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The Sunday Series: Opera in Concert Opens with Mascagni's L'amico Fritz

Throughout the 2016/17 Season, Scottish Opera presents four operas in concert as part of The Sunday Series at Theatre Royal Glasgow, beginning with Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz on 23 October 2016 at 3pm.

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Scottish Opera's New Season Opens with The Marriage of Figaro

Scottish Opera’s hit production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, directed by the great British baritone Sir Thomas Allen, opens the Company’s 16/17 season in October at Theatre Royal Glasgow.

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Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford Takes to the Road for The Elixir of Love National Tour

Tickets are now on sale for Scottish Opera’s new production of The Elixir of Love, Donizetti’s sunny comedy which tours to 17 venues around the country from September. The Company’s Music Director, Stuart Stratford – who attracted rave reviews for his work on Rusalka and Opera Holland Park’s Iris earlier this year – conducts the first six performances of this lively opera. Derek Clark, Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, takes over on the remaining dates.

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Scottish Opera Kicks Off Second Tour Of The Pop-up Opera Roadshow 

Following last year’s success, Scottish Opera’s Pop-up Opera Roadshow embarks on a second tour of Scotland this Summer, with three fun-filled 25-minute shows for audiences of all ages: A Little Bit of Figaro, A Little Bit of Mikado and A Little Bit of Northern Light.

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Scottish Opera Announces 2016/17 Season

In this rich and diverse 2016/17 Season, the first to be announced since Stuart Stratford formally took up post as Music Director, Scottish Opera continues to develop its strong creative relationships and partnerships, presenting seven fully staged productions and four operas in concert.

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Acclaimed Lyric Soprano Kate Royal Performs In The Sunday Series At Theatre Royal Glasgow

The Orchestra of Scottish Opera is joined by British soprano Kate Royal to perform some of Mozart’s most beautiful operatic arias and sublime Lieder by Richard Strauss at Theatre Royal Glasgow, on Sunday 15 May at 4pm.

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Scottish Opera Presents Interactive Musical Adventure Based On Jessie M. King's Novel The Little White Town Of Never Weary 

Based on the illustrated novel by Jessie M. King, one of the renowned group of designers and artists known as ‘The Glasgow Girls’, this brand new musical production for five to eight year olds encourages children to think about their community, the world around them and buildings they know and love.

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Scottish Opera Reunites With D’Oyly Carte For New Production Of The Mikado

Following the success of The Pirates of Penzance in 2013, Scottish Opera once again joins forces with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company to present another of Gilbert and Sullivan’s much-loved comic classics, The Mikado. Opening in Glasgow in May, this vibrant new production then travels to Inverness, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Belfast, Newcastle, Bristol and Southampton.

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Young Composers And Librettists Given The Chance To Create New Works For Scottish Opera 

An exciting competition entitled Opera Sparks 2018 has been launched for young people to compose three new short operas which will be performed by Scottish Opera’s Connect Company in 2018 to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

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Scottish Opera's Connect Company Presents The World Premiere Of The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari In Glasgow

A specially composed, darkly gothic tale of murder, mystery and mayhem set in Scotland is coming to the stage for the very first time. The young singers and orchestral musicians of Scottish Opera’s Connect Company will perform a new take on the 1920s silent horror film Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari, with the action transferred to Glasgow in 1898.

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James Rutherford Steps In To Perform All-Wagner Programme As Part Of The Sunday Series

Internationally acclaimed Wagner baritone James Rutherford returns to Scottish Opera this Sunday (28 February) for a concert with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, conducted by Music Director Stuart Stratford. He replaces Iain Paterson as the soloist in the all-Wagner programme at the Theatre Royal Glasgow. Iain Paterson has had to withdraw due to illness.

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Stuart Stratford Conducts First Scottish Opera Production As Music Director

This April, Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts Dvořák’s Rusalka, his first Scottish Opera production since joining the Company last Summer.

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Iain Paterson Performs Wagner As Part Of The Sunday Series At Theatre Royal Glasgow

The Orchestra of Scottish Opera is joined by Scottish bass-baritone Iain Paterson to perform an exhilarating programme of Wagner as part of The Sunday Series.

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Scottish Opera's Primary Schools Tour Fever! Hits The Road

Back by popular demand after multiple successful tours, Scottish Opera’s FEVER! will be rehearsed and performed by thousands of primary school pupils across Scotland.

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Opera Highlights Brightens Up Winter On 18 Venue Tour Across Scotland 

Scottish Opera’s Opera Highlights embarks on an 18-date tour of Scotland this February and March.

