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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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What's On19 Feb - 19 Mar

Map List

Opera Highlights 2019

Scottish Opera

19 Feb 21 Feb 23 Feb 26 Feb 28 Feb 02 Mar 05 Mar 07 Mar 09 Mar 12 Mar 12 Mar 16 Mar

EGO Quiz Night 2019

Edinburgh Grand Opera

22 Feb

Friends of Scottish Opera February 2019

Friends of Scottish Opera

24 Feb

The Spear in Parsifal 2019

Wagner Society of Scotland

24 Feb

Dido and Aeneas 2019

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

02 Mar 04 Mar 06 Mar 08 Mar

Trouble in Tahiti 2019

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

02 Mar 04 Mar 06 Mar 08 Mar

Eugene Onegin: A concert 2019

Edinburgh Studio Opera

03 Mar

Friends of Scottish Opera March 2019

Friends of Scottish Opera

08 Mar 09 Mar 10 Mar 12 Mar

Carmina Burana 2019

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

08 Mar 09 Mar

Nozze di Figaro 2019

University of St Andrews Opera Society

11 Mar 12 Mar 13 Mar

Kátya Kabanová 2019

Scottish Opera

12 Mar 14 Mar 16 Mar

Eugene Onegin 2019

Edinburgh Studio Opera

12 Mar 14 Mar 15 Mar

Pagliacci 1917

Carl Rosa Opera Company

12 Mar

Trovatore 1909

Carl Rosa Opera Company

13 Mar

World Class Soprano in Irvine 2019

Ayrshire Opera Experience

14 Mar

Threepenny Opera 2019

Aberdeen University Opera Society

15 Mar 16 Mar 17 Mar

Wagner and the Third Reich 2019

Wagner Society of Scotland

17 Mar

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