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Performances full of character
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Introduction to the Season Don Giovanni Don Pasquale Madama Butterfly Subscription Information Audio Description & Touch Tours American Lulu The Seven Deadly Sins & Dance Derby Rodelinda Macbeth Turandot Last One Out Opera Highlights The Orchestra of Scottish Opera in Concert Emerging Artists BabyO & SensoryO Platypus in Boots Free Events Thank you Join in! Schools Play your part – supporting Scottish Opera Set your business apart Hire us! Theatre Royal Glasgow Performance Diary Box Office Information
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Welcome to Scottish Opera’s 2013-14 Season – packed full of characterful productions and performances. As I write, we are just about to open The Pirates of Penzance, the final production of our 50th Anniversary Season, and what a season it has been for both range and quality of opera. On the mainstage we enjoyed The Magic Flute, Werther and The Flying Dutchman; our biggest-ever tour took us to 50 venues throughout Scotland, thrilling audiences with a wonderful La traviata; our new commissions were singled out for recognition with The Lady from the Sea winning a Herald Angel Award and Ghost Patrol winning the opera category of the Southbank Sky Arts Awards and, along with In the Locked Room, an Olivier Awards nomination; and we are about to embark on a tour to England and Wales with Pirates. One final celebratory act remains before we begin, once again, to look ahead – in June 2013 we will publish a book of highlights of, and reflections on, the Company’s life from 1962 right through to the end of our Anniversary Season: ‘50 Years of Scottish Opera – A Celebration’. I hope you will buy one in support of the Company and join us in revelling in some marvellous memories. The next 12 months are also of enormous importance for Scottish Opera. First, we must say ‘arrivederci’ to Francesco Corti our music director for the last six years, and ‘bienvenue’ to new music director Emmanuel Joel-Hornak, who will join the company in August 2013. You will not see Emmanuel’s influence until future seasons, but he introduces himself below, and I hope you will take the chance to come and see him conduct during the season. Our ambitious capital project to improve our home, the Theatre Royal Glasgow, will conclude in May 2014 and it is this major piece of work which shapes the coming season as the theatre will be closed from February to May 2014. However, this does not mean we will be quiet as we have a fabulously full season of excellent and varied opera for you to enjoy. We welcome back some fantastically creative friends who have a history with us of fine story-telling. Our subscription season starts with Sir Thomas Allen and Simon Higlett’s hotly anticipated Don Giovanni, conducted by rising star Speranza Scappucci, making her Company debut. This is the title I have most wanted to see Tom direct since he first started his directorial career with us in 2007 with The Barber of Seville. Tom’s close association with the title role and the popularity of his shows with our audiences mean this promises to be a very special Autumn treat. Moving into 2014, Renaud Doucet and André Barbe create for us a new production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale to be conducted by Francesco Corti; and I can’t think of a more fitting way to re-open the Theatre Royal than with the opera that started the Company, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, here in a revival of Sir David McVicar’s breathtakingly beautiful production. Due to the closure of Theatre Royal, our rehearsing home, we are only able to produce three mainstage operas this year, but we will be busy during this period as, in celebration of The Year of Homecoming, we revive Dominic Hill’s 2005 production of Verdi’s Macbeth with chamber orchestra, conducted by Emmanuel Joel-Hornak in both the Citizens in Glasgow and King’s in Edinburgh. And in March we say a formal farewell to Francesco Corti in a concert performance at the Usher Hall of Puccini’s Turandot. Throughout the Season we have assembled some magnificent singers for your enjoyment.
In my travels on behalf of the Company I am constantly struck by the health and vitality of opera as an artform, and the many shapes and forms it takes. This Season from Scottish Opera reflects that curiosity about opera as we try out some new ideas. We normally tour a production in the Autumn with piano accompaniment, but this year’s production of Rodelinda will benefit from music by an ensemble of harpsichord, cello and violin – these instruments better suited, we feel, to the particularities of Handel’s soundworld. And, as well as presenting a new production of Olga Neuwirth’s American Lulu at the Edinburgh International Festival, we will bring six short operas to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at a new venue called Paterson’s Land. Our education team continues to blaze a trail internationally, with tours of BabyO and SensoryO touching down in Hong Kong and New Zealand, a project sharing our pedagogical experience in Singapore, and our ambitious Commonwealth opera with Alexander McCall Smith. We could not present such a busy and interesting season without the loyalty of our audiences and the generosity of our supporters – for which I thank you all. I was delighted this year when some of our longest-standing and most generous donors, Sir Gerald and Lady Elliot and Sir Peter Moores, were awarded a Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy, recognising their outstanding contribution to the arts. I do hope you will find the time to join us for everything the Company has to offer this Season.
Alex Reedijk, General Director I am extremely proud and honoured to become the new Music Director of Scottish Opera. For a number of years I have had a very strong relationship with this worldrenowned Company, founded by the great Maestro Sir Alexander Gibson. I will enjoy developing this relationship as I become a permanent part of Scottish Opera and lead the Company through new musical challenges. In the coming season, I am thrilled to conduct both Verdi’s Macbeth and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and to be able to present our superb orchestra in three concert programmes I have chosen, exploring a panorama of classical music from the classics to the moderns. After a life of worldwide travelling, I look forward to becoming a settled part of the Scottish Opera community, and to experience and share with people all around Scotland the fantastic joys and emotions that the great composers have given to us through the wonderful form of art that is opera.
