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Scottish Opera is Scotland’s national opera company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland. The 2023/24 Season marks its 61st Anniversary.
The Company’s performance repertoire ranges across five centuries, from the earliest operas to newly-commissioned world premieres. Scottish Opera collaborates with the world’s finest singers and creatives, together with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and choruses for each opera. Recent accolades include a South Bank Sky Arts Award, a Scottish Award for New Music, Sunday Herald Culture Awards, a Herald Angel, and a 2020 RPS Award. In 2021 the Company returned to live audiences with Sir David McVicar’s new production of Verdi’sFalstaffperformed in Glasgow and at the Edinburgh International Festival.
The Company tours extensively across Scotland to ensure performances are within reach of as many of the country’s very dispersed population as possible. Specially adapted 40-foot long trailers bringPop-up Operaperformances to thousands of people each year. In 2021 the Company performed nearly 200 performances of itsPop-up Opera Roadshowto socially distanced audiences of 11,014 people. This is one of the most extensive touring programmes of any European opera company and a much-valued contribution to Scotland’s cultural and artistic life, particularly in remote and island communities.
Performances of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow.
First appearance at the BBC Proms with Acts I and III of Siegfried, featuring Helga Dernesch, Ticho Parly, Frank Egerton and David Ward with the Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Alexander Gibson.
Gave performances of Tristan und Isolde and Pelléas et Mélisande at Sadler’s Wells, London.
Purchases the Theatre Royal in Hope Street, Glasgow. It reopens the following year after extensive refurbishment.
Billy Connolly plays the gaoler Frosch in Die Fledermaus at the gala performance marking the re-opening of the Theatre Royal on 14 October. Connolly also reprises the role in the 1979 revival.
Wins the Evening Standard Award for Opera for first season in the restored Theatre Royal Glasgow.
Gives a concert performance of Falstaff at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
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Acclaimed cycle of Janáček operas co-produced with Welsh National Opera, conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong and directed by David Pountney.