Connect Orchestra Prepares to Share

17 July 2015

Scottish Opera’s Connect Orchestra of aspiring musicians aged between 14 and 21 took part in a week-long residency this week ahead of their Summer Showcase.


This Sunday, the orchestra conducted by Chris Gray will perform Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and Prokofiev’s children’s tale Peter and the Wolf, alongside narrator Allan Dunn (Pop-up Opera Roadshow 2015). Former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Marie Claire Breen provides the stunning vocals for Beethoven’s dramatic ‘Ah perfido!’


Find out more here.


Theatre Royal Wins RIAS Award

18 June 2015

Scottish Opera's recently transformed performance home, Theatre Royal Glasgow, has won Cultural Building of the Year at the RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) Awards 2015.


From 65 submissions across Scotland and a shortlist of 24, 12 winners were announced last night at an awards ceremony in The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh.


The judging panel of industry specialists praised Page\Park Architects’ innovative design of the building: ‘Creating a welcoming entrance foyer and embracing a dramatic, sinuous stair, this new structure boldly signposts Scottish Opera’s HQ. “Street to seat” was the ethos, with the client wanting to literally “open up” theatre and opera as art forms. By providing a welcoming entrance, addressing the street corner, the theatre experience has been “democratised”.’


All the RIAS Award-winning buildings - including a nursery, a distillery and a cancer care centre - will now go forward to be considered for Britain’s richest architectural prize, the £25,000 Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, to be announced in November.


RIAS was founded almost 100 years ago in 1916, and the awards, though only in their fourth year, have already become the most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland.


Theatre Royal Wins Scottish Design Award

22 May 2015

The Theatre Royal Glasgow's stunning new foyers have won Best Leisure/Culture Building at the Scottish Design Awards 2015.


Organised by The Drum magazine, the Scottish Design Awards are now in their 18th year and are Scotland’s most prestigious awards for architecture firms and design agencies. The awards aim to recognise creativity within Scotland’s design industry, with the judging panel of specialists looking for innovative pieces of work and concepts that stand out from the crowd.


The awards ceremony took place on 21 May in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. Lynn Lester, Managing Director of Drum Events said ‘It was an incredible night for the industry and all those involved should be proud of what they have brought to design in Scotland’.


Scottish Opera Announces 2015/16 Season

20 May 2015

Our new season is packed full of colourful characters and exhilarating music. With tragedy, comedy and everything in between, there is something for everyone. We welcome back a host of talented cast and creatives from recent years alongside some exciting new faces.


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


Carmen – Director Benjamin Davis revives Bizet’s immensely popular opera with a terrific cast including Justina Gringyte (winner of ‘Best Young Singer’ at the International Opera Awards 2015) and rising star Noah Stewart.

Ariodante – Director-designer duo Harry Fehr and Yannis Thavoris return to Scottish Opera with a new production following their success with Handel’s Orlando (2011).

Rusalka – Director Antony McDonald brings Dvorak’s fairy-tale to life with the first production to be conducted by Stuart Stratford as Scottish Opera’s new Music Director.

The Mikado – Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular comic opera features some of the talented cast from The Pirates of Penzance (2013)

The Devil Inside – A thrilling world premiere by Louise Welsh (novelist) and Stuart MacRae (composer) as they continue their dynamic creative partnership which started with Five:15 Operas Made in Scotland.

Così fan tutte – Former Emerging Artist Lissa Lorenzo directs a new production which will roam to 19 smaller venues in the far flung corners of Scotland.

HMS Pinafore – Scottish Opera returns to the Edinburgh International Festival with a witty, fun-filled Gilbert and Sullivan concert performance.

• The season also includes: Opera Highlights, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera in concert, KidO, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, The Pop-up Opera Roadshow, Opera Unwrapped and more.


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


Costume Department opens doors for Cloth Sale

4 June 2015

Textile enthusiasts were able to grab themselves a bargain this week, as our Costume Department opened its doors to sell off surplus cloth - remnants from previous Scottish Opera productions - at discount prices!


There was a whole range of fabric on offer, from satins, silks and sequins to cottons, velvets and gold lamés.





Soprano Rosalind Coad Wins the John Scott Award

18 May 2015

The award of £2,000 was set up by the late John Scott - an avid supporter of Scottish Opera - to help talented young artists advance their careers.


A first-class graduate of the Royal College of Music and Scottish Opera Emerging Artist 2014-15, Rosalind recently sang the role of Karolka in Scottish Opera’s production of Jenůfa, conducted by Scottish Opera’s new Music Director Stuart Stratford.