Emmanuel Joel-Hornak, Music Director
NEW PRODUCTION Sung in Italian with English supertitles Supported by The Scottish Opera Syndicate and Scottish Opera’s ‘Play a Supporting Role’ Appeal
October to November Glasgow | Aberdeen | Inverness | Edinburgh
‘Sir Thomas Allen’s radical reimagining...is unexpected, inventive and visually stunning.’ Scottish Mail on Sunday on The Magic Flute, 2012
Giovanni Don Giovanni has long been recognised as one of Sir Thomas Allen’s signature roles on stage. This year he’s looking at it from the other side of the curtain for the first time, teaming up again with designer Simon Higlett to bring their hallmark theatricality to what promises to be a definitive telling of this extraordinary opera. 17th-century Venice – a city of darkness and shadows, where danger lurks in every alleyway and corruption is rife, seeping up through the streets from the rotting water below. In the centre of it all, a man in his element: Don Giovanni. Seductive, audacious, living life from one opportunity to the next, he sets his sights on Donna Anna. When her father intervenes, it costs him his life and Don Giovanni flees. Chased by shadows and moving inexorably towards a chilling confrontation, has he finally taken things too far? Dark, vivid and bursting with life, Don Giovanni is full-blooded opera at its best. Exquisite arias, powerful orchestration, dramatic recitative and lightly crafted comedy combine in an ever-changing score. The cast balances experience with exciting new talent. Jacques Imbrailo, hailed by The Times as ‘the hottest young baritone on the block’ and winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Audience Prize, is Don Giovanni, performing alongside internationally acclaimed singers Péter Kálmán, Susan Gritton, and beloved Scottish soprano Lisa Milne. Rising star, Italian Speranza Scappucci conducts.
Conductors Speranza Scappucci/James Grossmith Director Sir Thomas Allen Designer Simon Higlett Lighting Mark Jonathan Choreographer Kally Lloyd-Jones Don Giovanni Jacques Imbrailo Leporello Péter Kálmán Donna Anna Susan Gritton Commendatore Johann Saevarsson Don Ottavio Ed Lyon Donna Elvira Lisa Milne Zerlina Anna Devin/Ruth Jenkins Masetto Barnaby Rea Running time 3 hrs 15 mins approximately For dates, venues and Box Office information, go to pages 44 to 53.
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NEW PRODUCTION Sung in Italian with English supertitles
January to February Glasgow | Edinburgh
‘Doucet…settles for nothing less than imaginative perfection’. The Scotsman on Manon, 2009
Pasquale Director Renaud Doucet and designer André Barbe (Manon 2009) bring Donizetti’s quick-witted, comic masterpiece to life with typically colourful and quirky style. Set in Rome at the cusp of the Swinging Sixties, Don Pasquale’s eccentric characters are given life in a world that is the perfect setting for a titanic clash of the generations. Don Pasquale, a reclusive old man with a penchant for cats, runs a crumbling pensione with a chain-smoking chambermaid and a greasy cook for company. Worried that his wealth will be squandered by his nephew Ernesto, Pasquale determines to find himself a wife. When a distinctly feline young lady conveniently turns up, he is smitten. But having a wife is not quite as straightforward as he expected… Has Ernesto got the better of the old curmudgeon at last? Donizetti’s perfectly constructed score keeps the plot moving apace; one minute melancholy, the next an explosion of energy. From slow, indulgent arias to punchy patter and sparkling humour, it’s full of zest and personality. Opera buffa veteran Bruno Praticò brings Italian authenticity to the role of Don Pasquale. Internationally acclaimed tenor Colin Lee is Ernesto, and Ruth Jenkins, fresh from rave reviews as Papagena in our 2012 The Magic Flute, is Norina. Francesco Corti makes a welcome return to conduct.
Conductor Francesco Corti Director Renaud Doucet Designer André Barbe Lighting Guy Simard Don Pasquale Bruno Praticò Dr Malatesta Nicholas Lester Ernesto Colin Lee Norina Ruth Jenkins A Notary Andrew McTaggart# #Scottish Opera Emerging Artist
Running time 2 hrs 15 mins approximately For dates, venues and Box Office information, go to pages 44 to 53.
Revival of the 2000 production Sung in Italian with English supertitles Supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw
May to August Edinburgh | Glasgow | Inverness | Aberdeen
‘A million subtleties permeate this riveting production…Unmissable.’ The Herald on Madama Butterfly, 2000
Butter fly Classic, timeless and stylish, Sir David McVicar’s Madama Butterfly has been a firm favourite since it was first staged in 2000. Forgoing sentimentality to create a rich cast of characters with unflinchingly human characteristics, his production lays bare a hugely atmospheric, poignant story that still has the power to affect, over a century after it was first performed. Cio-Cio-San, a young girl living in Nagasaki, has fallen for Pinkerton, a reckless American naval officer stationed near her home. Despite her family’s objections, she gives up all she has to marry him, but he soon abandons her to return to America. When he returns three years later she is still patiently waiting, willing to do whatever is needed in the name of love. But ahead lie only betrayal and heartbreak. Puccini’s sense of theatre is second to none and Butterfly sees him doing what he does best – painting beautifully exotic pictures in sound that are dramatic, often hauntingly lyrical, and full of emotion. Korean soprano Hye-Youn Lee, one of The Independent on Sunday ’s ‘Faces to Watch’ in 2013, and Anne Sophie Duprels (Manon 2009) share the role of Butterfly and José Ferrero (Tosca 2012) is Pinkerton. New Music Director Emmanuel Joel-Hornak (Hansel and Gretel 2012) conducts.
