Scottish Opera has been shortlisted for the Sunday Herald Culture Awards 2017 in the Best Live Performance, Best Musical Artist and Technical Award categories.

The Company’s production of Pelléas and Mélisande has been shortlisted in the Best Live Performance category, with Scottish Opera’s Composer in Residence, Lliam Paterson, shortlisted in the Best Musical Artist category, and Head Scenic Artist, Kelvin Guy, shortlisted for the Technical Award.

One of the winners of Scottish Opera’s recent Opera Sparks 2018 competition, Matthew Whiteside, has also been shortlisted in the One to Watch category. The competition launched in April 2016 to give young people who are Scottish or based in Scotland an opportunity to compose a new, 15-minute opera to be performed by Scottish Opera’s youth company, Connect, in 2018 to mark its tenth anniversary.

The Sunday Herald Culture Awards, now in its second year, is a major awards event celebrating the best of Scotland's world-class artistic scene. There were more than 140 entries received across fifteen categories. A panel of leading names from the creative world will choose the best of Scotland's musicians, actors, visual artists, dancers, writers and events to recognise the national and international success being achieved by artists across all genres.

The judges include author and playwright Alan Bissett, writer and broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove, and leading graphic designer and creative director at Graven, Janice Kirkpatrick OBE. The judging panel will be chaired by Sunday Herald editor and author Neil Mackay.

The award winners will be announced by BBC Radio Scotland presenter, Janice Forsyth, at a gala evening on Thursday 13 July at SWG3 in Glasgow.