The Scottish Opera Interviews #3: Programme Editor, David Kettle

For the third of our series of podcasts with members of Scottish Opera we spoke to the Programme Editor, David Kettle about his role and what it entails. He explains how he came to the job, the approach to writing a programme, the balance required between information and other articles and content, the collaboration required with the … Continue reading The Scottish Opera Interviews #3: Programme Editor, David Kettle

The Scottish Opera Podcasts

A series of podcasts in collaboration with Scottish Opera interviewing some of the key figures in the company about who they are and what they do. #3: Programme Editor, David Kettle For the third of our series of podcasts with members of Scottish Opera we spoke to the Programme Editor, David Kettle about his role and what it entails. He … Continue reading The Scottish Opera Podcasts

That’s Entertainment: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s The Magic Flute…

Few operas have found their way into popular culture in the manner of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. From Neil Gaiman’s adaptation of Papageno’s bird catcher for the character Old Bailey in his novel Neverwhere, Whitney Houston claiming she is the ‘Queen of the Night’ in the movie The Bodyguard, and with music which has been … Continue reading That’s Entertainment: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s The Magic Flute…

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…

The Scottish Opera Interviews #1: SOYC Artistic Director Jonathon Swinard…

For the latest podcast Ali headed to the home of Scottish Opera in central Glasgow to talk to Jonathon Swinard, the new Artistic Director of the Scottish Opera Young Company (SOYC) ahead of their production of Gluck’s Orfeo & Euridice (see right) at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock. Over the past few years Scots … Continue reading The Scottish Opera Interviews #1: SOYC Artistic Director Jonathon Swinard…

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…