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Exciting programme for Edinburgh Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) has unveiled its 2017 programme which marks the event’s 70th anniversary. This year’s International Festival runs from Friday 4 to Monday 28 August, welcoming 2,020 artists from 40 nations to perform in Scotland’s capital city.

The nine operas include works from all ages and for all appetites, appealing to both seasoned fans and opera newcomers alike. Highlights include classic operas Puccini’s La bohème, Verdi’s Macbeth (pictured), and Mozart’s...

Posted 16 Mar 2017 | Comments

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Philip White

RCS appoint new Head of Opera

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ranked in the world top three for performing arts education, has appointed a new Head of Opera. Philip White will join Scotland's national Conservatoire in August 2017.

Philip joins the Royal Conservatoire from his role as Chorus Master at the Opéra de Lyon in France and from Grange Park Opera where he is Head of Music. His appointment follows the announcement by the Royal Conservatoire's current Head of Opera, Professor Timothy Dean, to stand down...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 | Comments

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Rare chance to see Snow Maiden

At OperaScotland we generally try to chronicle the activities of Scottish companies wherever they perform. We also record performances in Scotland by visiting companies - a recent example being the visit of Opera North to Edinburgh with excellent stagings of Billy Budd and a Puccini double-bill.

We have not so far featured performances outside Scotland by non-Scottish companies. However, as it is within our remit to encourage opera-going in all its forms, it seems logical that we should...

Posted 4 Mar 2017 | Comments

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New rehearsal space

Silver Cloud for Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera has created a new rehearsal space, called Silver Cloud Studio, in Hillington Park, Scotland’s largest business park located between Glasgow and Paisley.

Silver Cloud Studio, shown left, measures over 5000 square feet and has been converted from a large industrial unit into an attractive modern rehearsal area for The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

Alex Reedijk, Scottish Opera’s General Director said: ‘I am delighted that Silver Cloud Studio is now open. Suitable rehearsal...

Posted 3 Mar 2017 | Comments

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Would you like to help us?

OperaScotland has been looking back over a year of steady growth. All the team have been pleased by the growing interest in our work, so much so that we want to push on over the next year and ‘scale up’ if we possibly can.

But if we are to do this we need help. We want to keep the website as...

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Emerging Artists

Emerging Artists 2016-17

Scottish Opera has welcomed a talented new group of Emerging Artists for the 2016/17 Season: Beth Hicks, Emma Kerr, Jim Manganello, Hazel McBain, Lliam Paterson, Elgan Llyr Thomas and Maria Struckova.

The Emerging Artists programme offers young artists the opportunity of a lifetime – a period...

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Handel's Messiah from scratch 6.30 Sat 22 April 2017

Come along and help raise money for a great cause, Alzheimer's Research UK, to St Cuthbert's Church Edinburgh EH1 2EP with the Sing for Brains Chorus and the Canongate Orchestra conducted by Robert Dick.

Singing tickets £20; Audience Tickets £15; All welcome

Six hundred singers from choirs all...

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New in February and early March

Work has continued behind the scenes, and cast details have been uploaded for the following productions:-

Duke Bluebeard's Castle (1957, 1990, 1993) and Erwartung (1993).

Also see  Malheurs d'Orphée (2017) and Oedipus Rex (1990).

Also Opera Highlights (2017) and Vin Herbé (2017).

Although Opera North has sadly not toured their current productions north, we reviewed and promoted them - see Snow Maiden (2017), Cenerentola (2017) and Hansel and Gretel (2017).

Much work continues to be done in identifying dates of first performance in Scotland for particular operas. This can be immensely time consuming, as digitisation of sources is limited. Hence one has to scan microfilm, a time consuming business.

Posted 15 Mar 2017

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What's On24 Apr - 24 May

Map List

April events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

28 Apr 30 Apr 30 Apr

May events Supporters of Scottish Opera 2017

Friends of Scottish Opera

07 May 14 May 23 May

Bohème 2017

Scottish Opera

09 May 12 May 14 May 16 May 18 May 20 May

Bohème 2017

Heritage Opera

10 May

Bohème Unwrapped 2017

Scottish Opera

11 May

Don Giovanni 2017


12 May 13 May 14 May

Fledermaus 2017

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

13 May 15 May 17 May 19 May

Creation 2017

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO)

14 May

Tosca 2017

English Touring Opera

18 May

Nabucco 2017

Tayside Opera

19 May 20 May

Villi 2017

Scottish Opera

21 May

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