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Silvano 2019Scottish Opera

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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).

For all the years since his death, indeed during most of his lifetime, Mascagni was generally regarded as a one hit wonder. The success of Cavalleria Rusticana far outstripped any of its successors. In recent years, Opera Holland Park has made something of a speciality of disinterring the works not just of Mascagni, but also Leoncavallo (Zazà), Cilea (Adriana Lecouvreur), Montemezzi (L'amore dei tre re), Zandonai (Francesca da Rimini) and other Italian composers of that era. The works by Mascagni that have resurfaced include L'amico FritzZanetto and Iris, with Isabeau due to appear in 2018. Even OHP have not yet tried Silvano, and this may be its British premiere, as it did not reach London in the period after its launch at La Scala in 1895.

The text is by at least one of the collaborators on Cavalleria, and features another emotionally disastrous mix, with a novel maritime element thrown in.

It will be good to hear Stuart Stratford continuing his exploration of a neglected area of the repertoire which his years at OHP have shown that he clearly loves. Emma Bell has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival and has a flourishing international career, but this is her debut with Scottish Opera.

Performance DatesSilvano 2019

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City Halls, Glasgow | Glasgow

14 Apr, 15.00

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

16 Apr, 19.30

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