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…

One Green Bottle: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s The Devil Inside…

In 2013, Scots Whay Hae! and the Association Of Scottish Literary Studies collaborated in a series of recordings to commemorate Robert Louis Stevenson Day. Writers Alan Bissett, James Robertson and Louise Welsh read a Stevenson short story each; ‘Thrawn Janet’, The Tale Of Tod Lapraik’ and ‘The Bottle Imp’ respectively. ‘The Bottle Imp’ was already a … Continue reading One Green Bottle: A Review Of Scottish Opera’s The Devil Inside…

Man O’ Pairts: The Scots Whay Hae! Podcast Talks To Kevin P. Gilday…

For the latest podcast Ali headed to Glasgow’s Tron Theatre to talk to poet and polymath Kevin P. Gilday about his Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Suffering From Scottishness‘, his new collection of poetry ‘Sad Songs For White Boys‘ (right), his work with Cat Hepburn as the instigators and organisers of spoken word house party Sonnet Youth, his band … Continue reading Man O’ Pairts: The Scots Whay Hae! Podcast Talks To Kevin P. Gilday…

Fiercely Independent: The SWH! Podcast Talks To Ringwood Publishing…

For the latest SWH! podcast Ali spoke to Chief Executive of Ringwood Publishing Sandy Jamieson, one of their authors Dr Anne Pettigrew, and their Assistant Managing Director Laure Camail. Celebrating their 20th birthday this year, Glasgow’s Ringwood show that it is possible to publish and survive in a city which has notoriously had problems sustaining and maintaining a publishing … Continue reading Fiercely Independent: The SWH! Podcast Talks To Ringwood Publishing…

Elysian Feels: A Review Of SOYC’s Orfeo & Euridice…

It felt apt that the Scottish Opera Young Company‘s production of Gluck’s Orfeo & Euridice was staged in Greenock as the journey down the River Styx towards the Underworld is how many locals view the similar journey towards Glasgow up the River Clyde. Certainly the backdrop used in the first act looked suspiciously familiar to … Continue reading Elysian Feels: A Review Of SOYC’s Orfeo & Euridice…

New Musical Success: A Review Of The Best In New Music…

These music roundups often seem to throw up themes which are unintentional, but undeniable all the same. This latest batch of songs, when taken together, engender a reflective and almost melancholic mood, something which probably says more about your reviewer than the music itself. Again there is proof that singer/songwriters are in the ascendency, with … Continue reading New Musical Success: A Review Of The Best In New Music…

Judge Dread: A Review Of Philip Glass’s The Trial…

It’s difficult to think of a more apt time for Philip Glass’s take on Franz Kafka’s infamous 1925 novel The Trial to arrive in theatres. When a new American President is promising to refill Guantanamo Bay with inmates based on who they are rather than what they’ve done, the story of Josef K, a man who … Continue reading Judge Dread: A Review Of Philip Glass’s The Trial…