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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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Community opera in Paisley

With their strapline, 'Passion not posh', we welcome a new community opera company to Scotland.

Professional soloists and orchestra join Paisley Opera’s full community chorus in their first ever full opera: a new production of Puccini’s romantic masterpiece, La Bohème.

Paisley not Paris

This production brings Puccini’s world-renowned opera to the heart of the community, setting it in "Scotland's largest town" and including the town’s history, culture, landmarks and language. Paisley Opera’s...

Posted 31 Jan 2019 | Comments

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A very happy New Year to you all!

To all those working in opera in Scotland, paid or unpaid; and to all in the community who support this great art form by buying tickets and creating audiences, may you have the happiest, healthiest and most fulfilling of years.

As always, January is a time of year both to look back and look forward. We reflect in some sadness on the year just gone, acknowledging support given by those no longer with us. But we try also to celebrate, to salute our achievements, and choose some next steps.


Posted 8 Jan 2019 | Comments

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Navigate the Blood

In a powerful new partnership, top Scottish indie-folk band Admiral Fallow have joined forces with composer Gareth Williams pushing their collaborative boundaries in new creative directions to create the music for a new NOISE production. 

Working with Gareth, librettist Siân Evans, and classical opera singers, the band have embraced an intense writing process, resulting in an exciting first new work of modern opera by these talented and versatile musicians. 

The opera is set in the world...

Posted 26 Oct 2018 | Comments

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Scottish Opera's Emerging Artists

Scottish Opera has welcomed a talented new group of Emerging Artists for the 2018/19 Season. Our image shows Samuel Bordoli, Erika Gundesen, Alexey Gusev, Marie Hansen, and Bethan Langford. The others are Sofia Troncoso and Lucy Anderson.

What is the Emerging Artists programme?

Careers in the...

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John Calder

Death of John Calder

John Calder died on 13th August at the age of 91.

Most of his obituarists 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.

However to the team behind OperaScotland, he will be remembered as one of three...

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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 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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