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Edinburgh Grand Opera

Edinburgh Grand Opera is the oldest surviving opera company in Scotland, making its debut with a performance of Bizet's Carmen in 1955.  The Diamond Jubilee was celebrated in 2015 as a modern and forward-looking organisation, performing a variety of lively operatic productions in major Edinburgh theatres.

One of the company's principal objectives is the identification and development of vocal talent. They can offer exciting opportunities to talented young singers emerging from Scotland's first-class undergraduate and post-graduate music colleges.  The aim is to provide them with crucial performance experience in major principal roles outside the academic environment, as well as an opportunity to work with a highly experienced team of professional musical and artisitc directors.  They also work closely with Queen Margaret University to provide placements for students of stage management and costume design.

A number of well known opera singers have been nurtured by Edinburgh Grand Opera in their youth, among them three of the company's current patrons, Ian Storey, Donald Maxwell and Frances McCafferty.

The company's website is at http://www.edinburghgrand.com. It gives details of how the public can provide support and details of upcoming events.

Edinburgh Grand Opera is a charity registered in Scotland SC003143.


Productions for which we have details are shown in bold, with links to casts at bottom of page:

1955     Bizet: Carmen.                                       1958      Meyerbeer: Huguenots.

1956      Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor.         1959      tbc.

1957*    Wallace: Maritana                              1960*     Handel: Semele.

1957**   Verdi: Nabucco.                                   1960**   Verdi: Nabucco.


1961      Weber: Freischütz.                               1966      Verdi: Nabucco.                               

1962      Donizetti: Elisir d'amore.                    1967      Concert.                            

1963      Gounod: Faust.                                 1968      Smetana: Bartered Bride.

1964      Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann.           1969      Verdi: Masked Ball.

1965      Bizet: Carmen.                                  1970      Flotow: Martha.


1971       Verdi: Macbeth.                                 1976      Verdi: Nabucco.                          

1972*     J Strauss: Fledermaus.                       1977      Bizet: Carmen.

1972**   Verdi: Macbeth                                   1978      Gounod: Faust.    

1973      Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann.             1979      J Strauss: Gypsy Baron.  

1974      Puccini: Bohème.                                 1980      Mascagni/Leoncavallo: Cav & Pag.

1975      Tchaikovsky: Rugene Onegin.


1981     Verdi: Masked Ball.                               1986     Verdi: Macbeth.

1982      Verdi: Nabucco.                                   1987      Giordano: Andrea Chénier.

1983      Puccini: Turandot.                                1988      Rossini: William Tell.

1984      Ponchielli: Gioconda.                            1989      Mascagni/Leoncavallo: Cav & Pag.

1985      Puccini: Le Villi & Messa di Gloria.           1990     Massenet: Hérodiade.


1991      Verdi: Nabucco.                                   1996      Britten: Peter Grimes.

1992      Puccini: Turandot.                                1997      Gounod: Faust.

1993      Vaughan Williams: Pilgrim's Progress.    1998      Verdi: Macbeth.

1994      Verdi: Aïda.                                         1999      Mascagni/Leoncavallo: Cav & Pag.  

1995      Bizet: Carmen.                                     2000      Borodin: Prince Igor.


2001      Bizet: Pearl Fishers.                               2006      Menotti: Saint of Bleecker Street.

2002      Tchaikovsky: Queen of Spades.              2007      Verdi: Nabucco.

2003      Puccini: Turandot.                                  2008      -.

2004      Bizet: Carmen.                                      2009       -.

2005      Verdi: Aïda.                                           2010      Verdi: Macbeth.


2011      Ricci: Prigione di Edimburgo.

2012      Bizet: Carmen.

2013*    Mozart: Don Giovanni.

2013**  Verdi: Traviata.

2014      Donizetti: Elisir d'amore.

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