Emerging Artists' Winter Recital

30 November 2016

Scottish Opera 2016/17 Emerging Artist vocalists Hazel McBain, Emma Kerr and Elgan Llyr Thomas perform at Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this Friday (2 December), at 1pm.


The Emerging Artists’ Winter Recital at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland happens annually and showcases the talents of the singers on the programme. This year’s trio of vocalists includes mezzo-soprano Emma Kerr, tenor Elgan Llyr Thomas and recent RCS graduate, soprano Hazel McBain.


The three singers will perform a programme of German Lieder and duets by Schumann, Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss, as well as songs by Ravel and Welsh composer Meirion Williams.


Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, Derek Clark, and Head of Opera at the RCS, Timothy Dean, will provide piano accompaniment.


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


Philip Glass receives Glenn Gould prize

23 November 2016

Iconic American composer Philip Glass will be awarded The Eleventh Glenn Gould Prize in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the arts this Saturday (26 November).


Glass will receive the prize at an exclusive concert in his honour in Ottawa, Canada. Presented by the Glenn Gould Foundation and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Genius of Philip Glass will feature music spanning Glass’s career.


Scottish Opera presents the hugely anticipated Scottish Premiere of Philip Glass’s The Trial in January.


Based on Kafka’s nightmarish tale of a man viciously persecuted for an unknown crime, Glass joined forces with Academy Award-winning playwright Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons 1988), to bring Kafka’s notoriously absurd humour to the stage.


For more information on The Trial, click here.


Emerging Artists Recital

16 November 2016

Scottish Opera 2016/17 Emerging Artist singers Hazel McBain, Emma Kerr and Elgan Llyr Thomas will give a free performance at the University of Glasgow Concert Hall this Thursday (17 November) at 1.10pm.


Accompanied by Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artist répétiteur Maria Struckova, the three young singers will take to the stage to deliver a programme of operatic highlights, including popular arias and duets, as well as some lesser-known works, with Emerging Artist Jim Manganello directing.


There will also be a second Emerging Artist recital on Friday 2 December, at 1pm, in Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The three singers will perform a programme of German Lieder and duets by Schumann, Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss, as well as songs by Ravel and Welsh composer Meirion Williams. Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, Derek Clark, and Timothy Dean, Head of Opera at the RCS, will provide piano accompaniment.


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


La bohème Children’s Roles

3 November 2016
Scottish Opera is looking for 14 children aged between 8 and 12 years old to appear in a new production of Puccini’s La bohème next May/June.


The production requires 14 young people who are confident singers and performers, ideally with the ability to read music.


Applicants must be available for all rehearsals and performances. Production rehearsals commence on Tuesday 11 April 2017 with performances between Tuesday 9 May and Saturday 17 June 2017 inclusive. Prior to the start of production rehearsals the children will be required to attend one early evening session per week, beginning Wednesday 8 March 2017. All rehearsals will take place in Glasgow and the production will tour to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.


The deadline for applications is Monday 21 November, and auditions will be held on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 November at Scottish Opera's Production Studios, 40 Edington Street, Glasgow, G9 4RD.


All applicants will attend a group workshop session and a separate short solo audition where each child will be invited to sing a pre-prepared song of their choice. A pianist will be provided but children may bring their own accompanist if they prefer.


For more information, click here.


Theatre Royal Glasgow Doors Open Day

13 October 2016

Theatre Royal Glasgow opens its doors this Saturday (15 October) with free tours throughout the day.


Running every 20 minutes from 10am to 2.20pm, the tours offer exclusive backstage access including the chance to step on to the set of Scottish Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro and check out the musicians’ view from the orchestra pit.


There will be Scottish Opera wigs and costumes available to try on, as well as Scottish Ballet props displays and interactive touch screens.


With refreshments available and activities for children and adults including face painting, raffles and games, it is sure to be a fun day for all.


Maggie’s Culture Crawl Glasgow 2016

7 October 2016

Theatre Royal Glasgow is one of eight stops on Maggie’s Culture Crawl, a 10 mile night-walk around Glasgow, taking place tonight.


The event, which aims to raise money and awareness for Maggie’s Cancer Centres, also offers exclusive access to cultural buildings around the city, the opportunity to see talented performers and a chance to rest and have some nibbles and refreshments along the way.


Theatre Royal Glasgow, Scottish Opera’s performance home, opens its doors for participants to explore the recently renovated building, which has a roof terrace with panoramic views of Glasgow’s urban landscape and a heritage exhibition area with interactive touchscreens. There will also be performances by former Scottish Opera Emerging Artists Andrew McTaggart and Sarah Power.


