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Anthropocene 2019Scottish Opera

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(In prep)

Scottish Opera's 2018/19 season starts off with the company's first full-scale staging of one of the most popular works of the verismo school in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. This will be seen in Paisley in July - an impressively large-scale production with many local performers, all in a temporarily-erected tent. The new stagings include a world premiere, Anthropocene, an eagerly awaited further collaboration between Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh. There is also a new Kátya Kabanová. Returning to the composition period of Pagliacci, the continuing Sunday afternoon concert series includes Scottish premieres for Puccini's second opera, Edgar, and Mascagni's fifth, Silvano. There are also major revivals, and long tours, for Matthew Richardson's staging of Rigoletto from 2011 and Sir Thomas Allen's of The Magic Flute (2012).

The partnership of composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh has emerged as the most successful and enduring team to emerge from Scottish Opera's enterprising 5:15 event a decade ago, when, for three seasons, three groups of fifteen minute operatic scenes were premiered. The MacRae and Welsh work, Rembrance Day, an excellence short piece, was succeeded in 2012 by a single act of drama in Ghost Patrol. This is a satisfying blend of thriller and human drama, with a bit pf PTSD thrown in. Their development continued with a full-length opera, The Devil Inside, derived loosely from a short story by Stevenson. For 2019 they have come up with a work that ptomises further uneasiness and atmosphere. It is much anticipated.

Performance DatesAnthropocene 2019

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

24 Jan, 19.15 26 Jan, 19.15

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

31 Jan, 19.15 2 Feb, 19.15

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Hackney Empire | London

7 Feb, 19.30 9 Feb, 19.30

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