Conductors Emmanuel Joel-Hornak/Derek Clark Original Director Sir David McVicar Revival Director Elaine Kidd Designer Yannis Thavoris Original Lighting Paule Constable Revival Lighting Robert B Dickson Cio-Cio-San Hye-Youn Lee/Anne Sophie Duprels Suzuki Hanna Hipp Pinkerton José Ferrero Sharpless Christopher Purves/Marcin Bronikowski Goro Adrian Thompson The Bonze Jonathan May Kate Pinkerton Catrin Aur Prince Yamadori Andrew McTaggart# #Scottish Opera Emerging Artist
Running time 2 hrs 40 mins approximately For dates, venues and Box Office information, go to pages 44 to 53.
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Audio Description & Touch Tours Mention opera and most people think of singing and music, but this is only part of the overall experience. What about scenery, costumes, lighting, direction and choreography? Audio Description helps visually impaired patrons enjoy the opera experience with live commentary designed to describe the action on stage without compromising the music. As part of the experience, we include: • A free CD, sent out in advance of the performance, which gives an excellent introduction to the production, including interviews, a synopsis, musical excerpts and details about the costumes, sets and individual characters. • A free Touch Tour of the set, costumes and props before the show. • An audio introduction 15 minutes before the start of the main performance. If you or someone you know is interested in booking for an Audio-described performance, simply contact the Box Office at your chosen theatre. Discounted tickets are available. Tickets for Audio-described performances and Touch Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Guide dogs are welcome. For more information, visit the ‘About Us’ section of scottishopera.org.uk or contact Iona Jack on 0141 248 4567.
Audio-described performances (Touch Tours start at 6pm)
Don Giovanni Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 26 Oct 7.15pm His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 2 Nov 7.30pm Eden Court, Inverness Sat 9 Nov 7.15pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 23 Nov 7.15pm
Don Pasquale Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 1 Feb 7.15pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 22 Feb 7.15pm
Madama Butterfly Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 17 May 7.15pm Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 31 May 7.15pm Eden Court, Inverness Sat 7 Jun 7.15pm His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 14 Jun 7.30pm
UK premiere Sung in English with English supertitles Part of the Edinburgh International Festival
August to September Bregenz | Edinburgh | London
A Co-production with The Opera Group, Bregenzer Festspiele and Young Vic in association with the London Sinfonietta Co-commissioned by The Opera Group and Komische Oper Berlin
Alban Berg’s Lulu has been a talking point since the composer died in 1935, leaving the third act incomplete. Of the several endings that have been written since, none has emerged as a definitive solution. Award-winning Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth looks at the entire opera afresh, with a radical reworking of the unfinished score. Her American Lulu premiered in Berlin in 2012. Now in a new production, it opens at Bregenzer Festspiele before heading to Scotland for its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival. Seductress, victim, manipulator: Lulu lives off men as both tortured and torturer, purveyor of ecstasy and angel of death. Caught up in greedy games and seedy schemes and with lovers driven to despair around her, Lulu makes an inexorable rise to the highest levels of power, money and fame. But her descent is just as swift. Twenty years on, as the scarred Lulu looks back on her life, she faces a squalid history of sex, murder and violence. Neuwirth sets the action against the backdrop of the US civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, transporting audiences to the smoky jazz clubs of the Deep South. Re-interpreting Berg’s score for a jazz-inspired ‘Las Vegas’-style ensemble, she integrates her own distinctive voice to create a soundworld that casts new light on the whole opera. American soprano Angel Blue sings Lulu and renowned British jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth is Eleanor. Leading contemporary music specialist Gerry Cornelius conducts and John Fulljames (The Adventures of Mr Brouček 2010) directs.
‘Neuwirth is a shrewd composer with a bold imagination.’ Financial Times, 2012
A new interpretation of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu
Conductor Gerry Cornelius Director John Fulljames Designer Magda Willi Lighting Guy Hoare Video Design Finn Ross Sound Design Carolyn Downing Lulu Angel Blue Eleanor Jacqui Dankworth Dr Bloom Donald Maxwell Clarence Robert Winslade Anderson Jimmy Jonathan Stoughton Painter/Young Man Paul Curievici Athlete Simon Wilding Professor/Banker/Commissioner Paul Reeves Running time 1 hr 40 mins approximately (no interval) With The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. London performances accompanied by the London Sinfonietta. Go to youngvic.org for details. For dates, venues and Box Office information, go to pages 44 to 53.
