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Puccini Collection 2021Scottish Opera

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A Celebration of the Work of Puccini. 120 minutes. Ticket prices £10 - £27.

This is a one-off concert to take advantage of the audience capacity and generous acoustic of Dundee's Caird Hall. Scottish Opera's return to this superb venue, after 25 years, is long overdue.  

Featuring excerpts from well-known and well-loved works including Tosca ‘(‘Vissi d’arte’), Turandot (‘Nessun Dorma’) and La bohème, as well as rarer gems from La Fanciulla del WestManon Lescaut, and Edgar, there is plenty for newcomers and aficionados alike.

Scottish Opera Music Director, Stuart Stratford said: ‘There is a reason why Puccini is one of the greatest opera composers - sumptuous harmony supporting memorable melodic lines, all steeped in the character and situation of the most moving stories. The Puccini Collection contains some of the most breathtaking spans of operatic writing in the repertoire - not to be missed.'

Soloists Roland Wood (Falstaff 2021), Sinéad Campbell-Wallace (Tosca 2019), David Junghoon Kim (making his Company debut), and Scottish Opera Emerging Artist 2021/22 Catriona Hewitson (Così fan tutte 2021) will be accompanied on stage by the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

 

Scottish Opera's Previous Dundee Concerts

Scottish Opera has never given a performance of a complete opera in concert in the Caird Hall, which would seem surprising, but for the fact that such concerts have only been given regularly even in Glasgow and Edinburgh during the past twenty years.

The company has made three appearances in the Caird Hall since its foundation in 1962.  The first of these, in 1985, was a memorable gala in which Sir Alexander Gibson conducted the orchestra and chorus with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as guest.

A few years later, in 1992, the company's young conductor Robert Dean led an evening of scenes and arias with Dennis O'Neill and Jane Eaglen, in which she gave a hint that she would soon sing Norma with the company.

The last such evening, in 1996, was a programme of scenes called The Scottish Opera Collection.  Sir Richard Armstrong conducted a team of singers including Susan McCulloch, Lisa Milne,  Elizabeth McCormack, Peter Bronder and Stephen Gadd.  They performed extended extracts from works such as ToscaDer Rosenkavalier and The Merry Widow.

 

Scottish Opera's Orchestra in Dundee

The Orchestra of Scottish Opera has performed there regularly for many years with Dundee Choral Union.  These engagements even preceded the appointment of the Union's current musical director, Derek Clark, Scottish Opera's Head of Music.

With this choir the orchestra has been able to perform many of the most important choral masterpieces by Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Verdi, Brahms, Elgar, Parry, Fauré, Vaughan Williams and others.  On Sunday 21 November 2021 the Orchestra will be joining Dundee Choral Union and the St Andrews Chorus in a performance of the Verdi Requiem.  The familiar soloists are Catriona Clark,  Katie Grossett,  Elgan Llýr Thomas and Jonathan May.

 

Staged Opera at the Caird Hall

Since the beginning of the century the hall has been the location for a number of fully-staged performances during the many Scottish tours by the Ellen Kent organisation, using artists from Moldova and the Ukraine.  Works performed have included (most of them several times) - Verdi (Nabucco, Rigoletto, La traviata,  Aïda);  Bizet (Carmen);  Leoncavallo (Pagliacci);  Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana) and  Puccini (La bohème,  Tosca,  Madama ButterflyTurandot).

Performance DatesPuccini Collection 2021

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Caird Hall | Dundee

12 Dec, 19.30

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