Emerging Artist Recital

Scottish Opera's Emerging Artists programme gives young artists the opportunity of a lifetime – a period of full-time work with the Company to help them launch their careers. Initially set up to nurture outstanding young singers, the programme includes positions for a repetiteur, a Costume Trainee and a Composer in Residence and, during 2019/20 for the first time, an Associate Producer.

On Thursday 23 July, our Emerging and Associate Artists performed a short final recital streamed live from our rehearsal studio in Glasgow. You can watch the full concert below. The event was curated and accompanied by Scottish Opera's Head of Music, Derek Clark, and hosted by Scottish Opera's Staff Director Roxana Haines.

Watch: Emerging Artist Recital

The four singers – soprano Charlie Drummond, Scottish Opera Associate Artist mezzo-soprano Heather Ireson, and baritones Arthur Bruce and Mark Nathan – perform a captivating selection of songs and opera arias. They contrast Balfe’s melodramatic ‘Excelsior!’ with Schumann’s heartfelt love song ‘Widmung’ from the song cycle Myrthen, and arias from Ricci’s La prigione di Edimburgo and Puccini’s Turandot. The recital culminates in the fantastical feline frolics of Rossini’s comic ‘Cat Duet’, in a brand new new arrangement (or should that be derangement?) by Derek Clark.

Download the full programme notes for the Emerging Artist Recital

Running time approx. 35 mins

The Emerging Artist Recital is a free online event. If you are able and would like to make a donation to Scottish Opera, you can do so here.


Supported by The Robertson Trust, The Garrick Charitable Trust, Elizabeth Salvesen & Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists Benefactors 

Cast & Creatives

Arthur Bruce*
*The Robertson Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist 2019/20

Mark Nathan

Heather Ireson
Scottish Opera Associate Artist

Charlie Drummond

Derek Clark

Roxana Haines