Scottish Opera - Glasgow
23 October 2017

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La Traviata

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 2

David McVicar’s stylish Traviata is slow to ignite at Scottish Opera
22 Oct 17 / The Observer
McVicar's Verdi is a gorgeous but stilted visual treat
21 Oct 17 / The Guardian
La bohème

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Love, laughter and death at the heart of Scottish Opera's new Bohème
2 Jun 17 / The Opera Critic
For the purists the production was way over-the-top
2 Jun 17 / Edinburgh Guide
Scottish Opera’s romantic reimagining of La bohème
2 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
Scottish Opera tearjerker was third time lucky
27 May 17 / The Press and Journal
Scottish Opera’s detailed La bohème bursts with joie de vivre
23 May 17 / Bachtrack
Much of Scottish Opera’s Bohème is spot-on – but it begins with an act of petty vandalism
18 May 17 / The Spectator
Detail-rich and resonant
16 May 17 / The Stage
A breathless affair
13 May 17 / The Scotsman
Jazz-age colour and vitality animate Scottish Opera's new production
11 May 17 / The Guardian
Le villi

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 2

A real treat
27 May 17 / The Scotsman
A triumph and a treat
23 May 17 / The Herald
La scala di seta

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Sparkling comedy from Scottish Opera in concert
11 Apr 17 / Bachtrack
Fun and lively early Rossini
4 Apr 17 / The Herald
Rossini's amiable farce fizzes along gleefully
4 Apr 17 / The Guardian
Frothy Rossini, served up with aplomb
3 Apr 17 / The Opera Critic
Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 9

A bloody good double bill
10 Apr 17 / The Observer
An emotional roller coaster
8 Apr 17 / The Opera Critic
Sung with such eloquence it makes you wish we heard more operas in Hungarian
7 Apr 17 / The Spectator
What’s behind Bluebeard’s 8th door? Chilling double bill from Scottish Opera
4 Apr 17 / Bachtrack
A tantalising prospect
2 Apr 17 / The Herald
Intense and moving
1 Apr 17 / The Stage
Bartók’s opera is partnered with a new work in an intriguing double bill
1 Apr 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Scottish Opera's compelling tour of Bartók's horrors
31 Mar 17 / The Guardian
Karen Cargill is simply at the top of her best remarkable form as Judith
30 Mar 17 / The Herald
8th Door

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 9

A bloody good double bill
10 Apr 17 / The Observer
An emotional roller coaster
8 Apr 17 / The Opera Critic
Sung with such eloquence it makes you wish we heard more operas in Hungarian
7 Apr 17 / The Spectator
What’s behind Bluebeard’s 8th door? Chilling double bill from Scottish Opera
4 Apr 17 / Bachtrack
A tantalising prospect
2 Apr 17 / The Herald
Intense and moving
1 Apr 17 / The Stage
Bartók’s opera is partnered with a new work in an intriguing double bill
1 Apr 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Scottish Opera's compelling tour of Bartók's horrors
31 Mar 17 / The Guardian
Scottish Opera premiere a new work by composer-in-residence Lliam Paterson
30 Mar 17 / The Herald
Pelléas et Mélisande

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Scottish Opera are on their finest form for David McVicar’s Pelléas et Melisande
13 Mar 17 / Seen and Heard
An intriguing Pelléas et Mélisande by Scottish Opera
11 Mar 17 / The Opera Critic
This is a production every opera buff and every devotee of Debussy should see
9 Mar 17 / Edinburgh Guide
Debussy to die for at Scottish Opera
6 Mar 17 / The Observer
An enthralling experience
28 Feb 17 / The Scotsman
A masterpiece of nuance and atmosphere
28 Feb 17 / Telegraph
This understated, sombrely lit production of Debussy’s engimatic work builds a brooding intensity
27 Feb 17 / The Times
Scottish Opera's raptly beautiful, classy production
25 Feb 17 / The Guardian
McVicar's stylish and moving Pelléas et Mélisande from Scottish Opera
25 Feb 17 / Bachtrack
L’Enfant prodigue

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Debussy's early opera is charming and effective
13 Feb 17 / The Opera Critic
The Trial

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Glass' The Trial gets its Scottish Opera premiere
9 Feb 17 / The Opera Critic
Laughter in the dark: Scottish Opera pass the test of Glass’s The Trial
6 Feb 17 / Seen and Heard
The disharmony of evil
29 Jan 17 / The Herald
Unfulfilled potential in Philip Glass' The Trial
28 Jan 17 / Bachtrack
Economical but effective
26 Jan 17 / The Stage
A brilliant, intricate reading of Kafka
26 Jan 17 / The Herald
Le nozze di Figaro