Revival of the 2011 production Sung in English Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A Co-production with Company Chordelia
‘An inventively realised and vibrant spectacle.’ The Scotsman, 2011
The Seven Deadly Sins Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s sassy 1930s satire is a remarkable fusion of opera, dance and theatre. Director Kally Lloyd-Jones won a coveted Herald Angel award in 2011 for her sharp and vibrant take on their critique of Capitalism. Setting the action in a 1930s film studio, her production embodies both the glamour, and the desperation, of the time. Anna l and Anna ll, two facets of one personality, set out to make money to build their impoverished family a home. They are thrust into the seedier side of Depression-era America and, as they travel from town to town, are faced with each of the seven deadly sins in turn. Though one pushes the other to sacrifice her integrity for financial gain, they appear to survive unscathed. But is failing to engage in life to avoid temptation a virtue, or is it the worst sin of all? Weill’s synthesis of jazz, barbershop and classical styles deftly steers the mood of the story. With a barbershop quartet, a man in the role of Mother and a full orchestration that mixes brass and banjo, there’s more than a hint of Berlin cabaret in this sharp, sexy show. Soprano Nadine Livingston and dancer Kirsty Pollock reprise their roles as Anna I and Anna II. Jessica Cottis, recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducts. Each performance is preceded by rarely seen documentary film footage from the time – doors open 40 mins before each show.
Conductor Jessica Cottis Director/Choreographer Kally Lloyd-Jones Designer Janis Hart Lighting Grahame Gardner SINGERS Anna I Nadine Livingston Father Rónan Busfield Mother Barnaby Rea Brother Damian Thantrey Brother Peter Van Hulle DANCERS Anna II Kirsty Pollock Male roles Peter Baldwin ACTOR Nicole Owens Translation W H Auden and Chester Kallman Running time 40 mins approximately (no interval) On sale 30 May 2013. For dates, venues and Box Office information, go to pages 44 to 53. Part of our 2013 Fringe season with Last One Out, BabyO and SensoryO.
Dance Derby Strict rules, extreme conditions and ferocious competition. The Dance Marathons of the 1930s could last for months, with competitors stopping for only 10 minutes every two hours to sleep or change their clothes, eating while they danced. Ten dancers, an MC and a six-piece jazz ensemble bring this drama to life to a soundtrack of songs from the era, performed by soprano Nadine Livingston. Kally Lloyd-Jones directs and Kennedy Aitchison leads the band. For dates and venues, go to pages 44 to 53.
New production Sung in English
September to November Touring Scotland
Supported by The Alexander Gibson Circle and Eda, Lady Jardine Charitable Trust
DID YOU KNOW?
Rodelinda was an integral part of the 20th-century Handel revival – it was the first of his operas to be performed in the UK in over 200 years.
Director Chris Rolls and designer Oliver Townsend use their extensive theatrical expertise to capture the drama, and the elegance, of one of Handel’s most successful operas. Against a backdrop of faded Baroque grandeur, a cast of very contemporary characters tells a compelling tale of tyranny, love and the corrupting nature of power. Bertarido, King of Lombardy, has been defeated in battle and his enemy Grimoaldo has seized his throne. Bertarido’s queen, Rodelinda, mourns bitterly, little knowing that her husband is feigning death in order to exact revenge. Alone in a world of ruthless Machiavellian intrigue, where every wall has ears, she agrees to marry Grimoaldo. Distraught, Bertarido dismisses her as faithless, but allegiances change in the flick of a knife, and nothing is ever quite what it seems. Touring 16 of Scotland’s smaller venues in Autumn 2013, Rodelinda is accompanied by three instrumentalists – on harpsichord, violin and cello – giving a strong flavour of the orchestra for which Handel originally wrote. The sensuous score is full of fragility, beauty and darkness, contrasting moments of frantic energy with those of exquisite stillness, and reflecting the human passions at its core.
Director Chris Rolls Designer Oliver Townsend Lighting Mark Howland Rodelinda Sarah Power# Bertarido Andrew Radley Unulfo Reno Troilus Grimoaldo Richard Rowe Garibaldo Andrew McTaggart# Eduige Sioned Gwen Davies# Translation Andrew Jones Instrumental arrangement Derek Clark #Scottish Opera Emerging Artist
Running time 2 hrs 20 mins approximately On sale Summer 2013. For dates and venues, go to pages 44 to 47.
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Revival of the 2005 production
March to April Glasgow | Edinburgh Also touring Scotland Autumn 2014
‘Brilliantly staged and beautifully performed.’ The Courier, 2005
Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, revives his brooding, atmospheric Macbeth in celebration of the 2014 Year of Homecoming. Inspired by events in the war-torn Balkans, Hill’s production is at once contemporary and ageless; a world of camouflage-clad leaders and grungy, chain-smoking witches, where power is all, but it comes at a price. Macbeth has heard a prophecy, given to him by three hags, that he will become King. His wife, spurred by ambition, persuades him to seize his opportunity and kill Duncan, who currently sits on the throne. Murder follows murder, and soon Macbeth has the blood of two men on his hands. Haunted by apparitions, visions and guilt, he returns to the witches for guidance, but their words give him little comfort in his future. Unsettling and full of tension, Hill’s production underlines the drama of Shakespeare’s play and the brilliance of Verdi’s score, here performed by chamber orchestra. Desperate and furious, at times ethereal and visionary, Verdi’s music becomes even more immediate in this intimate setting, the tragedy even more intense. New Music Director Emmanuel Joel-Hornak conducts.
Conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak Director Dominic Hill Designer Tom Piper Lighting Warren Letton Movement Director Kally Lloyd-Jones Macbeth David Stephenson Lady Macbeth Elisabeth Meister Banquo/Doctor Thomas Faulkner Macduff Anthony Flaum Witches Katie Bird, Sioned Gwen Davies# Reduced orchestration Tony Burke #Scottish Opera Emerging Artist
Running time 2 hrs 40 mins approximately For dates, venues and Box Office information, go to pages 44 to 53.
With players from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera
Concert performance Sung in Italian with English supertitles
DID YOU KNOW?
Puccini died before completing the third act of Turandot – the ending we are performing was written by Franco Alfano.
Puccini’s final opera is a fitting finale to an astonishing career – epic, exciting, full of drama and packed with melodic ingenuity. Written for a cast and orchestra of over 160, this huge work features some of the most thrilling music in Italian opera, including ‘the’ tenor aria made so famous by Luciano Pavarotti: ‘Nessun dorma’. Turandot, daughter of the Emperor Altoum, has promised to marry whoever can solve her three riddles. To try and fail means execution but to Turandot’s horror, an unknown prince gives three correct answers. Turning the tables, he swears to go willingly to his death if she can but guess his name. With the whole city under threat of death unless they reveal his secret, it falls to Liù, a slave girl harbouring a secret passion, to save him from the baying crowd and teach them all the true nature of love. This one-off concert performance follows the sell-out successes of I Puritani in 2009 and Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in 2012, and takes the Company to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall for the first time since 2010. Conducted by Francesco Corti, Turandot features a wealth of talent on stage, including Welsh tenor Ryland Davies, leading British soprano Claire Rutter and world-famous bass-baritone Sir Willard White.
Conductor Francesco Corti Princess Turandot Claire Rutter The Emperor Altoum Ryland Davies Timur Sir Willard White The Unknown Prince José Ferrero Liù Eleanor Dennis Ping Nicholas Lester Pang Andrew Kennedy Pong Christopher Turner A Mandarin Jonathan May Running time 2 hrs 20 mins approximately For dates, venues and Box Office information, go to pages 44 to 53.
‘Beautifully understated and powerful.’ HHHHH The Scotsman, 2012
Revival of the 2012 production Sung in English Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe A Co-commission with Sound Festival
Supported by Creative Scotland
Last One Out Commissioned in partnership with Sound Festival in 2012, Last One Out is a haunting glimpse into one family’s tragic past. Originally created as a site-specific work for Fraserburgh Lighthouse, Scottish Opera Composer in Residence Gareth Williams and Random Accomplice co-founder Johnny McKnight revive their bittersweet tale of loss, memory and grief.
Music Gareth Williams Words Johnny McKnight Director Amanda Gaughan
What if you had a direct channel to the past? What if the past never really died but is just waiting for a light to be shone on it? A late-night radio host has an encounter with a caller that leaves her disturbed and distressed. A grief-stricken man returns to a lighthouse he visited as a child and begins to hear voices from the past, long since buried.
Running time 1 hr approximately (no interval)
Written for string trio and voice, Williams’ moving score mixes live and recorded performance, telling parts of the intertwining stories through a selection of evocative Country music tracks.
Part of our 2013 Fringe season with The Seven Deadly Sins, Dance Derby, BabyO and SensoryO.
Man Matthew Stiff Girl Jennifer Neil Woman Anita Vettesse (recorded vocals)
On sale 30 May 2013. For dates, venues and Box Office information, go to pages 44 to 53.
Also Showing The Garden – a Sound Festival commission by John and Zinnie Harris. Go to patersonsland.co.uk for details. 22
‘Utterly flippin’ brilliant. Haven’t enjoyed a concert so much in a long time.’ Audience member, 2013
Supported by The Friends of Scottish Opera
February to April Touring Scotland
Opera Highlights Each year we take four singers and a pianist out and about around Scotland, travelling the highways and byways, by land, air and sea, to take a musical mix of opera highlights to some of the country’s smallest and most remote venues. This season we’re celebrating Opera Highlights’ 20th anniversary and we’re out on the road again. Come February we’ll be packing our van full of props and costumes to bring you a fun-filled evening of music and good company. Whether you’re new to opera or a seasoned fan, there’s sure to be something for you, be it a tune you’re discovering for the first time or an old favourite you’ll be humming all the way home. This year’s singers are mezzo-soprano Máire Flavin (Orpheus in the Underworld 2011), tenor Paul Curievici (In the Locked Room 2012), and two of our 2013/14 Emerging Artists – soprano Sarah Power and baritone Andrew McTaggart.
Director Lissa Lorenzo# Music Directors/Pianists Claire Haslin & Ruth Wilkinson Soprano Sarah Power# Mezzo-soprano Máire Flavin Tenor Paul Curievici Baritone Andrew McTaggart# #Scottish Opera Emerging Artist
Running time 2 hrs approximately On sale Winter 2013. For dates and venues, go to pages 44 to 47.
