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Witches of Paisley

The Witches of Paisley is to be Paisley Opera’s first major production and will be performed on December 8 and 9 at Paisley Abbey.

It is a dramatisation of the events of the last major witch hunt in Western Europe.

This specially-devised production, being staged in the build-up to Paisley’s bid as UK City of Culture 2021, will tell the story of the tragic happenings of the witch trials in and around Paisley in 1697.  These trials led to the execution and burning of seven innocent people for...

Posted 2 Dec 2017 | Comments

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William Morgan in Opera Highlights

Opera Highlights hits the road again

New Year, new tour

Scottish Opera’s hugely popular Opera Highlights tour kicks off once again in February, travelling to 14 smaller, more remote venues the length and breadth of Scotland, from Lerwick in the north to Castle Douglas in the south. Having already journeyed to 17 venues across the country in the Autumn, the Spring tour begins on 6 February in Livingston. 

The programme

Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark has curated an extremely varied programme including favourites from...

Posted 17 Nov 2017 | Comments

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Birth of another Scottish opera group

It's great to hear of another new venture in the world of opera.

The company, Le Petit Verre, has just announced their very first production, Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. This lovely score will be given by twenty-five young musicians. This sounds just what is needed to brighten the wintry nights.

Shows will take place in the Central Hall of the Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, on November 9th and 11th at 7:30 pm. 

Le Petit Verre operates on the basis of a completely student-run,...

Posted 6 Nov 2017 | Comments

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Opera Passion Day today

Today, Thursday 19 October, Scottish Opera will be one of eight opera companies around the UK taking part in #OperaPassion Day, a superb initiative to promote opera to new audiences, spearheaded by BBC Arts Digital and the V&A Museum in London.

You are able to view and interact with eight hours worth of live opera-related content. This ranges from work by the opera companies themselves, BBC Tomorrow’s World and the V&A’s Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition – including backstage...

Posted 19 Oct 2017 | Comments

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Emerging artists

New Emerging Artists

Scottish Opera has welcomed a talented new group of Emerging Artists for the 2017/18 Season. 

They are Catherine Backhouse (mezzo), Samuel Bordoli (composer), Alexey Gusev (baritone), Patrick Milne (repetiteur), Ellen Murgatroyd (costume trainee), Alex Otterburn (baritone) and Laura Zigmantaite...

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Opera hits heights at 70th Anniversary Festival

In terms of opera, this was the greatest Festival for some considerable time.

For the first time in many years, the Festival had a residency by a major visiting opera company.

The Teatro Regio, Torino, brought Macbeth, the opera that opened that very first Festival back in 1947, together with La...

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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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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 On13 Nov - 13 Dec

Map List

Friends of Scottish Opera November 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

14 Nov

Traviata 2017

Scottish Opera

15 Nov 19 Nov 21 Nov 23 Nov 25 Nov 28 Nov 30 Nov 02 Dec

Concert 2017

Tayside Opera

26 Nov

Dream of Gerontius 2017

City of Glasgow Chorus

26 Nov

Fiery Angel 2017

Scottish Opera

03 Dec

AGM and Christmas Social 2017

Wagner Society of Scotland

03 Dec

Friends of Scottish Opera December 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

08 Dec 10 Dec 10 Dec

Witches of Paisley 2017

Paisley Opera

08 Dec 09 Dec

Bohème 2017

Opera Bohemia

10 Dec

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