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Still as fun and sunny as it was the first time around
14 Nov 16 / The Opera Critic
Sir Thomas Allen managed to bring comedy into a serious story
12 Nov 16 / Edinburgh Guide
Borderline sumptuous: Scottish Opera revives The Marriage of Figaro
15 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
L'elisir d'amore

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 3

The Elixir of Love provided a comedic, beautifully sung and hugely enjoyable night of opera
30 Oct 16 / The Saint
A delightful boutique Elixir of Love from Scottish Opera on tour
28 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Scottish Opera flirts with PG Wodehouse
26 Sep 16 / The Guardian
L'Amico Fritz

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 3

Mascagni's L'Amico Fritz exudes charm and gentleness
28 Oct 16 / The Opera Critic
Curiosity and ambivalence in Scottish Opera's L'amico Fritz
26 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Diaphanous Mascagni romcom is a mixed blessing
25 Oct 16 / The Guardian
The Mikado

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 10

Enjoyable and visually appealing Mikado from Scottish Opera
6 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
All's well that ends well in the town of Titipu
3 Jun 16 / The Opera Critic
It’s a real box of delights
27 May 16 / The Inverness Courier
Director Martin Lloyd-Evans has created something utterly reliable and palatable
16 May 16 / The Guardian
Scottish Opera could have a hit on its hands with this new Mikado
12 May 16 / The Spectator
For Glasgow audiences it felt very much like a rehearsal for the real thing
11 May 16 / Opera Britannia
If you think opera is not for you then let the Mikado change your mind
10 May 16 / Daily Record
This take on Gilbert and Sullivan's classic looks beautiful, but needs some settling in
10 May 16 / The List
A Victorian variety show on Japanese Night
10 May 16 / Bachtrack
Visually resplendent
7 May 16 / The Stage
Rusalka

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 6

A tale of the impossibility of crossing cultures
20 Apr 16 / The Opera Critic
In a word, epic
16 Apr 16 / Daily Record
Traditional Rusalka a visual feast for Scottish Opera
12 Apr 16 / Bachtrack
Scottish Opera leave fairytale cruelty to lurk below the surface
11 Apr 16 / The Guardian
Traditional, but also bristling with macabre humour
7 Apr 16 / Telegraph
Fine performance of Rusalka from Stuart Stratford and Scottish Opera
7 Apr 16 / Seen and Heard
Ariodante

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 8

Good cast and excellent period band in Scottish Opera’s Ariodante
29 Feb 16 / Seen and Heard
Scottish Opera's Ariodante offers musical riches
27 Feb 16 / The Opera Critic
A very finely sung Ariodante from Scottish Opera
23 Feb 16 / Bachtrack
A fine druid double act and Handel with added bits
22 Feb 16 / The Guardian
Sombre Ariodante au Scottish Opera
19 Feb 16 / Bachtrack (French)
A claustrophobic, beautifully sung new production of Handel's opera of deception and jealousy
19 Feb 16 / The Arts Desk
Beautiful singing, but Scottish Opera's new production drags
18 Feb 16 / The Guardian
A modern Ariodante fit for Handel’s score
18 Feb 16 / Telegraph
The Devil Inside

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 8

The Devil Inside, a new work that works
2 Feb 16 / The Opera Critic
Scottish Opera’s striking re-imagining of Stevenson’s Bottle Imp
1 Feb 16 / Seen and Heard
Stuart MacRae’s devilish new opera is intimate, intense and unsettling
31 Jan 16 / The Observer
Spellbinding adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson short story
28 Jan 16 / The List
Subtle and daring
26 Jan 16 / The Stage
This electric new commission from Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh sizzles with energy
26 Jan 16 / Opera Britannia
A deeply chilling opera receives its world première in Glasgow
26 Jan 16 / Bachtrack
Spirited operatic update of a sinister tale
25 Jan 16 / The Guardian
'We talked diseases for days'
The making of a modern opera: Robert Louis Stevenson’s sinister story is the starting point for Louise Welsh and Stuart MacRae’s opera of desire, devilry and detuned sounds, The Devil Inside.
Carmen

