HMS Pinafore Recording Now Available

20 May 2016

Scottish Opera’s live performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, recorded at last year’s Edinburgh International Festival by Linn Records, is now available.


The one-off, sold-out concert performance captured the wit and fun of Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore and featured a sterling cast. Renowned English tenors John Mark Ainsley and Toby Spence took on the roles of Admiral Porter and Ralph, with Andrew Foster-Williams singing Captain Corcoran, comedy legend Tim Brooke-Taylor narrating the seafaring romp, and Richard Egarr conducting The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.


Three Weeks said of the performance: ‘Wittily narrated by Tim Brooke Taylor, this hilarious piece was sung and acted wonderfully; although frothily accessible, the music is operatic in style and ambition. Conductor Richard Egarr created much more than a concert performance here.’


For more details or to order a copy, click here.


Children's Roles Up For Grabs in The Marriage of Figaro

16 May 2016

Scottish Opera is looking for 3 confident girls aged between 8 and 11, and between 4 and 5 feet tall, to appear in our Autumn production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.


These non-singing roles offer aspiring young performers the opportunity to take part in a much-loved production of one of Mozart’s most famous operas.


Children must be available from Monday 5 September to Saturday 19 November 2016 inclusive for all rehearsals in Glasgow and all performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness, as well as a further touring week from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 January 2017 inclusive.


The deadline for applications is Thursday 9 June. Group auditions will be held on the evenings of Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 June. Each session can accommodate a maximum of 15 children and will take the form of a short workshop.


For more information and details on how to book an audition place, click here.


Scottish Opera’s Hit Production of Don Pasquale Lands in Florida

9 May 2016

Scottish Opera’s critically acclaimed 2014 production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale opened in Florida on Saturday 7 May.


Florida Grand Opera is presenting this comedic masterpiece at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County from 7 to 14 May 2016.


The in-demand director-designer duo of Renaud Doucet and André Barbe created this production in their typical colorful and quirky style, though South Florida audiences will experience a fresh perspective with a different cast, conductor and orchestra bringing the production to life.


Scottish Opera audiences can look forward to another Doucet and Barbe creation in our 2016/17 Season, as they take on Puccini’s La bohème.


To read more about our upcoming production of La bohème, click here.


Scottish Opera Wins NAFS Emcees Award

6 May 2016

Scottish Opera takes home The Richmond Associates Award for Best Campaign over £100,000 at The National Arts Fundraising School’s Emcees Arts & Culture Awards for Excellence in Fundraising 2016.


From 200 submissions across the UK and a shortlist of five, The Company’s Building for the Future campaign scooped the award at a ceremony in London’s Science Museum on Thursday 5 May.


The Emcees judges said, ‘Scottish Opera showed some really lovely touches in exceeding the target for their capital campaign. This included Scottish Opera’s carpentry team making handmade pens for Major Donors from the same wood and leather used in theatre’.


The awards were created to recognise best practice in arts and culture fundraising and to celebrate the achievements of organisations within the UK sector over the last year.


Scottish Opera Announces 2016/17 Season

27 April 2016

In this rich and diverse 2016/17 Season, the first to be announced since Stuart Stratford formally took up post as Music Director, Scottish Opera continues to develop its strong creative relationships and partnerships, presenting seven fully staged productions and four operas in concert.


Full details are on our website, but the highlights include:


● New productions of Pelléas and Mélisande, Bluebeard’s Castle, La bohème and The Elixir of Love
Sir Thomas Allen’s hit production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro opens the Season
● World premiere of The 8th Door, a specially devised companion piece to Bluebeard’s Castle created by Vanishing Point’s Matthew Lenton and Scottish Opera’s Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson
● Scottish premieres of Philip Glass’s The Trial and Giacomo Puccini’s Le Villi
● Four operas in concert presented in The Sunday Series at Theatre Royal Glasgow, featuring early and rarely-performed works by masters of operatic writing
● Renowned director Sir David McVicar and director/designer team Renaud Doucet and André Barbe return
● Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love – in a new arrangement for orchestral quintet – tours to 17 venues around Scotland and Opera Highlights takes to 38 the total number of venues visited
● The season also includes a world premiere of The Little White Town of Never Weary; Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley and Der Jasager, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas by Scottish Opera’s Connect Company; the Pop-up Opera Roadshow; a Primary Schools Tour of The Tale o’ Tam o’ Shanter; Opera Unwrapped and much more.


For a more detailed overview of what’s coming up at Scottish Opera, see the full press release here.


Scottish Opera’s Primary Schools Tour Visits Newcastle

18 April 2016

This week, the team behind Scottish Opera’s Primary Schools Tour Warriors! The Emperor’s Incredible Army visits Newcastle.


