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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

This year's Fringe programme has been released - and a mighty big tome it is too. 

Over 400 pages of listings include many operatic events. We've had a quick look to pull out some of the most appealing ones and save you some time. Click through the links to find out more.

Headlines

Highlights include Opera Bohemia's new production of Lehar's Merry Widow.  The Edinburgh performance, the first of the tour, will feature an eight-piece band, and promises to be a fine production.

Cambridge...

Posted 14 Jun 2019 | Comments

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'Riveting': a great opportunity to see Scottish Opera's Anthropocene

'Historic' is a much misused term. However, there is no doubt that technology is revolutionising the way we can access culture, whether football or opera. Anthropocene, the acclaimed new work commissioned by Scottish Opera from composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh, is now available to watch free on OperaVision. Whether we are young or old, and live in Inverness or Auchtermuchty, this offers an unparalleled opportunity. All we need is access to the Web.

Directed by Matthew...

Posted 28 May 2019 | Comments

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Arias and Energy

Arias will accompany ground-breaking green energy production when Byre Opera, the University of St Andrews opera company, performs at the University’s biomass plant within the Eden Campus Energy Centre Guardbridge next month.

The £25m plant on the east side of the former paper mill site houses a biomass boiler which uses clean, sustainable fuel from sources across Scotland to produce hot water. This water is then pumped four miles underground to St Andrews where it heats University...

Posted 12 May 2019 | Comments

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The company

Opera North and Aïda at the Usher Hall

Another welcome visit from Opera North who bolster the major operatic programmes of Scottish Opera and the Edinburgh International Festival. 

Opera North's renowned presentations of opera in concert form are coming again to the Usher Hall on Tuesday 21 May. Their production of Verdi's great work Aïda has earned praise from all quarters. This work presents great challenges for any company in alternating scenes of powerful intimacy with operatic spectacle of the highest order. 

Reunited for...

Posted 5 May 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

Opera fan and influential force in the arts: 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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Looking for a speaker?

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 influential life of Carl Rosa.


Carl Rosa: from ‘juvenile Paganini’...

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Controlling mission creep: how do you eat an elephant?

At OperaScotland, team members have been very anxious to avoid ‘mission creep’; there is so much history to tackle - from 1755 onwards, and perhaps earlier - that it always seems a struggle to focus on what is relevant. As the answer goes, we have to eat an elephant a mouthful at a time.

Having scoured different sources to come up with cast lists, we have become aware that every entry we make represents a considerable opportunity cost. Every time we enter a cast we could have to think in terms of an hour or more.

Musicals

Obviously we think mainly in terms of operas performed in Scotland. However, content could be not just opera but also works ‘carried out by opera companies’. So recently when Opera North brought Kiss Me, Kate to Edinburgh we found ourselves posting data. Other musicals have been placed on the site from time to time, as have the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. But the thought of identifying and listing all perforances of 'Messiah', for example, makes us feel queasy.  Surely life is too short for this.

What about other works of vocal and dramatic interest?

Choral works

It seems logical to include listings for Verdi’s Requiem Mass , and Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Were these the first performances in Scotland? The team have been entering performances on the website when the discovery seems of interest. Examples include entries for Mahler’s 8th Symphony and Song of the Earth.  Other examples include Janacek’s Diary of One who Disappeared at Ledlanet and Glagolitic Mass at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Other important performances are being logged.

For instance, we have listed this year’s West Side Story on account of its appearance in the Edinburgh International Festival.

Other events of significance posted recently include Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis , the Dvorak Requiem and Brahms Requiem and the Bruckner Mass No 3. Check out the links.

Future developments

Look out for more information as time goes by…  Please tell your friends about us.

We continue to post all the information we can about performances past, present and future.  One day, we hope to have listed the date of first performance in Scotland for all the works above and more...

And please, please keep sending information in...

Posted 11 Aug 2019

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