Previous winners of the John Scott Award include Paul Curievici, Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson, Teuta Koço, Patrick Ashcroft and Kate Valentine.


Theatre Royal in running for Architectural Awards

6 May 2015

Theatre Royal Glasgow’s impressive new foyers have been nominated for three national architecture awards by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and Architects’ Journal (AJ).


The RIAS Building of the Year award is the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland. Theatre Royal Glasgow is shortlisted alongside 23 other Scottish Buildings.

The AJ120 Building of the Year award is given in recognition of the finest building that has been completed by an AJ120-listed practice in 2014. Theatre Royal Glasgow has been named as one of 12 projects in the frame for the award.


Scottish Opera also features on a shortlist of 9 for this year’s coveted AJ120 Client of the Year award.


Scottish Opera worked closely with Page/Park Architects to transform the theatre, our performance home, with a fabulous new foyer building that makes a landmark of the previously unremarkable facade of the theatre. The welcoming foyer is instantly recognisable by the striking gold and glass exterior and the unique, winding Sackler Staircase, built in Scottish Opera’s own carpentry workshops. The foyers feature a new box office, a café and a roof terrace with panoramic views of Glasgow’s urban landscape. There are also purpose-built education rooms, a heritage exhibition area with interactive touchscreens and lifts providing access to all levels.


The AJ120 award winners will be announced on 3 June at an event at the Tower of London and the RIAS award winners will be announced on 17 June at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh.


Credit Luigi di Pasquale


Scottish Opera Welcomes Stuart Stratford as Music Director


21 April 2015


After an international search, British conductor Stuart Stratford is to join Scottish Opera as Music Director.


Stuart impressed audiences and critics during his recent engagement with Scottish Opera, conducting Janáček’s dramatic masterpiece Jenůfa (2015).


This is Stuart’s first role as Music Director of a major company and, in joining Scottish Opera, he will build on a wealth of professional experience conducting in the UK and internationally, with opera at the core of his activities. In the UK, Stuart has conducted for companies including English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Opera Company and conducts regularly at Opera Holland Park. He has conducted most of the UK’s major orchestras and has a particularly strong association with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia. Abroad he has recently conducted operas at Finnish National Opera and in St. Gallen, Switzerland and concerts in Portugal and Russia.


He will officially join the Company on 1 June, and his first performances as Music Director will be announced at the launch of our 2015/16 Season in May.


General Director of Scottish Opera, Alex Reedijk said:


‘I have been aware of Stuart’s work for a number of years, always admiring the quality of his performances. As I’ve got to know him better, he’s proven to be a wonderful musician and a very generous artist who really understands opera and carefully crafts every stage of the preparations for an opera performance, making singers, players and the creative team feel safe as he guides, challenges and shapes the artistic and musical outcomes.’


Music Director Stuart Stratford said:


‘I am honoured and proud to have been appointed Music Director at Scottish Opera. My time here on Jenůfa has shown me what a vibrant company Scottish Opera is. I look forward to working with the fantastic team to provide artistic and musical

leadership in the coming years.’


Stuart Stratford. Scottish Opera 2015. Credit James Glossop.


Scottish Opera production in demand in Spain

20 April 2015
A Scottish Opera production is set to wow Spanish audiences as La traviata opens tonight at the Teatro Real, Madrid.

Originally directed by Sir David McVicar and designed by Tanya McCallin, the set and costumes were all made in Glasgow by the talented team at Scottish Opera’s very own production studios.

Between October 2008 and February 2009, our co-production of La traviata with Welsh National Opera toured throughout Scotland before heading to Belfast for the final two performances. Now, the production has travelled even further afield to Spain’s capital city.


Five stars for Jenůfa

13 April 2015
'This is a show not to miss' - that's what The Herald thought of our five star Jenůfa, which opened in Glasgow on 7 April and tours to Edinburgh on 16 and 18 April.


The show has been a massive hit with audiences and critics alike with The Guardian calling it 'intelligent and sensitive' and The Stage describing it as 'a major success'. 


Kathryn Harries as Kostelnička and Anne-Marie Owens as Grandmother


Listen to Stuart Stratford discuss Janáček's score. See the production images, watch an interview with soprano Lee Bisset and read the reviews. 


Lee Bisset as Jenůfa


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Kathryn Harries as Kostelnička and Sam Furness as Števa