song of the Night (2017); Tosca (2017) and Villi (2017).


Previews: Cunning Little Vixen (2017) and  Pearl Fishers (2017).

Posted 9 Jun 2017

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What's On17 Jul - 17 Aug

Map List

Doon the Watter 2017

Clyde Opera Group

22 Jul

Pearl Fishers 2017

Opera Bohemia

25 Jul 26 Jul 28 Jul 29 Jul 16 Aug

Rigoletto 2017

Clyde Opera Group

29 Jul 30 Jul

Occasione fa il ladro 2017

Raucous Rossini

02 Aug 03 Aug 05 Aug

Chamber Pot Opera 2017


04 Aug 04 Aug 05 Aug 05 Aug 08 Aug 08 Aug 10 Aug 10 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug

Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda 2017

Edinburgh International Festival

05 Aug

Greek 2017

Scottish Opera

05 Aug 06 Aug

Valkyrie 2017

Edinburgh International Festival

06 Aug

Don Giovanni 2017

Edinburgh International Festival

09 Aug 11 Aug 12 Aug


Aria Alba - Opera for All

10 Aug 11 Aug 12 Aug 13 Aug

King Olaf 2017

Edinburgh International Festival

11 Aug

Magic Flute in Scots 2017

Ayrshire Opera Experience

12 Aug 12 Aug

Peter Grimes 2017

Edinburgh International Festival

13 Aug

Loose Operatic Women 2017

Edinburgh Studio Opera

14 Aug

Orfeo 2017

Edinburgh International Festival

14 Aug

A Rosenkavalier Extravaganza 2017


15 Aug

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