Starting at the Riverside Museum, the route includes a visit to BBC Scotland and the Gallery of Modern Art, before finishing at Maggie’s Glasgow.


Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.


Big Music for Minis

28 September 2016

Scottish Opera presents A Little Bit of Northern Light at the Big Music for Minis festival this weekend.


The festival offers a full weekend of concerts, workshops and creative events for babies, toddlers and children in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.


With multiple performances on both Saturday and Sunday (1 and 2 October), A Little Bit of Northern Light is a story for children and families of one lonely lighthouse standing firm against the storms of the North Atlantic tide. Set in the not too distant future, it is an atmospheric tale of Scotland’s past, present and future, told from the perspective of the seas that surround us and the ships that sail in them.


With music by Marion Christie and words by Jane Davidson, this fun show for 4-9 year olds is brought to life by a storyteller, a singer, three musicians and a series of bright and colourful illustrations by Iain Piercy.


The Devil Inside Nominated for UK Theatre Award

15 September 2016

Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales’s The Devil Inside is nominated in the Achievement in Opera category at the UK Theatre Awards 2016.


The new full-length opera, created by critically acclaimed novelist Louise Welsh and renowned composer Stuart MacRae, had its world premiere in Scotland in January before touring the UK and to Toronto, Canada.


Co-commissioned and co-produced by Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales, The Devil Inside continued the creative partnership of Welsh and MacRae, which began with the 15-minute opera Remembrance Day (2009), as part of Scottish Opera’s Five: 15 Operas Made in Scotland project. Their second collaboration for Scottish Opera was the South Bank Sky Arts Award-winning and Olivier Award nominated Ghost Patrol (2012).


In the Achievement in Opera category, The Devil Inside is up against The Royal Opera and Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s 4.48 Psychosis and Welsh National Opera’s Figaro Gets a Divorce and In Parenthesis.


The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour outstanding achievement in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The 2016 Awards will be presented on Sunday 9 October at Guildhall, London.


Community Choir Autumn Rehearsals Begin

14 September 2016
Scottish Opera’s Community Choir begins its Autumn rehearsals this evening (Wednesday 14 September) in the Education Rooms at Theatre Royal Glasgow from 7.30-9.00pm.


With a mixed repertoire including opera, classical, gospel, popular, folk and world music, the Community Choir is free to join, open to adults of all ages and no experience is necessary.


Katy Lavinia Cooper takes over from Frances Morrison-Allen as Choir Leader. Frances led the choir since its inception in 2012, but has decided to pass the baton on due to other work commitments. Formerly Education Manager for Outreach at Scottish Opera, Katy is currently Director of Chapel Music at Glasgow University and also conducts the Choral Society and Glasgow Madrigirls among other choirs.


During her time at Scottish Opera, Katy composed the music for KidO, an interactive show for 3-4 year olds which built on the success of BabyO and SensoryO, Scottish Opera’s much-loved productions for babies and toddlers.


The Community Choir Autumn rehearsals will culminate with an informal sharing for friends and family in the Rankine Hall at Scottish Opera’s Elmbank Crescent offices on Wednesday 30 November at 8pm.


For more information, click here.


UK’s First Dementia Friendly Opera Performance

31 August 2016

Scottish Opera and Festival Theatre Edinburgh present the UK’s first Dementia Friendly opera performance at the Festival Theatre on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 3pm.


Scottish Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro runs at Festival Theatre Edinburgh from Wednesday 9 to Saturday 19 November 2016. As a part of this run, the dementia friendly performance is a specially abridged version of Mozart’s classic, with a running time of 1 hour 45 minutes including an interval. Carefully designed to make the theatrical experience more accessible to those living with dementia, sound and lighting levels are adjusted and the wonderful cast is joined onstage by a narrator.


In the dementia friendly performance, the role of Figaro is performed by former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Andrew McTaggart, who is joined by Lucy Hall as Susanna, Pauls Putnins as Count Almaviva, Marie McLaughlin as Marcellina and Emma Kerr, a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist, as Cherubino. The narrator is Allan Dunn, and Timothy Burke conducts.


This landmark event builds on Scottish Opera’s existing work with those living with dementia. Since 2010, the Company’s Education and Outreach Department has run the Memory Spinners programme in Glasgow, which uses music, storytelling, movement and the visual arts to help people with dementia and their carers relax and get creative. The successful programme will extend to Edinburgh this Autumn with workshops and performances at the Festival Theatre.


For more information, see the full press release here.