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Scottish premiere for Daphne

A rarely performed late opera by Richard Strauss has been given its first Scottish performance in Glasgow.  Scottish Opera added Daphne to their impressive list of unusual items unearthed for performance in concert form.  All the singers knew their parts by heart, so were able to give a convincingly acted out performance under the direction of Emma Jenkins.  The orchestra is impressively large, containing several unusual and exotic instruments, and under Stuart Stratford's firm conducting it...

Posted 7 Sep 2023 | Comments

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Death of Renata Scotto

Renata Scotto, one of the greatest Italian sopranos of the post-war decades, has died aged 89.  She appeared frequently at La Scala, Milan and gave 314 performances during a long career at the New York Met.

She appeared three times at the Edinburgh International Festival.  The first of these was as a member of the La Scala company in 1957, when she sang in the final performance of La sonnambula instead of the 'indisposed' Maria Callas.  Her superb interpretation won over an initially frosty...

Posted 25 Aug 2023 | Comments

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Season brochure

Scottish Opera 2023/24

Scottish Opera's plans for next season have been announced.  The two long tours, including Aberdeen and Inverness, are revivals of Sir Thomas Allen's memorable Barber of Seville and Sir David McVicar's excellent Traviata.

The new production in the New Year is a UK premiere.  Following the success of Jonathan Dove's comedy Flight a few years ago, they commissioned a follow-up jointly with Bonn.  They now offer the UK premiere.  Marx in London does not, on the face of it, seem an obvious...

Posted 15 May 2023 | Comments

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Edinburgh International Festival 2023

The recently appointed Festival director, violinist Nicola Benedetti, has only had a few months in which to finalise her first programme.  In those circumstances a significant opera schedule could hardly be expected.  However a regular Festival guest, the Australian director Barrie Kosky, is bringing his Berliner Ensemble with a staging of Weill's Threepenny Opera.  Edinburgh-born conductor Sir Donald Runnicles also returns with his Berlin company for a concert performance of Tannhäuser. ...

Posted 14 May 2023 | Comments

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Scottish Opera's Golden Years: book jacket

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.


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 On26 May - 26 Jun

Map List

Così fan tutte 2012

Opera à la Carte

26 May

Sensory O 2012

Scottish Opera

26 May 26 May 27 May 27 May 02 Jun 02 Jun 03 Jun 03 Jun 09 Jun 09 Jun 09 Jun 10 Jun 10 Jun 10 Jun

Threepenny Opera 2012

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

26 May 26 May

Carmen 2012

Edinburgh Grand Opera

26 May

Traviata 2012

Tayside Opera

26 May

Tosca (Pre-show talk) 2012

Scottish Opera

27 May 09 Jun

Tosca 2012

Scottish Opera

27 May 31 May 02 Jun 07 Jun 09 Jun

Centenary Celebration with Humphrey Burton 2012

Wagner Society of Scotland

27 May

Falstaff (live relay) 2012

Royal Opera

30 May

Touch Tour Tosca 2012

Scottish Opera

02 Jun 02 Jun 09 Jun

Barbiere di Siviglia 2012

Opera Project

03 Jun

Pagliacci 2012

Scottish Opera

05 Jun

Cavalleria Rusticana 2012

Scottish Opera

05 Jun

Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Workshops 2012

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

07 Jun 08 Jun

Ruddigore 2012

Opera North

07 Jun 08 Jun 09 Jun 09 Jun

Tosca Unwrapped 2012

Scottish Opera

08 Jun

Zauberflöte 2012

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

09 Jun 11 Jun 13 Jun 14 Jun

Cunning Little Vixen (live cinema relay) 2012

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

10 Jun 10 Jun 10 Jun

Eugene Onegin 2012

St Andrews Opera

14 Jun 15 Jun 16 Jun

Porgy and Bess 2012

Cape Town Opera, South Africa

15 Jun 16 Jun 16 Jun

Wagner's Dream (cinema relay) 2012

Metropolitan Opera

20 Jun 20 Jun 20 Jun 20 Jun

Carmen 2012

St Magnus International Festival

21 Jun 23 Jun

Cenerentola (deferred cinema relay) 2012

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

22 Jun 22 Jun 22 Jun

Otello (live cinema relay) 2012

Metropolitan Opera

23 Jun

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