Developing New Talent
Scottish Opera has a long history of nurturing talent; from performance to the creation of new work, we’ve always seen our duty to the future of opera in Scotland as an integral part of our activity. This season we have a whole range of activity based around up-and-coming talent – from new student writers and composers to new voices to look out for, including our own Emerging Artists.
Our 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 in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to nurture outstanding young singers, the programme now also includes positions for a director, a repetiteur and a costume trainee.
Find out more, including recital dates during 2014/15.
Encouraging New Opera
In collaboration with the University of Aberdeen | Part of Sound Festival 2014
Supported by The Leverhulme Trust
For the last 12 months, we’ve been working with undergraduate writers and composers at the University of Aberdeen to encourage the next generation of opera makers. Working with two experienced mentors – composer Gareth Williams and director and dramaturg Matthew Richardson – the students have created two short operas that will premiere at 2014’s Sound Festival in Aberdeen.
Sun 2 Nov 3pm & 7pm | Johnston Hall, University of Aberdeen
On sale Summer 2014. For more information, go to sound-scotland.co.uk
In collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Featuring students studying at Glasgow’s Alexander Gibson Opera School, these simply staged opera scenes are the place to spot Scotland’s up-and-coming opera talent. A fundamental part of the students’ development, taking part gives them the opportunity to explore both their present capability and their potential as artists. Accompanied by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the performances give students the invaluable experience of performing with a live orchestra on the stage of a large theatre.
Fri 23 Jan 7.15pm | Theatre Royal Glasgow
Fri 30 Jan 7.15pm | Festival Theatre Edinburgh
On sale Winter 2014. For more information, go to rcs.ac.uk
National Opera Studio
Supported by the Scottish Opera Endowment Trust
The National Opera Studio provides individual, high-quality professional training for singers and repetiteurs who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation. Run by renowned soprano Kathryn Harries (appearing in Jenůfa in April
2014), the Studio is engaged by the UK’s leading opera companies to deliver its training programmes. This year, Scottish Opera is again hosting a week-long residency for the trainees, culminating in a free, semi-staged performance on the set of Orfeo ed Euridice, accompanied by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
Conductor Derek Clark
Director Elaine Kidd
Fri 27 Feb 7.30pm | Theatre Royal Glasgow
Tickets available Winter 2014. For more information, go to nationaloperastudio.org.uk