Primary 5-7 pupils from schools all around Newcastle will be transported to ancient China in a production that tells the true story of Qin Shi Huang – the first Emperor of China, who was desperate to rule forever. Over many years, Qin Shi Huang assembled an army of 8000 soldiers, horses and chariots to watch over him in the afterlife. All 8000 were armed to the teeth, but they were all made entirely of clay.


Warriors! The Emperor’s Incredible Army is set to music by composer Alan Penman with lyrics by Ross Stenhouse. The pupils are asked to learn the songs in advance of the Scottish Opera visit. A team of arts education specialists and performers - Alan McKenzie, Lee Reynolds, Jamie Macdonald and Lucy Hutchinson - then spend a day with the children to prepare them for a performance in their school for classmates, friends and family.


Throughout the week, the Primary Schools team will visit West Jesmond Primary School, Hotspur Primary School, Cragside Primary School, Benton Park Primary School and Newburn Manor Primary School.


Theatre Royal Glasgow Hosts Doors Open Day

8 April 2016

This Saturday (9 April), the recently transformed Theatre Royal Glasgow opens its doors for visitors to explore.


With free tours throughout the day, running every 15 minutes from 10am to 2.15pm, guides will lead visitors through the building – both the original Victorian theatre and the new extension.


Exclusive backstage access will also be on offer. Visitors will get a peek backstage to see what goes on behind the scenes, see the set of Scottish Opera’s Rusalka from the wings, visit a dressing room, get an exclusive look at wigs and costumes, and check out the musicians’ view from the orchestra pit.


In the spacious new foyers, containing Scottish Ballet’s props display, there will also be some music from Scottish Opera’s Community Choir.


To book a place on a tour, please call 0844 871 7647.


Stuart Stratford Conducts First Scottish Opera Production As Music Director

5 April 2016

Dvořák’s Rusalka opens at the Theatre Royal Glasgow tonight – the first production to be conducted by Stuart Stratford since he joined the Company as Music Director.


Stratford collaborates with director Antony McDonald and a sterling cast including soprano Anne Sophie Duprels (Madama Butterfly 2014), internationally renowned bass-baritone Sir Willard White and tenor Peter Wedd (Inés de Castro and Jenůfa 2015) to bring this thrilling fairytale to life.


Stuart Stratford said, ‘I am so looking forward to conducting Rusalka as my first Scottish Opera production since becoming Music Director last June. It’s a wonderful piece from the beginning of the 20th century with rich, stunning melodies. The production itself is brilliant; Antony McDonald is second to none in creating colourful, visually spectacular worlds.’


Stuart Stratford and Anne Sophie Duprels have worked together before, most notably on Opera Holland Park’s production of Il trittico (2015), a trio of one-act operas by Puccini, which has recently been nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the Opera and Music Theatre category.


For more information on Rusalka, click here.


Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artist Composer Presents World Premiere at Aye Write Festival

18 March 2016

Scottish Opera's Emerging Artist Composer in Residence, Lliam Paterson, presents two brand-new pieces of work at the Aye Write festival on Sunday 20 March at 7.30pm.


Both pieces are inspired by Glasgow poet Edwin Morgan. The dramatic song cycle ‘Spirit of the Place’ takes the listener on a journey through memories of Glasgow, while a new piano work is inspired by Morgan’s epic poem ‘The New Divan’, a response to his service in the Mediterranean during the Second World War. Between each piano piece, Flora Munro will read a short fragment of text from Morgan's poem.


Lliam will be joined by former Scottish Opera Emerging Artists, soprano Marie Claire Breen and mezzo-soprano Laura Margaret Smith, for this exciting world premiere.


This performance is kindly supported by The Edwin Morgan Trust.


For more information on our Emerging Artists programme, click here.


Scottish Opera Makes North American Debut

10 March 2016

Today marks the North American premiere of The Devil Inside, a brand new full-length opera, created by critically acclaimed novelist Louise Welsh and renowned composer Stuart MacRae.


Following a hugely successful run in the UK, The Devil Inside tours to Toronto, Canada, where it will be presented by Tapestry Opera at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre on 10, 12 and 13 March. This is the first time Scottish Opera has ever appeared in North America.


The Devil Inside is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s short story The Bottle Imp, a sordid tale about a magical bottle with the power to grant your heart’s desires, But, of course, there’s a catch; it can only be sold for less than it was bought for, and whoever is left with it when they die will be cast into hell for all eternity.


The visit to Canada is supported by the Scottish Government International Touring Fund.


For more information on The Devil Inside, click here.