Director Anthony Besch’s powerful production of Puccini’s operatic thriller Tosca received no fewer than its ninth revival at Scottish Opera last Autumn. The opera was famously dubbed a ‘shabby little shocker’ by critic Joseph Kerman, partly because of the appalling actions of sadistic chief of police Baron Scarpia, sung by baritone Roland Wood in last October’s staging. We caught up with Roland, as he looks back on the pleasures of singing a villain.
Scottish Opera’s Community Choir were not going to let the Coronavirus stop them from singing, as they came together online to ensure their practice could continue.
Fresh from its European premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival last summer, we were delighted to take Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves to the Adelaide Festival earlier this month.
Scottish Opera trucks, normally used for moving sets from our shows to and from theatres, have been repurposed to help restock supermarkets during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Dear friends, with the coronavirus pandemic causing the closure of theatres, it is with the greatest regret that all performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Gondoliers, along with all other concerts, small-scale performances and events are now cancelled until further notice.