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Five:15 2009Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's 2008-09 season was unusual, in that it did not feature any revivals. What is more, the level of presentation, musical and dramatic, was also of a consistently high standard.

Perhaps the one slight disappointment was the Edinburgh Festival offering, a rare staging of Smetana's charming domestic comedy The Two Widows. This was the company's second production of the piece. It was joined by two popular classics, La traviata and Così fan tutte, both directed in memorably intelligent fashion by David McVicar. The rarities were by Cimarosa (The Secret Marriage) and Massenet (Manon). Bellini's I puritani was given in a single concert performance. These were all company premieres. The small-scale tour was, unusually, an operetta, The Merry Widow.

After the great success of the previous year's opener, the company also put on a second group of new, experimental 15-minute chamber dramas in the 5:15 series. Details are given under the original titles - The Lightning-Rod Man; Happy Story; White; Death of a Scientist and Remembrance Day.

Another welcome rarity was the next collaboration with the RSAMD - a large student cast assisted by Scottish Opera's musicians and technical staff, in a hugely enjoyable version of Prokofiev's Love For Three Oranges.

Performance DatesFive:15 2009

Map List

Òran Mór | Glasgow

20 Feb, 19.30 21 Feb, 15.30 21 Feb, 19.30 22 Feb, 19.30

Hub, The | Edinburgh

6 Mar, 19.30 7 Mar, 15.00 7 Mar, 19.30 8 Mar, 19.30

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