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‘The Orchestra of Scottish Opera has never sounded so good.’ The Scotsman, 2013
The Orchestra of Scottish Opera in Concert Each of the players in our fabulous orchestra specialises in opera, but that isn’t where their talents end. Our annual concert series gives you the chance to see them performing music you wouldn’t necessarily hear in the theatre. This year, the concerts are curated and conducted by our new Music Director Emmanuel Joel-Hornak, who says ‘I have chosen these programmes to complement what’s on offer elsewhere in our season. The first looks to Don Giovanni, with Mozart’s magnificent ‘Linz’ Symphony, and Shostakovich’s ironic Mozartian 9th. The second, like Don Giovanni, explores the theme of the individual facing society and destiny. And in the third, we will hear how a great Russian composer, Stravinsky, imagined Italy, much as Puccini dreamed a vision of Japan in Madama Butterfly. In this centenary year of Britten’s birth, we also pay homage to his extraordinary music, with his lovely Suite on English Folk Tunes, and part of his powerful opera Peter Grimes. And, as we round off with Vaughan Williams’ 5th Symphony, the British music of the 20th-century becomes the link for our musical journey through each of the three concerts.’
Sun 6 Oct 3pm St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow Mozart Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K.477 Mozart Symphony No.36 in C Major, K.425 (‘Linz’) Britten Suite on English Folk Tunes, Op.90 Shostakovich Symphony No.9 in E flat Major, Op.70 Sat 16 Nov 7.30pm Paisley Abbey Verdi Overture: La forza del destino Britten Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64 Sun 1 Jun 3pm St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow Stravinsky Pulcinella Vaughan Williams Symphony No.5 in D Major Tickets on sale Summer 2013. Go to scottishopera.org.uk for details.
‘Singing for my national opera company is a real privilege and the perfect start to my career.’ Andrew McTaggart, Emerging Artist 2012/13 and 2013/14
Emerging Artists Nurturing the talent of the future Supported by The Robertson Trust and Emerging Artists Benefactors Scottish Opera has a long history of developing talent; from performance to the creation of new work, we’ve always seen our duty to the future of opera in Scotland as an integral part of our activity. Our Emerging Artists programme gives young artists the opportunity of a lifetime – a period of full-time work with the Company to help them launch their careers. Initially set up in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to nurture outstanding young singers, the programme now also includes positions for a director, a repetiteur and a composer in residence. You can hear our Emerging Artist singers performing in several of our operas – their roles are listed in this brochure on each individual opera page. They will also be appearing in Opera Highlights 2014, Platypus in Boots, our new Christmas show for 3 to 5 year olds, and as part of Glasgow University’s Lunchtime Concert Series on 6 Feb 2014 at 1.10pm. Composer in Residence Gareth Williams’ short opera Last One Out is showing as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. Lissa Lorenzo will be directing several projects for the Company across the season, including a production for our Connect Youth Company in March 2014 and Opera Highlights.
This year’s Emerging Artists are: Soprano Sarah Power Mezzo-soprano Sioned Gwen Davies Baritone Andrew McTaggart* Director Lissa Lorenzo Composer in Residence Gareth Williams Repetiteur to be announced Summer 2013 *The Robertson Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist 2013/14 For more information on our Emerging Artists programme, go to scottishopera.org.uk
Our Emerging Artists Benefactors are investing in the future of talented young artists in Scotland. To join them, call 0141 242 0593.
REVIVALS OF THE 2009 AND 2012 PRODUCTIONS Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Supported by The EsmĂŠe Fairbairn Foundation
August to October Edinburgh | Touring Scotland
BabyO& SensoryO Introduce your child to a world of sound and song in our 30-minute interactive shows BabyO For babies aged between 6 and 18 months BabyO is a multi-sensory experience full of song, music, sight, touch and texture. Created for babies and their carers to enjoy together, it takes you into a secret garden full of busy bees, ducks and splashing fish where youâ€™ll meet our singers and begin your adventure. Seamlessly combining recorded music with live singing, BabyO uses simple sounds, words and movement to help stimulate the beginnings of language development in a relaxed and intimate setting.
SensoryO For toddlers aged between 18 months and 3 years SensoryO is rich in sound, rhythm and music and introduces toddlers to live performance in a fun, engaging environment. Set in a magical, night-time world where anything is possible, SensoryO takes you on a train ride through the jungle to meet a friendly lion who sleeps under the stars. The set is inviting and tactile, with its unique audience in mind, and the show features a mix of live and recorded vocals and exciting percussive sounds to inspire the imagination and bring the adventure to life.
Composer Rachel Drury Designer Ali Maclaurin Director Lissa Lorenzo# Choreographer Linda Payne #Scottish Opera Emerging Artist
Edinburgh dates on sale 30 May 2013. For dates, venues and Box Office information, go to pages 44 to 53. SensoryO will also be
touring Scotland in Autumn 2013. Dates coming soon. Go to scottishopera.org.uk for details. Part of our 2013 Fringe season with The Seven Deadly Sins, Dance Derby and Last One Out.
November to December Glasgow | Touring Scotland
DID YOU KNOW?
There is no official name for a young platypus but most people call them ‘platypups’!
A festive adventure for 3 to 5 year olds
I’ve arrived safe and sound in Scotland and am looking forward to a wonderful winter holiday! I’ve even bought some tartan boots to fit in! Wish you were here
A new, interactive musical adventure for 3 to 5 year olds, Platypus in Boots is created by writer and theatre-maker Martin O’Connor, and Rachel Drury, creator and composer of our ground-breaking shows for babies and toddlers – BabyO and SensoryO.
