Opera Scotland

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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Rusalka

Edinburgh Festival programme announced

After the complete loss of the Edinburgh International Festival 2020 programme and a very constrained 2021 Festival, it is a relief to discover that for 2022 matters appear to be returning to normal, with classical music events largely at the Usher Hall, Festival Theatre and Queen's Hall. Only one opera is fully staged - Rusalka. (illustrated). Two are to be given in concert form - Fidelio and Salome.

In addition, there are several works that can be included on the OperaScotland site as...

Posted 31 Mar 2022 | Comments

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Lindsay Johnson

Conservatoire takes Flight

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is giving four performances in Glasgow of Flight, the hugely successful opera by Jonathan Dove. Flight was launched in 1998 at Glyndebourne, and quickly gave rise to performances spread around the operatic world.

The text by April De Angelis, set in a stormbound airport, is at the same time both witty and thought provoking. It is also remarkably topical, with its emphasis on the problem of refugees arriving from the east. A minor sector of the plot...

Posted 13 Mar 2022 | Comments

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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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John Calder

Opera fan and influential force in the arts: John Calder

John Calder died on 13 August 2018 at the age of 91.


Most of the obituarists refer to his remarkable career as a publisher, to campaigns for freedom of expression, and to his support for writers and the book trade.


However to the team behind OperaScotland, he will be remembered as one of 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 On5 Aug - 5 Sep

Map List

Kiss Me, Kate 2010

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

09 Aug 14 Aug 19 Aug 25 Aug 30 Aug 02 Sep 04 Sep

Niño 2010

Edinburgh International Festival

13 Aug

Porgy and Bess 2010

Opéra de Lyon

14 Aug 16 Aug 17 Aug

Montezuma 2010

Edinburgh International Festival

14 Aug 15 Aug 17 Aug

Club Noir: A Night at the Opera 2010

Scottish Opera

14 Aug

Opera on a Shoestring 2010

Opera on a Shoestring

14 Aug

Bohème (deferred cinema relay) 2010

Perth Playhouse

17 Aug 19 Aug

Bohème 2010

Opera Bohemia

17 Aug 19 Aug 21 Aug

Idomeneo, Re di Creta 2010

Edinburgh International Festival

20 Aug

Fanciulla del West 2010

Scottish Opera

23 Aug

Zauberflöte 2010

Shadwell Opera, University of Cambridge

23 Aug 25 Aug 27 Aug 29 Aug

Midsummer Night's Dream 2010

Shadwell Opera, University of Cambridge

24 Aug 26 Aug 28 Aug

Indian Queen 2010

Edinburgh International Festival

24 Aug

Heure Espagnole 2010

Edinburgh International Festival

25 Aug

Oedipus Rex 2002

Canadian Opera Company

31 Aug

Bliss 2010

Opera Australia

02 Sep 04 Sep

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