Sunday Service: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Silvano…

A quick look at Scottish Opera’s 2019/20 programme (right) makes it clear that the company are reaching for a balance between the old and the new, the classic and the experimental, the expected and the unexpected. It’s a tough act to pull off as there will be those who think that a national company should … Continue reading Sunday Service: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Silvano…

On The Level: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Katya Kabanova…

Sometimes you leave a theatre knowing that what you have just witnessed was something special. That was undoubtedly the case with Scottish Opera’s opening night of Janáček’s Katya Kabanova. It’s one of those rare productions where everything comes together to make something magical. The score, the story, the musicians, the singing, the acting (often overlooked … Continue reading On The Level: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Katya Kabanova…

The Best Of All Possible Worlds: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Highlights Tour 2019…

Over the last few years Scottish Opera has been taking to the highways and byways of Scotland bringing their Opera Highlights Tour to villages and towns, schools halls, community centres, and local theatres across the country. It’s a deceptively simple premise with four singers and a piano presenting various highlights from a wide range of … Continue reading The Best Of All Possible Worlds: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Highlights Tour 2019…

There Will Be Blood: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Anthropocene…

The first opera I reviewed for Scots Whay Hae! was Scottish Opera’s The Devil Inside, an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Bottle Imp, which was a collaboration between writer Louise Welsh and composer Stuart Macrae. Not only was it a wonderful marriage between Scottish literature and opera, but it introduced me to an art form about which … Continue reading There Will Be Blood: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Anthropocene…

Tour De Force: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Opera Highlights…

For the last few years Scottish Opera have been taking to the highways and byways of Scotland with their Opera Highlights show. Last night was the premiere of the 2018 show, and it’s safe to say that they have surpassed themselves, with director Daisy Evans putting together the perfect programme to introduce opera to those … Continue reading Tour De Force: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Opera Highlights…

Cheers For A Clown: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Pagliacci…

Every now and then, and not very often, a piece of theatre comes along which blows you away. My own favourites include The Tiger Lillies’ Shockheaded Peter,  Robert Lepage’s Elsinore (his take on Hamlet), and David Greig’s adaption of Lanark: A Life In Three Acts. To those I can now happily add Scottish Opera’s production of Pagliacci. Staged in a circus tent in … Continue reading Cheers For A Clown: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Pagliacci…

Passion Plays: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Sunday Series – Rachmaninov’s Aleko and Francesca Da Rimini…

Yesterday (Sunday 6th May) saw the last in the current run of Scottish Opera‘s Sunday Series: Opera In Concert, and, as with the previous concerts of the 2017/18 season, it came from Russia. This time around it was a double bill of Rachmaninov’s one-act operas, Aleko and Francesca Da Rimini, and what a way to … Continue reading Passion Plays: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Sunday Series – Rachmaninov’s Aleko and Francesca Da Rimini…

Love & Regret: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Eugene Onegin…

I have written a few reviews of Scottish Opera productions, and they are more often than not along the lines of “I may not know a lot about opera, but here’s what I liked”. With their latest opera, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, I at least can claim to know the source material, Alexander Pushkin’s 1833 ‘verse novel’ … Continue reading Love & Regret: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s Eugene Onegin…

Tsars On Sunday: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s From Russia With Love…

As Boney M once exclaimed, “Oh those Russians”! Although this is Scots Whay Hae! my first literary loves are 19th century Russian writers, and I am a little obsessed with the culture of that place and time. This being the case, Scottish Opera and the National Opera Studio’s From Russia With Love, the latest of … Continue reading Tsars On Sunday: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s From Russia With Love…

Singing On The Train: A Review Of Four Singers & A Pianist – Scottish Opera’s Highlights Show…

Scottish Opera is hitting the rails, and they’ll be doing so at a venue near you from 16th Feb – 18th Mar, traversing the Borders to the Highlands and Islands, and moving from the west coast to the east. The show is Four Singers & A Pianist and it is their annual Highlights show which has gained … Continue reading Singing On The Train: A Review Of Four Singers & A Pianist – Scottish Opera’s Highlights Show…