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Seven Deadly Sins 2011Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's 2011-12 season was its fiftieth, with celebrations in order, though the tone was muted. There was a sense of relief that the company had survived recent turmoils, and the level of activity was much reduced. The full-scale productions began in the autumn with a revival of Thomas Allen's Barber of Seville staging. In the New Year there were new productions of Hansel and Gretel and The Rake's Progress, along with a welcome revival of the vintage Tosca production. In the absence of any invitation to play the main festival in 2011, the first item in the season was a staging on the Edinburgh Fringe of Weill's Seven Deadly Sins. This was followed by a third co-operation with Music Theatre Wales at the Traverse - the highly dramatic Greek. The autumn repertoire also had a medium scale tour of Orpheus in the Underworld. In January the Russian co-productions with the Conservatoire continued, with Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery. There was also the expected Highlands and Islands concert party under the Opera Highlights label. In June, the company's 50th anniversary was celebrated with a single concert performance, well-cast, of those old stalwarts from days of yore, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.

Even in concert, as in 1982 when it was conducted by Simon Rattle, The Seven Deadly Sins comes over as a powerfully entertaining work. In its proper form, as a sung ballet, it gains an extra dimension, with the use of newsreels from the 1930s adding to the atmosphere.

Performance DatesSeven Deadly Sins 2011

Map List

HMV Picture House | Edinburgh

29 Aug, 21.00 3 Sep, 19.00 3 Sep, 21.00

O2ABC, Glasgow | Glasgow

31 Aug, 21.00 1 Sep, 21.00

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