Opera Scotland

UK Opera in crisis?

For a variety of reasons we find we are passing through the darkest of times for our economies and lives. For all the fine words about building growth and adding value, it would be a strange strategy that immediately started by taking an axe to our strengths.

Yet with effect from 4 November, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera have been presented with savage cuts to central government funding. Why are the arts in general, and opera in particular, under...

Posted 27 Nov 2022 | Comments

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Ainadamar - The Fountain of Tears

Scottish Opera's big staging for the Autumn was this hugely successful British stage premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar .  This superb piece of music theatre was first seen in the USA in 2003 at Tanglewood and has since been performed widely.  It is not hard to see why.  The dramas of Federico Garcia Lorca seem to have become less frequently performed of late, so it is good to be reminded of this important twentieth century figure.  The work itself centres on his life and especially...

Posted 13 Nov 2022 | Comments

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General Director Alex Reedijk and Music Director Stuart Stratford

Scottish Opera's 2022/23 Season

Scottish Opera's new season celebrates 60 years since its foundation in 1962.  It includes several exciting departures from the usual run of events.  In August, Bernstein's operetta Candide will be given in a special performing space at New Rotterdam Wharf, adjacent to the company's Edington Street studios.  This will be an outdoor promenade production.

One of the most successful new operas of recent years is Ainadamar by the Argentine-born Osvaldo Golijov.  This musically-eclectic drama...

Posted 22 Aug 2022 | Comments

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Opera Festival Scotland

Opera Festival Scotland

Eyes on Dundee as city prepares for new arts festival

 

Dundee prepares to launch its newest arts festival, Opera Festival Scotland, offering a new collection of events for the city and drawing in fresh audiences from within the community and further afield. 

Within this inaugural weekend programme are represented six national arts organisations, including Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Opera Bohemia, English National Opera, Opera for Peace and the National Youth...

Posted 21 Aug 2022 | Comments

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Scottish Opera's Golden Years: book jacket

2022 Scottish Opera’s Golden Years John Duffus

There have been histories of Scottish Opera before: Scottish Opera - the First Ten Years by Conrad Wilson (Collins, London and Glasgow 1972); It is a Curious Story The Tale of Scottish Opera (1962-1987) by Cordelia Oliver (Mainstream Publishing 1987); and most recently Fifty Years of Scottish...

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Songs of Stevenson

Songs of Stevenson

That distinguished Scottish singer, Brian Bannatyne Scott, has annpounced the release of his first solo CD "Songs of Stevenson", produced by BBS Records and Birnam CD.

"Songs of Stevenson" features the first recordings of two song cycles by the Scottish composer Ronald Stevenson, "Hills of Home"...
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Progress on website

The team behind OperaScotland has been asked many times to consider expanding the range of entries to cover some non-operatic works with vocal content.   These would include concert items performed by important artists who did not appear much, if at all, in opera in Scotland.


We have made a...

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Controlling mission creep: how do you eat an elephant?

At OperaScotland, team members have been very anxious to avoid ‘mission creep’; there is so much history to tackle - from 1755 onwards, and perhaps earlier - that it always seems a struggle to focus on what is relevant. As the answer goes, we have to eat an elephant a mouthful at a time.

Having scoured different sources to come up with cast lists, we have become aware that every entry we make represents a considerable opportunity cost. Every time we enter a cast we could have to think in terms of an hour or more.

Musicals

Obviously we think mainly in terms of operas performed in Scotland. However, content could be not just opera but also works ‘carried out by opera companies’. So recently when Opera North brought Kiss Me, Kate to Edinburgh we found ourselves posting data. Other musicals have been placed on the site from time to time, as have the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. But the thought of identifying and listing all perforances of 'Messiah', for example, makes us feel queasy.  Surely life is too short for this.

What about other works of vocal and dramatic interest?

Choral works

It seems logical to include listings for Verdi’s Requiem Mass , and Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Were these the first performances in Scotland? The team have been entering performances on the website when the discovery seems of interest. Examples include entries for Mahler’s 8th Symphony and Song of the Earth.  Other examples include Janacek’s Diary of One who Disappeared at Ledlanet and Glagolitic Mass at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Other important performances are being logged.

For instance, we have listed this year’s West Side Story on account of its appearance in the Edinburgh International Festival.

Other events of significance posted recently include Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis , the Dvorak Requiem and Brahms Requiem and the Bruckner Mass No 3. Check out the links.

Future developments

Look out for more information as time goes by…  Please tell your friends about us.

We continue to post all the information we can about performances past, present and future.  One day, we hope to have listed the date of first performance in Scotland for all the works above and more...

And please, please keep sending information in...

Posted 11 Aug 2019

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What's On8 Apr - 8 May

Map List

Carmen 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

08 Apr 17 Apr

Tales of Hoffmann 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

08 Apr 13 Apr

Lohengrin 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

09 Apr 19 Apr

Mignon 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

10 Apr 20 Apr

Cavalleria Rusticana 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

10 Apr 12 Apr

Pagliacci 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

10 Apr 12 Apr

Jewels of the Madonna 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

14 Apr

Tannhäuser 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

15 Apr

Miracle 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

16 Apr

Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

17 Apr

Esmeralda 1920

Glasgow Grand Opera Society

19 Apr 21 Apr 23 Apr 24 Apr

Bohème 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

19 Apr

Carmen 1920

Glasgow Grand Opera Society

20 Apr 22 Apr 24 Apr

Tannhäuser 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

20 Apr

Stella Maris 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

21 Apr

Lily of Killarney 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

21 Apr

Faust 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

22 Apr

Madam Butterfly 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

22 Apr

Tristan und Isolde 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

23 Apr

Trovatore 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

24 Apr 24 Apr

Faust 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

24 Apr 01 May

Bohemian girl 1920

Carl Rosa Opera Company

25 Apr

Samson and Delilah 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

26 Apr

Masked Ball 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

27 Apr

Bohemian Girl 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

28 Apr

Nozze di Figaro 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

29 Apr

Wally 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

29 Apr

Manon Lescaut 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

30 Apr

Traviata 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

30 Apr

Trovatore 1920

O'Mara Grand Opera Company

01 May

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