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A Jealous Battle For Love And Honour Unfolds In Rarely Performed Operatic Gem

Building on the success of their 2011 production of Orlando, director Harry Fehr and designer Yannis Thavoris return to Scottish Opera with a new production of Handel’s Ariodante.

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Scottish Opera Presents World Premiere Of The Devil Inside

A brand new full-length opera, created by critically acclaimed novelist Louise Welsh and renowned composer Stuart MacRae, premieres in Scotland before touring the UK and internationally to Canada.

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New Concert Series For Theatre Royal Glasgow

Stuart Stratford, Scottish Opera’s new Music Director, has curated, and will conduct and host, a new programme of Sunday afternoon concerts – The Sunday Series – to be performed in the recently transformed Theatre Royal Glasgow. Announced today, the programme sees him 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.

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KidO: Opera For 3-4 Year Olds Is Back By Popular Demand

Scottish Opera’s interactive hit show for 3-4 year olds returns this Autumn for a second tour visiting a range of different venues across Scotland.

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Così fan tutte brings Italian Glamour to Scotland this Autumn

Scottish Opera’s new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte will bring a touch of 1950s Italian glamour, romance and comedy to 19 venues across Scotland.

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Passion and Obsession Collide in Bizet's Most Popular Opera: Carmen

Scottish Opera’s new season kicks off with one of the world’s best-loved operas. The steamy tale, scandalous heroine and instantly recognisable music make Bizet’s Carmen a true gem of the operatic repertoire.

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Scottish Opera Announces 2015/16 Season

Scottish Opera announces details of its vibrant new season, showcasing seven powerful operas featuring drama, romance, fairy-tale and comedy. Welcoming back a host of talented cast and creatives from recent years alongside some exciting new faces, and spanning four centuries in four languages, the season features ten shows, two world premieres, six new productions and 111 performances in 46 venues across 41 towns over the next 12 months.

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Unique Online Collaboration Invites Everyone To Take A Look Inside Opera

Seven of the UK’s opera companies have joined forces to produce Inside Opera: Live, a unique online event offering unprecedented behind the scenes access and insight into the opera being created and performed in theatres across the country.

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Madama Butterfly Lands In Scottish Cities This May

Scottish Opera brings one of the world’s most popular operas to Scotland this May as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly opens in Edinburgh before going on to perform in Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and Belfast. The production will make a return to Glasgow in July to perform in the city during the Commonwealth Games.

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Scottish Opera Brings Puccini's Final Masterpiece to Concert Stage

88 singers, 90 musicians and one chance to see Puccini's epic final masterpiece Turandot in Edinburgh this spring.

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Scottish Opera Celebrates 20 Years of Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera will celebrate 20 years of Opera Highlights in style with an 18-date tour of Scotland this spring.

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Don Pasquale Brings Warmth of Rome to Scottish Winter

Audiences in Edinburgh and Glasgow will be treated to a Roman holiday in January and February as Scottish Opera presents Donizetti's masterpiece Don Pasquale for the first time since 1977.

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Theatre Royal Transformation Reaches £12m Milestone

Scottish Opera announces that £12m has now been raised towards the £12.45m target to transform its home, Glasgow’s Theatre Royal.

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Atmospheric New Don Giovanni Set To Seduce Scottish Audiences

Passion and danger take centre stage as Scottish Opera brings a vivid new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to audiences this autumn.

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Murder, Intrigue and Betrayal as Handel's Rodelinda Hits Scottish Stages

For the first time in its 51 year history Scottish Opera brings Handel's back-stabbing baroque opera Rodelinda to the stage.

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UK Premiere For Radical Re-Interpretation of Berg's Lulu

Olga Neuwirth’s radical re-interpretation of Alban Berg’s unfinished opera Lulu will have its UK premiere in a new production at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.

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Lighthouse Opera Moves From Fraserburgh To Newest Fringe Venue

Short opera, Last One Out, will be imaginatively transplanted from its original Fraserburgh Lighthouse setting to the Fringe's newest venue - Paterson's Land - this summer.

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Opera For Babies Makes Its Edinburgh Fringe Debut

For the very first time, Scottish Opera’s ground-breaking interactive shows for babies and toddlers - BabyO and SensoryO - are coming to Edinburgh Fringe.

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Scottish Opera Brings 1930s Song and Dance Duo To Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Two very different shows inspired by life in Depression-era America are coming to this year’s newest Festival Fringe venue. Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s gritty and glamorous collaboration The Seven Deadly Sins, which was written 80 years ago, will be joined by brand new production, Dance Derby, at Paterson’s Land.

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Homegrown Shows Take Centre Stage at New Fringe Venue

Shows from some of Scotland's leading artists and performing arts companies will come together at Paterson's Land, a new Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue for 2013.

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