Opera Scotland

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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Cast

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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Rigoletto 2006

Ellen Kent Productions

21 May 28 May

Opera Proibita 2006

Celebrity Concert

21 May

Bohème 2006

Ellen Kent Productions

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Carmen 2006

Scottish Opera

25 May 30 May 03 Jun 06 Jun 06 Jun 08 Jun 10 Jun 13 Jun

Tosca 2006

English Touring Opera

25 May 27 May

Jenůfa 2006

English Touring Opera

26 May

Don Giovanni 2006

Scottish Opera

27 May 01 Jun 14 Jun

Nozze di Figaro 2006

Opera North

13 Jun

Arms and the Cow 2006

Opera North

14 Jun

Rondine 2006

Opera North

15 Jun

Fledermaus 2006

Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society

15 Jun

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