Music Rachel Drury Words Martin O’Connor Singers Sioned Gwen Davies#, Sarah Power#
Sydney the Platypus has travelled all the way from Australia to visit Glasgow and see snow for the first time. But it’s not easy being a tourist, especially when you look a little different and can’t understand the local lingo. All in all he’s a bit of a fish out of water, in desperate need of some friends. Come and help him find his way around the city and make his holiday one to remember!
On sale Autumn 2013. For Glasgow dates, go to pages 44 to 47. Touring dates coming soon. Go to scottishopera.org.uk for details.
A fun-filled mix of music, comedy and puppets, Platypus in Boots is based on the misunderstandings that can come from words – but is ultimately a celebration of differences. With a host of Glasgow characters, snowball fights and a Brussels Sprout Von Trapp sing-along, it’s Christmas fun, but not quite as we know it…
#Scottish Opera Emerging Artist
Interested in group bookings? Call 0141 332 9559 or email email@example.com
Free Events Widen your opera experience with in-depth talks, pop-up shows and back-stage insights
A Little Bit of…
Whether you’re new to opera or an old hand, you can find out more at Opera Unwrapped, a free hour-long taster that gives you the chance to see what the shows we stage are all about.
A Little Bit of… takes opera out of the theatre, with the shows we perform in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen cleverly re-written into lively 20-minute versions. Based on a form of Japanese storytelling, the stories unfold to a series of colourful illustrations, brought to life by a storyteller, singer and two instrumentalists.
Presented from the set of each production, our Unwrapped events involve singers, back-stage crew and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. You’ll hear highlights from the music and be introduced to the principal characters from the opera, the plot and some key scenes. You’ll also find out more about the props, costumes, lighting and direction, as well as some of the theatrical secrets behind the production. Tickets are free but should be reserved by calling the Box Office at your chosen venue. Don Giovanni Unwrapped Theatre Royal Glasgow Thu 17 Oct 6pm His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Fri 1 Nov 6pm Eden Court, Inverness Fri 8 Nov 6pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Fri 15 Nov 6pm Don Pasquale Unwrapped Theatre Royal Glasgow Thu 30 Jan 6pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Wed 19 Feb 6pm Madama Butterfly Unwrapped Festival Theatre Edinburgh Fri 9 May 6pm Theatre Royal Glasgow Thu 22 May 6pm Eden Court, Inverness Fri 6 Jun 6pm His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Fri 13 Jun 6pm
Look out for performances of A Little Bit of Don Giovanni and A Little Bit of Madama Butterfly in bookshops, cafés and community venues near you. Dates and venues will be confirmed soon – keep an eye on scottishopera.org.uk for more details.
Pre-show talks Want to know even more about the opera you’re going to see? Look out for a performance with a Pre-show talk. These free half-hour sessions delve deeper into the opera, enhancing your enjoyment and extending your knowledge of the piece. Tickets are free but should be reserved by calling the Box Office at your chosen venue. Limited availability. Don Giovanni Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 26 Oct 6pm His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 2 Nov 6pm Eden Court, Inverness Sat 9 Nov 6pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 23 Nov 6pm Don Pasquale Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 1 Feb 6pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 22 Feb 6pm Madama Butterfly Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 17 May 6pm Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 31 May 6pm Eden Court, Inverness Sat 7 Jun 6pm His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 14 Jun 6pm
Thank you Every season brings something new, and this is thanks to the generous support we receive from Scottish Opera audiences, participants and donors. 2012/13 was quite a year for the Company as we celebrated our 50th Anniversary. Here are just some of the projects we have made strides in, with your help.
‘We look forward to following the progress of such talented young people, knowing we have helped set them on their path.’
‘I’m really beginning to find my feet as a young artist…I have been given a real head start to a fulfilling and long-term career.’
Jean Cater, Assistant Director, The Leverhulme Trust
Marie Claire Breen, Emerging Artist 2010/12
Engaging with 14-21 year old aspiring singers and orchestral musicians, Connect grows in ambition every year. Participants are given unique access to the expertise of a national performing company, and to a wide range of training, mentoring and performance opportunities.
We have introduced three new disciplines to our very successful Emerging Artists programme. As well as for singers, we now provide fantastic opportunities for a composer in residence, a repetiteur and a young director to develop their careers in a professional working environment.
Principal supporter The Leverhulme Trust
Principal supporters The Robertson Scholarship Trust, The John Mather Charitable Trust and Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists Benefactors
Partnership with Alzheimer Scotland ‘It helped me find my Dad again. I’d lost him for a while to this illness.’ Carer, 2012
This innovative three-year partnership started in 2012. Throughout the year a group of those with dementia, and their carers, have been taking part in workshops designed to enhance physical and mental wellbeing through music and the arts. Principal supporter The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Sponsored by Logica
Voices of Glasgow ‘We’re from all walks of life, and we all fulfilled a dream…’ Project participant, 2012
Our new partnership with Lodging House Mission works with those affected by homelessness in Glasgow’s East End. In April 2012 the group performed their first community opera, of their own devising. Furthering personal development and building confidence, the project continues to go from strength to strength. Principal supporter The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Many of our education activities are also supported by Scottish Opera’s Education Angels. Find out how you can join them and help us spread the magic of opera. Call 0141 242 0593 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opposite: The Elephant Angel, 2012, featuring three members of our Connect Chorus. Supported by Garfield Weston Foundation, The Barcapel Foundation, Hugh Fraser Foundation and donors to The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2010.