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Scottish Opera’s Carmen lacks colour and life
14 Nov 15 / Seen and Heard
Lithuanian born mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte was without doubt the evening's highlight
7 Nov 15 / Edinburgh Guide
Justina Gringyte's Carmen is languorous, liquid and sensuous
5 Nov 15 / The Opera Critic
Justina Gringyte is a fabulous Carmen in Scottish Opera's Revival
22 Oct 15 / Bachtrack
Justina Gringyte in the title role commands the stage with an astonishing performance
16 Oct 15 / The Scotsman
Gringyte impresses in Scottish Opera's robust production
14 Oct 15 / The Guardian
A spare staging of Bizet’s masterpiece first seen in Glasgow in 1999
14 Oct 15 / The Herald
Justina Gringyte - from Carmen to Carmen
After a triumph at ENO, the mezzo soprano brings her signature role to Scottish Opera.
Così fan tutte

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 1

Pocket-sized Mozart ducks the moral murk
26 Sep 15 / The Guardian
Il Trovatore

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 9

A rewarding performance
26 May 15 / The Opera Critic
A particularly powerful performance from Scottish Opera that is highly recommended
25 May 15 / Edinburgh Guide
Scottish Opera’s Il Trovatore takes audience by surprise
25 May 15 / Seen and Heard
Scottish Opera ends its season in great voice with Il trovatore
20 May 15 / Bachtrack
Any similarities to the former MP for East Renfrewshire are purely coincidental
17 May 15 / The Herald
It looked good, sounded marvellous and was full to the brim with all the drama and passion
11 May 15 / Opera Britannia
A definite success for Scottish Opera in a strongly cast production
9 May 15 / The Stage
Claire Rutter shines in Scottish Opera's static production
9 May 15 / The Guardian
Stark simplicity
9 May 15 / The Herald
Jenufa

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 11

Even at the tragic heart of Janáček's Jenůfa there is ambiguity
20 Apr 15 / The Arts Desk
A performance full of raw emotions
20 Apr 15 / The Opera Critic
Lee Bisset's Jenůfa, enhanced by her own pregnancy, is strong and dignified
19 Apr 15 / Edinburgh Guide
Scottish Opera’s Jenufa transposed to the west of Ireland makes perfect sense
13 Apr 15 / The Observer
Scottish Opera’s Jenůfa impresses with its integrity and power to stun
11 Apr 15 / Seen and Heard
A night to remember
11 Apr 15 / Opera Britannia
Powerful and haunting
10 Apr 15 / Bachtrack
Miskimmon’s production is focused and detailed
9 Apr 15 / The Stage
Scottish Opera’s co-production is intelligent and sensitive
9 Apr 15 / The Guardian
Go see, but take a hanky
9 Apr 15 / The Herald
This production's strong cast made the force of Jenůfa's tragedy hit home
9 Apr 15 / Telegraph
A Janacek champion in the Mackerras mould
Annilese Miskimmon - director of a new production that opens at Scottish Opera next week - says she is determined to investigate the many tangled dimensions of the relationships in the opera.
Orfeo ed Euridice

Scottish Opera


No. of reviews: 9

Good singing, but Scottish Opera’s Orfeo is a hotchpotch
10 Mar 15 / Seen and Heard
Elegant and charming
5 Mar 15 / The Opera Critic
For anyone wishing to sample modern opera this is the show for you
5 Mar 15 / The Scotsman
A thoroughly competent and enjoyable experience
5 Mar 15 / Edinburgh Guide
Scottish Opera's Orfeo ed Euridice a wild visual feast
3 Mar 15 / Bachtrack
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News & Articles

Opera on the Clyde
Scottish Opera to stage operas on cutter boat Murray McDavid.
12 Apr 2017 / The Herald
Scottish Opera announces 2017/18 season
Opening the new Season in October 2017 is Verdi’s La traviata, set in Paris during the 1880s.
8 Apr 2017 / Edinburgh Guide
Scottish Opera announces 2016/17 emerging artists
Scottish Opera has appointed Beth Hicks, Emma Kerr, Jim Manganello, Hazel McBain, Lliam Paterson, Elgan Llyr Thomas and Maria Struckova as its emerging artists for 2016/17.
1 Nov 2016 / Opera News
Stuart Stratford, music director of Scottish Opera
Stuart Stratford now has a new string to his bow, since June last year he has been music director of Scottish Opera, where he has recently conducted Jenufa and Rusalka.
27 Jun 2016 / Planet Hugill
Scottish Opera's new season announced
Four new productions, a collaboration with a leading theatre company and the first Scottish performance of a Puccini opera are part of Scottish Opera's new season.
27 Apr 2016 / The Herald