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OperaScotland now recommends websites that we feel would also be enjoyed by visitors to our site.

Check them all out. They are a varied and interesting bunch offering lots of interesting information.

Carl Rosa Trust is a resource growing in importance as more and more information is added concerning opera performances throughout Britain from 1873.

*Retrospect Opera is dedicated to producing recordings of works by British composers from the 18th, 19th and 20th century operas. They deserve every encouragement, and it is a pleasure to listen to these works shown on the Scottish stage.

* www.victorianenglishopera.org/ has all sorts of information about 19th-century British opera with an original English libretto.

* http://www.britishandirishworld.com/ is the major site about Michael William Balfe.

* http://www.victorianoperanorthwest.org/ has recorded several British operas of the 19th century, as well as a particularly fine CD of overtures (see the SOMM entry, below).

The distinguished expert on opera, Derek Watson, holds evening classes called 'Introducing Opera' in Edinburgh each year, along with other courses listed on the website www.introducingopera.co.uk.

Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland (or McOpera) was set up by musicians from the Orchestra of Scottish Opera in spring 2012 to generate a diverse range of new opportunities during that part of the year when they are not employed by Scottish Opera.

NOISE (New Opera in Scotland Events) was founded in 2011 to develop the audience for contemporary opera in Scotland - for information about Sloan's Project and Hirta see their website here.

The Wagner Society of Scotland is active at www.wagnerscotland.net. The Society has an active programme and holds interesting events that attract an attentive audience.

Opera Bohemia is a young Scottish company, brimming with talent and with a declared aim to bring opera to the new generation.  Contact them here.

The greatest website for theatre history (including opera) is surely the Arthur Lloyd Music Hall and Theatre History Forum http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/ 

Check out the website of composer Sally Beamish (Monster, Hagar in the Wilderness) here. 

Find out about composer Julian Wagstaff (The Turing Test, Breathe Freely) here.




* Victorian opera overtures:

* Falstaff (Balfe):

* Robin Hood (Macfarren):

* Lurline (William Vincent Wallace):

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