Whilst we may be unable at the moment to bring our productions to the stage, audiences can now view photos, programme articles and film footage from some of our most popular shows over the years in our new ‘Spotlight on…’ feature on our website.
We have begun with our 2019 production of Anthropocene and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, staged by us in 1988.
Anthropocene, composed by Stuart MacRae with a libretto by Louise Welsh, had its world premiere at Theatre Royal Glasgow, before touring to Edinburgh and London. With the full production now available to view on Youtube and over on OperaVision until May 15, we have taken a deep dive into this chilling contemporary thriller, with videos, photos and an exclusive programme article now available online. We think it’s ideal as a primer to watching the full opera, or excellent further reading for anyone who has already seen this New Music Scotland Award-winning production.
Bernstein’s operetta Candide had its UK premiere at London’s Saville Theatre 61 years ago, and a new version was staged by us in 1988. Scottish Opera’s Music Director John Mauceri worked in collaboration with Bernstein himself, and Jonathan Miller directed. It ran for 14 performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Liverpool, before transferring to London’s Old Vic, where it won two Olivier Awards. Along with a full film recording of the Candide from King’s and Theatre Royal Glasgow by BBC Scotland, there is a treasure trove of photos, programme articles and memories of Bernstein himself on our website. We’d love to hear from anyone who was lucky enough to see this production, and share any memories.
Read more about Anthropocene and Candide on our website: www.scottishopera.org.uk/discover-opera/spotlight-on-candide/ and www.scottishopera.org.uk/discover-opera/spotlight-on-anthropocene/
Keep an eye on social media for updates on the next ‘Spotlight on…’ feature.