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.
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
Connect Gateway Summer Sharing
11 August 2015
Scottish Opera's Connect Gateway participants - aspiring young singers between the ages of 14 and 21 - took part in a week-long summer residency last week ahead of an informal sharing for family and friends last Saturday (8 August).
The Connect Gateway residency is a training week for young singers auditioning to become members of the Connect Chorus. Led by Laura Baxter, Connect Head of Singing, the jam-packed week of voice and movement workshops allowed the 17 participants to learn about opera as an art form and what it takes to put together a production.
The singers were treated to three specialist workshops - vocal health sessions with Christopher Breckenridge, a design workshop with Ali Maclaurin, and even a stage combat class with professional fight director Raymond Short (Il trovatore 2015). They also worked with directors Martin O’Connor and Emily Reutlinger on extracts from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari which composer Karen MacIver is writing specially for a Connect performance in Spring 2016.
See photos from the Connect Gateway here.
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!’
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.