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Natalia Dercho as CioCioSan in the original production

Scottish Opera's New Season Announced

Posted 21 May 2013

In addition to the new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni revealed earlier, a new production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale and a revival of Sir David McVicar's famous production of Madama Butterfly will be given. Our illustration is from the original performances and shows Natalia Dercho as Cio-Cio-San. Butterfly is a striking anniversary choice because it will echo the first ever performances by Scottish Opera.

Although there will be only three mainstage productions due to the closure of the Theatre Royal, there is plenty to compensate.  A concert performance of Puccini's Turandot is to be given in Edinburgh's Usher Hall, and a revival of Dominic Hill's production of Verdi's Macbeth will be presented in Glasgow's Citizens and Edinburgh's King's Theatre.  In Edinburgh in August, American Lulu, based on Alban Berg's unfinished work, will be given as part of the International Festival and a revival of Weill and Brecht's Seven Deadly Sins as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  A new production of Handel's Rodelinda will be toured to sixteen venues.  Finally, there will be a new Christmas show for 3-6 year olds, Platypus in Boots, and revivals of both BabyO and SensoryO, the company's interactive shows for babies and toddlers. 

A busy season is therefore in prospect, involving fourteen different shows, four new productions, a UK premiere, two collaborations and 181 performances taking place in 51 different venues across the country.

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