We are excited to unveil a programme of digital and live performance as part of our Winter 2020/21 activity, including filmed productions of Così Fan Tutte andHansel and Gretel , and a live performance from Scottish Opera Young Company as part of our Outreach and Education department's 50th Anniversary.
The first digital offering will be a modern adaptation of Così fan tutte directed by Roxanna Haines (La Boheme 2020), available to watch via our website on December 13. Filmed at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal, this new concert performance reimagines Mozart’s exuberant comedy of infidelities as a game for today, in which lovers’ loyalties are put to the ultimate test. Reality TV or social experiment? Two sisters, their fiancés and a man with a point to prove about fickle young couples. Can their relationships withstand the pressure? Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, chorus and our 2020/21 Emerging Artists - soprano Catriona Hewitson, mezzo soprano Margo Arsane, tenor Shengzhi Ren and baritone Arthur Bruce - performing alongside Charlie Drummond and Jette Parker Young Artists Michael Mofidian.
In January we will present a digital concert performance of Humperdinck’s take on the much-loved fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, directed by Daisy Evans (The Telephone, EIF 2020), film directed by Jonathan Haswell, with translation by David Pountney and orchestral reduction arranged by Derek Clark . David Parry conducts a cast including Kathleen Ferrier Award-winner Kitty Whately as Hansel, Rhian Lois (La bohème 2020) as Gretel, ENO Harewood Artist Nadine Benjamin as Gertrude and The Witch, Phillip Rhodes as Peter and Charlie Drummond as Sandman and Dew Fairy.
We are also thrilled to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our Outreach and Education department in 2021. Since 1970, the team has run countless projects, engaging with people in every corner of Scotland and encouraging meaningful and transformative experiences for all, no matter age, background or ability. Specially commissioned to mark the milestone this year’s Scottish Opera Young Company will perform the world premiere of Rubble by composer Gareth Williams, lyrics by theatre legend Johnny McKnight. SOYC members have already begun meeting via zoom in preparation for the live production in Glasgow on July 31 and August 1. Find out more here.