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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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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 On27 Apr - 27 May

Map List

Nozze di Figaro 2010

Aberdeen University Opera Society

27 Apr 28 Apr 29 Apr

Kátya Kabanová 2010

Scottish Opera-Go-Round

27 Apr 28 Apr 04 May 05 May

Bohème 2010

Scottish Opera

29 Apr 01 May 06 May 08 May

Baby O 2010

Scottish Opera

30 Apr 30 Apr 30 Apr 01 May 01 May 01 May 07 May 07 May 07 May 08 May 08 May 08 May 09 May 09 May 09 May

Bohème Unwrapped 2010

Scottish Opera

30 Apr 07 May

War Requiem 2010

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

30 Apr 01 May

Armida (live cinema relay) 2010

Metropolitan Opera

01 May 01 May 01 May

Friends of Scottish Opera May 2010

Friends of Scottish Opera

02 May

Kiss Me, Kate 2010

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

14 May 15 May 15 May 21 May 22 May

Five:15 2010

Scottish Opera

15 May 16 May 16 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 25 May 26 May

Don Pasquale 2010

English Touring Opera

20 May

Nozze di Figaro 2010

English Touring Opera

21 May

Midsummer Night's Dream 2010

English Touring Opera

22 May

Tsarina's Slippers (live cinema relay) 2010

Royal Opera, Covent Garden

24 May

Sweeney Todd 2010

Dundee Rep Ensemble

25 May 26 May

Macbeth 2010

Edinburgh Grand Opera

26 May

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