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Judgment of Paris

On Thursday 25 October, there is a rare presentation of Judgment of Paris at the Byre Theatre in st Andrews. This historically important masque has music by John Eccles with words by the great Restoration dramatist William Congreve.

The production has been significantly rethought since its last St Andrews appearance in order to link with scientific ideas of the time. It represents the fruit of SHINE: Science meets Opera, a collaboration between Byre Opera in partnership with the...

Posted 20 Oct 2018 | Comments

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New Season's Opera for Royal Conservatoire

The highlights of the RCS opera season include a UK stage premiere of the Jake Heggie opera Dead Man Walking, to be performed in May 2019.

There is a comic double bill in January, of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias.

In March, there is a further double bill. Purcell's evergreen Dido and Aeneas is coupled with Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, marking his centenary year.

The well-known format of Opera Scenes is to be staged at the end of November. This year, to...

Posted 5 Sep 2018 | Comments

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Scots and Gaelic and Baroque Opera

A pioneering project to perform a baroque opera in Scots and Gaelic will be taking place this summer with a new production of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas sung completely in Scots and Gaelic.

 The Scots Opera Project are fast building a reputation for these ground-breaking productions; having previously created, performed and toured Charpentier's Actéon, La Descente D'Orphée Aux Enfers and Mozart’s Magic Flute, sung entirely in Scots. This year the Scots Opera Project will introduce Gaelic...

Posted 29 Jul 2018 | Comments

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Edinburgh Fringe programme announced

Thi year's opera productions offer a number of delights.

Notable are Opera Bohemia's new production of Verdi's Falstaff and  Mozart's Idomeneo, performed by Aria Alba-Opera for All.

New opera is represented by Tumbling Lassie, performed by Edinburgh Studio Opera. Music is by Tom Cunningham to a libretto by Alexander McCall Smith.

Opera Allegra are to perform Violetta, a contemporary version of Verdi's Traviata.

The Savoy operas are represented too, with a number of versions. Patience, by...

Posted 9 Jun 2018 | Comments

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John Calder

Death of John Calder

John Calder has died on 13th August at the age of 91. Most of the obituaries refer to his remarkable career as a publisher, to his campaigns for freedom of expression and to his support for writers and the book trade. but to the team behind OperaScotland, he will be remembered as one of three or...

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Handel's Largo and Xerxes/Serse

Handel's opera Xerxes or Serse is about to be given its second staged production in Scotland.

Byre opera are giving a handful of performances from Friday 22 June - see our entry here.

Of the cast at the RSAMD, at least one, Olafur Sigurdson, is making a career as a baritone in Verdi and Wager...

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Iain, Peter and Stephen Fraser, co-founders of OperaScotland and research 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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