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Scottish Opera's New Season 2024-25

Scottish Opera promise one world premiere, five new productions and one major revival.  They begin with a new staging of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex at the Edinburgh International Festival. The other new productions include long overdue second looks at Albert Herring and The Makropulos Affair.  There are also two operettas, The Merry Widow and Trial by Jury.  The latter starts a double bill with the new comic work, A Matter of Misconduct! - music by Toby Hession and text by Emma Jenkins.  There...

Posted 5 Jul 2024 | Comments

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Programme 2024

Edinburgh International Festival 2024

Last year, Festival director Nicola Benedetti acknowledged that opera was slightly neglected - the inevitable consequence of the lead-in time required for making arrangements.  As promised, her second Festival is much better endowed operatically.  There are three fully-staged operas, and two more given in concert form.

Bizet's Carmen will be brought from the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where it was premiered in 1875.  The Komische Oper have almost become regular visitors from Berlin, and this...

Posted 9 Apr 2024 | Comments

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The French Collection

The latest in Scottish Opera's series of 'Collection' concerts opened in Dundee, at the Caird Hall, on Friday, 1 March.  Glasgow sees it on the following Sunday.  The main items are extended scenes from Werther and Faust, with  a vocal extract from The Pearl Fishers.  There are also orchestral showpieces by Chabrier and Saint-Saëns.

Stuart Stratford conducts the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, with four singers - Alexandra Lowe (soprano), Catriona Morison (mezzo),  Alok Kumar (tenor) and Roland...

Posted 2 Mar 2024 | Comments

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Marx in London!

Marx in London!

Scottish Opera has had an excellent record in recent years for the production of interesting and enjoyable new works.  Tuesday 13th sees the latest one make its British debut at Glasgow Theatre Royal.

An opera showing the philosopher Karl Marx and his family being rescued from penury by his wealthy industrialist sidekick Friedrich Engels might be expected to be even more serious than most new pieces.  Not so!  Not only is this work a comedy, but it has elemnts of farce, involving a chaotic...

Posted 11 Feb 2024 | 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.

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...

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Map List

Carmen 1977

Edinburgh Festival Opera

25 Aug 28 Aug 31 Aug 03 Sep 07 Sep 10 Sep

Mary, Queen of Scots 1977

Scottish Opera

06 Sep 08 Sep 22 Sep

Mikado 1977

D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

19 Sep

Iolanthe 1977

D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

20 Sep

Gondoliers 1977

D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

21 Sep 21 Sep

Patience 1977

D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

22 Sep

Pirates of Penzance 1977

D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

23 Sep

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