Scottish Opera has announced details of its vibrant new season, showcasing seven powerful operas featuring drama, romance, fairy-tale and comedy. Welcoming back a host of talented cast and creatives from recent years alongside some exciting new faces, and spanning four centuries in four languages, the season features ten shows, two world premieres, six new productions and 111 performances in 46 venues across 41 towns over the next 12 months.
A season of seven operas begins in October with Bizet’s immensely popular and colourful Carmen. Director Benjamin Davis revives Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser’s much-loved 1999 production, bringing the heat and intensity of this famous Seville love triangle to autumn audiences.
And starting 2016 in a thrilling, chilling fashion is the world premiere of The Devil Inside, co-commissioned and co-produced by Scottish Opera with Music Theatre Wales. Louise Welsh (novelist) and Stuart MacRae (composer) continue their creative partnership with an opera based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s short story The Bottle Imp.
Director-designer duo Harry Fehr and Yannis Thavoris return to Scottish Opera following the 2011 success of Handel’s Orlando to direct a new production of Ariodante in February.
Director Antony McDonald brings a fantastic fairy-tale to life in the Spring with Dvorak’s etherealRusalka, the first production to be conducted by Stuart Stratford as Scottish Opera’s newly appointed Music Director.
May sees Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, a new co-production with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company directed by Martin Lloyd Evans (The Pirates of Penzance 2013 and Il trovatore 2015).
In August 2015, Scottish Opera returns to the Edinburgh International Festival with a witty, fun-filled Sunday afternoon concert performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.
Scottish Opera’s General Director Alex Reedijk said: “I am very pleased to be launching this season alongside two wonderful musicians: Sir Thomas Allen, our Music Advisor, who has helped the company shape the Season: and Stuart Stratford, who has been appointed as our new Music Director. We bring you a characteristically ‘balanced basket’ of opera, a vibrant mix of dramatic, passionate and humorous stories – and we have chosen some fantastic singers and creatives to help us tell them. This season features some exciting new faces, plus many with whom we have built a rapport in recent years and who are pleased to return to the warm welcome of Scottish audiences. Touring continues to be integral to what we do and werestate our passion for it this season with two fabulous tours taking opera to 37 smaller venues in Scotland plus our unique‘Pop-Up Opera’ trailer which will tour to summer festivals”.
As always, the Company will tour extensively as part of Scottish Opera’s commitment to bringing top-quality opera to communities across the length and breadth of Scotland.
Scottish Opera continues to introduce new audiences to opera and take opera out of the theatre with free performances of Opera Unwrapped, Pre-Show talks and the Pop-Up Opera Roadshow, as the Company packs up its theatre on wheels and takes three pop-up operas out on the road, offering people a fantastic introduction to opera.
For more information visit: www.scottishopera.org.uk