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Stuart Stratford, Scottish Opera Music Director and Alex Reedijk, General Director. Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera's 2019/20 Season revealed

Looking ahead to 2019-20, what were we hoping for?  Something new certainly, something interesting at any rate. In these difficult times, something to raise the spirits. Not too many revivals, no sense of playing safe and finally, a programme that would be distinctive in the UK context. So we are absolutely delighted to see our hopes more than met.

On offer is a strong and hugely varied programme that has something for almost every taste, from those completely new to opera (Tosca) to those...

Posted 12 Apr 2019 | Comments

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Edinburgh Festival Programme announced

The Edinburgh International Festival runs from 2 – 26 August 2019, bringing its usual extravagant mix of theatre, music and dance from across the world to Scotland’s capital. The programme features 93 events, with 293 performances across 17 venues and 2600 artists from 40 nations.


The staged opera programme features two contrasting works. Komische Oper Berlin and its Artistic Director Barrie Kosky return with a production of Tchaikovsky’s best-loved opera Eugene Onegin. The first cast...

Posted 27 Mar 2019 | Comments

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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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Hawaiian-language opera for Fringe

The Battle of Kuamoo a new opera in the Hawaiian language, is reportedly headed for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In August, 25 students from Kamehameha Schools will travel to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, an annual performing arts festival in Scotland, to perform the opera in front of a...

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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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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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