Theatre Royal wins GIA Award

23 November 2015

The Theatre Royal Glasgow’s striking new foyers have won a Leisure/Arts award at the GIA (Glasgow Institute of Architects) Design Awards 2015.


The GIA Design Awards were presented on Friday 20 November in Oran Mor as part of the GIA Annual Members Dinner.


Earlier in the year, the Theatre Royal Glasgow also won the Cultural Building of the Year Award at the RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) Awards and Best Leisure/Culture Building at the Scottish Design Awards.


Scottish Opera worked closely with Page / Park Architects to transform the theatre, our performance home, with a stunning new foyer building which opened to the public on 16 December 2014.


For more information on the recently transformed Theatre Royal, click here.


Scottish Opera Welcomes New Emerging Artists

20 November 2015

Director Jack Furness, répétiteur Philip Voldman and costume trainee Sophie Prior join Scottish Opera as Emerging Artists during our 15/16 season.


The trio will join our Emerging Artist singers Ben McAteer, Jennifer France and Emma Kerr, who have just returned from Scottish Opera’s 19 venue tour of Cosi fan tutte, as well as our Emerging Artist composer Lliam Paterson.


Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists programme nurtures outstanding young artists by offering a period of full-time work with the Company to help them develop their talents and launch their careers.


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


Operalia prize winner steps in!

9 October 2015
Ioan Hotea, winner of Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia 2015 competition, will join Music Director Stuart Stratford and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera next week for the first in a series of Sunday afternoon concerts.

Unfortunately, due to medical reasons, tenor Barry Banks has had to withdraw from this concert at very short notice. Following an international search, we’re thrilled that Ioan Hotea has been able to step in to ensure this concert showcasing the power and passion of the Italian operatic masters can still go ahead.


The programme for the concert remains largely unchanged, though ‘Asile héréditaire’ from Rossini’s Guillaume Tell will be replaced by ‘Ecco ridente il cielo’ from Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Mascagni’s ‘O amore, o bella luce del core’ will be replaced by his beautiful, soaring Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, famously featured in soundtracks for The Godfather Trilogy and Scorsese’s Raging Bull.


Find out more about The Sunday Series.


Scottish Opera opens Doors

18 September 2015

Scottish Opera HQ and the Theatre Royal Glasgow will be welcoming visitors this Saturday as part of Doors Open Day 2015.


Scottish Opera’s administrative home on Elmbank Crescent is the former headquarters of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, and houses stunning leaded glass windows by Stephen Adam. A few members of Scottish Opera staff will be there on the day to meet and greet anyone who’d like a peek inside.


Our performance home, the Theatre Royal Glasgow, has been recently transformed with striking new foyer spaces as well as a roof terrace with panoramic views of Glasgow city centre. Tours of the building are on offer, including exclusive access to backstage areas. There are also new heritage displays and interactive touch screens to enjoy!


Jenufa nominated for Award

17 September 2015

Scottish Opera has been nominated for a UK Theatre Award in the Achievement in Opera category for our new production of Jenufa earlier this year, which was directed by Annilese Miskimmon and conducted by Music Director Stuart Stratford.


The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour outstanding achievement in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The 2015 Awards will be presented on Sunday 18 October at the Guildhall in London.


Julian Bird, Chief Executive of UK Theatre, said: 'This year’s nominations recognise the vibrant, diverse and world leading theatre sector that exists here in the UK, across a broad range of venues, creative teams and performances.'


Scottish Opera Presents The Sunday Series

2 September 2015

Our new Music Director Stuart Stratford has curated, and will conduct and host, a new programme of Sunday afternoon concerts – The Sunday Series.


Born of the popular Sunday afternoon concert series at St Andrews in the Square, The Sunday Series will be housed in a new ‘acoustic shell’ specially designed for the recently transformed Theatre Royal Glasgow and built in Scottish Opera’s own carpentry workshop.


The programme sees Stratford take to the stage with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera for the first time since his appointment, and spotlights high-profile British opera stars Barry Banks, Iain Paterson and Kate Royal. With an assortment of orchestral and vocal works, the exciting programme ranges from the Masters of Italian bel canto to the drama and power of Wagner and the romance of Mozart and Strauss.


Stuart Stratford said: ‘I’ve really enjoyed putting together this series of concerts and the opportunity it allows me to share with the audience some of the music I love most in opera. I’m also excited that this will be my first time conducting the wonderful Orchestra of Scottish Opera since I started as Music Director in June 2015. We’re joined by three outstanding guest singers who, alongside the orchestra, will bring the wide-ranging programme to life’.


For a more detailed overview, see the full press release here.


Stuart Stratford conducting the Orchestra of Scottish Opera 2015. Credit James Glossop.


International Stars Land in Scotland

31 August 2015

Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte, New York-born tenor Noah Stewart and British baritone Roland Wood begin rehearsals in Glasgow today for our Autumn production of Carmen!


As Carmen, Don José and the bullfighter Escamillo, they are joined by former Scottish Opera Emerging Artists Nadine Livingston, Marie Claire Breen and Andrew McTaggart. A chorus of 40, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and a 20 strong children’s chorus from all over Scotland help bring this sizzling tale to life.


To book tickets or find out more click here.


Rehearsals Begin for National Tour of Così fan tutte

24 August 2015

The cast and creative team of Scottish Opera's glamorous new production of Così fan tutte arrive today to begin rehearsals!


Scottish Opera Emerging Artists past and present join forces for this year’s tour as former Emerging Artist Lissa Lorenzo directs the talented young cast which includes former Emerging Artist Rosalind Coad (Jenufa 2015), as well as three of this year’s Emerging Artists, Emma Kerr, Jennifer France, and Ben McAteer.


Kicking off in Stirling on September 24, the team of cast and crew then travel to 19 venues across the highlands, islands and lowlands with the costumes, set, lighting equipment, props and piano in tow.


To book tickets or find out more click here.


Hop Aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore

21 August 2015

Scottish Opera's concert performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore takes place in the Usher Hall in Edinburgh this Sunday.


As part of the Edinburgh International Festival, this witty, fun-filled tale offers the perfect Sunday afternoon entertainment. Renowned British tenors John Mark Ainsley and Toby Spence take on the roles of Admiral Porter and Ralph, with Andrew Foster-Williams as Captain Corcoran. Comedy legend Tim Brooke-Taylor joins the knock-out cast as Narrator, with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera bringing the lively tunes to life under the baton of conductor Richard Egarr.


To book tickets or find out more click here.


Andy Fraser

19 August 2015
We were saddened to hear of the death on 14 August 2015 of chorister Andy Fraser

Andy first performed with Scottish Opera in 2006, appearing in both Don Giovanni and Carmen. He has worked regularly with the Company over the past 9 years, most notably as the wonderfully bumbling Porter in our 2014 Don Pasquale.

Our condolences go to his wife, two daughters, family and friends.

Don Pasquale, 2014: Andy Fraser as Porter alongside Steven Faughey as Cook