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Opera Bohemia to perform Falstaff

Opera Bohemia are poised to make further progress as Scotland's young touring company, following their success in 2017 taking Bizet's Pearl Fishers round Scotland.

It was marvellous to hear that last year audience numbers reached a record high with nearly three and a half thousand people seeing their Pearl Fishers, and many venues sold out.

The new production will be Verdi’s comic opera, Falstaff, based on Shakespeare’s play, the Merry Wives of Windsor.  Performances of Falstaff will take...

Posted 21 Jan 2018 | Comments

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New Year, fresh programme at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The new season gets off to an interesting start. The RCS is offering two rarities in a double bill of Holst's Savitri and Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis. There are only four performances - click through our listings for details of Savitri here and The Emperor of Atlantis here  In fact this will be the Scottish premiere for Ullmann's work. The conductor is to be Lionel Friend.

There are also four performances of Jonathan Dove's The Day After, based on the Greek myth of Phaeton. The...

Posted 7 Jan 2018 | Comments

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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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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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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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