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Rigoletto in Scotland

Rigoletto received its first Scottish performance on 11 December 1867, at Glasgow’s newly-opened Royal Colosseum Theatre. (The image is from the last act of the premiere in 1851). Madame Lancia’s Grand English Opera Company visited Glasgow on a national tour in which the singers included Charles Durand (Rigoletto), William Parkinson (Duke), Florence Lancia herself (Gilda), Carlotta Zerbini (Maddalena) and Mr Tempest (Sparafucile).

Just over a year later the Grand Italian Opera from London...

Posted 22 Sep 2018 | Comments

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Eugene Onegin in Scotland

Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (pictured) received its first performance in Scotland at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, on 7 November 1906.

Early history

The performers at that first performance were the Moody-Manners Opera Company conducted by Richard Eckhold. Tatyana was sung by Fanny Moody herself, with her husband Charles Manners as Gremin. The couple were repeating the parts they had sung in the 1892 British premiere, in London at the Olympic Theatre, This was conducted...

Posted 3 May 2018 | Comments

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Ariadne auf Naxos in Scotland

Ariadne auf Naxos by composer Richard Strauss (pictured) received its first Scottish performance on 21 August 1950, at The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh.

Ariadne became the most famous event of that Festival because it consisted of a very rare production of the original 1912 version, and because it was conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, a great Strauss conductor who had led the London premiere in 1913. The production by Glyndebourne was directed by Carl Ebert in designs by Oliver Messel.


Posted 30 Mar 2018 | Comments

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Flight in Scotland

Flight received its Scottish premiere at the New Athenaeum Theatre of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) on 24 June 2006.

The production was directed by Will Kerley and conducted by Timothy Dean. 

The cast of students included Reno Troilus as the Refugee and Carla Caramujo as the Controller, along with Chris Elliott and Matthew Marriott as Bill; Helene Dahlberg ( Tina); Anders Östberg and Susan Boyd (Steward and Stewardess); ...

Posted 23 Feb 2018 | Comments

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Welcome to Scotland's History

The Opera Scotland team have started to piece together Scotland's operatic history, something now largely forgotten. We have been working with the contents of libraries and archives as well as through on-line searches. We have been identifying singers, performances, touring companies and Scottish premieres.

We shall continue to build up what we believe will become a comprehensive picture, fleshing out the bare details and bringing to life an almost forgotten aspect of Scotland's cultural life. We are sure there is much more to discover.

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