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William Morgan in Opera Highlights

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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Birth of another Scottish opera group

It's great to hear of another new venture in the world of opera.

The company, Le Petit Verre, has just announced their very first production, Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. This lovely score will be given by twenty-five young musicians. This sounds just what is needed to brighten the wintry nights.

Shows will take place in the Central Hall of the Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, on November 9th and 11th at 7:30 pm. 

Le Petit Verre operates on the basis of a completely student-run,...

Posted 6 Nov 2017 | Comments

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Opera Passion Day today

Today, Thursday 19 October, Scottish Opera will be one of eight opera companies around the UK taking part in #OperaPassion Day, a superb initiative to promote opera to new audiences, spearheaded by BBC Arts Digital and the V&A Museum in London.

You are able to view and interact with eight hours worth of live opera-related content. This ranges from work by the opera companies themselves, BBC Tomorrow’s World and the V&A’s Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition – including backstage...

Posted 19 Oct 2017 | Comments

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Curtain falls on Opera Camerata

Opera Camerata gave their final performance on Saturday 14 October 2017 at the Church Hill Theatre in Edinburgh. Their last production was of Offenbach's La Belle Hélène, first performed by them in 1998. After thirty-five years this marks a sad loss to Scotland's operatic landscape.

Origin and aims

The company was born following the demise of the Edinburgh Opera Company, which ran from 1909 until 1981. Aware of this gap, Neil and Inga Mantle led the formation of Sinfonia Opera, which from...

Posted 15 Oct 2017 | Comments

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Emerging artists

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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New in September

Of all opera providers in Scotland in the days before the arrival of Edinburgh International Festival and Scottish Opera, Carl Rosa Opera was by far the most important and long-lasting. It may seem hardly surprising therefore that in our historic work we are concentrating first on tracking down their contribution.

The current phase involves us tackling the remainder of the years from 1900 to 1923 when the company was managed by the van Noordens.

We have continued to add details of the Carl Rosa Scottish tour in Spring 1923. Over ten weeks the company visited six centres and performed 22 operas. Last month we mentioned six of them - here is the complete list:

Aida; Bohemian Girl; Carmen; Cavalleria Rusticana;  

Daughter of the Regiment; Faust; Lily of Killarney; Lohengrin;

Madam Butterfly; Maritana; Marriage of Figaro; Masked Ball;

Mastersingers; Mignon; Pagliacci; Rigoletto; Samson and Delilah;

Tales of Hoffmann; Tannhauser; Thais and Talmaae; Tristan and Isolde; Trovatore.


We intend over the next year to post details for their remaining performances.


Other performances entered

Other productions during 2017 now detailed on this site include the Ryedale Finta Giardiniera and two more small-scale stagings - Boheme, by Heritage and Boheme by Opera Bohemia.


Carl Rosa Opera: Book in preparation

The Carl Rosa Trust has undertaken to produce a history of the Carl Rosa Opera. Iain Fraser of OperaScotland has agreed to contribute a chapter on Rosa himself. All at OperaScotland generally are to collaborate by contributing information.

If anyone reading this is able to help, we'd also welcome your contribution. 

Posted 4 Oct 2017

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