Join in! Activities for kids of all ages from 1 to 101!
Parent & Toddler Class
Scottish Opera Connect
This fun, weekly class for toddlers and their carers features songs, rhymes, movement, games and storytelling inspired by the language and culture of Spain. Featuring percussion instruments, props, puppets and more, the classes are led by Daniela Hathaway – a native Spanish speaker, Colourstrings-trained teacher and classical singer.
Principal supporter The Leverhulme Trust
For 1 to 3 year olds
Scottish Opera Production Studios Autumn Term 2013 Wed 2 Oct to Wed 27 Nov Spring Term 2014 Wed 5 Feb to Wed 26 Mar Summer Term 2014 Wed 30 Apr to Wed 18 Jun On sale Summer 2013. Go to scottishopera.org.uk for details.
Sing Up Saturdays For 3 to 6 year olds
Opera is all about telling exciting, larger-than-life stories in which fantastic and sometimes unbelievable things happen, so it’s the perfect art form for kids to really let go and enjoy themselves. These weekly classes are run by a small, handpicked team made up of a singer, a language teacher and a visual arts specialist. Through song, games, art activities, drama, dance and more, they bring to life the music, language, culture and traditions of Spain and Italy, the home of opera. Scottish Opera Production Studios Autumn Term 2013 Sat 5 Oct to Sat 30 Nov Spring Term 2014 Sat 8 Feb to Sat 29 Mar Summer Term 2014 Sat 3 May to Sat 21 Jun On sale Summer 2013. Early booking recommended. Go to scottishopera.org.uk for details.
For 14 to 21 year olds
Scottish Opera Connect gives aspiring 14 to 21 year old singers and orchestral musicians a unique, practical introduction to the skills and experience needed to perform opera. The programme offers the chance to develop knowledge, technique and creative skills under the expert tutelage of Scotland’s top opera professionals. Connect Chorus Our Connect Chorus meets throughout the year for a programme of evening and weekend workshops, running from September to March. During the year the group works with a range of professionals involved in making opera in Scotland. Composers, conductors, voice coaches, stage directors, choreographers and designers come together to lead sessions on everything from singing and stagecraft to Alexander Technique and stage management. Connect Orchestra Like Connect Chorus, our Connect Orchestra follows a programme of evening and weekend sessions running from September to March. Professional players from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera work with the group as mentors throughout the course, helping to develop the musicianship needed to play for opera. Auditions for Connect 2014/15 will be held in January 2014. Look out for information this Autumn. Find out more at scottishopera.org.uk
Community Choir For adults of all ages
We need your voice! Set up in 2012 for adults living and working in the Speirs Lock area of Glasgow, our Community Choir is going from strength to strength. With a mix of opera, classical, popular, folk and world music, the choir meets on Wednesday evenings in our Production Studios. You don’t need to be able to read music or have any previous experience. Just come and give it a go and see what fun singing can be! Autumn rehearsals 2013 Wed 18 Sep to Wed 4 Dec Spring rehearsals 2014 Wed 29 Jan to Wed 16 Apr For more information, go to scottishopera.org.uk
Opposite: Adam Miller and our Connect Chorus in Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow, 2011.
Schools Scottish Operaâ€™s education activities range from our ever-popular Primary Schools Tour to secondary schools workshops and one-off creative collaborations with local councils and communities.
Primary Schools Tour Our Primary Schools Tour helps teachers all over Scotland deliver aspects of A Curriculum for Excellence. These children’s operas make learning exciting, challenging and creative and allow pupils to participate in a high-quality, day-long music theatre workshop, ending with a performance for parents and guests.
The Curse of the MacCabbra Opera House Music Alan Penman Lyrics Johnny McKnight Supported by The Cookie Matheson Charitable Trust
Enter if you dare…It’s midnight and the ghosts of the ancient MacCabbra Opera House are rising from their graves to help struggling writers Compo Zerr and Libby Retto finish their final masterpiece. Can they polish it off before the audience arrives? Will the critics slay their creation? And more importantly, will the hapless duo make it safely through the night?
AerialO 2013 Supported by The John Mather Charitable Trust
Building on the success of the last two years, pupils of mixed abilities from Ashcraig School and Smithycroft Secondary will once again team up to create an original performance work combining music, creative writing, film animation and both floor and aerial choreography. A team of Scottish Opera artists and animateurs will lead workshops before bringing all the participants together for a week-long residency in our Production Studios, culminating in two free public performances. Scottish Opera Production Studios Fri1 Nov 2013 Tickets available late Summer 2013. Go to scottishopera.org.uk for details.
A new gothic horror for upper primary pupils, The Curse of the MacCabbra Opera House is a crosscurricular extravaganza that explores the work that goes into creating an opera, both on-stage and off. Spring 2014 Summer 2014
20 Jan to 4 Apr 28 Apr to 27 Jun
Opera Unwrapped for Children For P6 & P7 school groups
A glimpse behind the scenes of our opera productions. This year primary pupils will hear the orchestra, singers and back-stage crew introducing the plot, characters and music of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. They will find out what an opera is, what makes it unique, and discover some secrets from behind the scenes. They will also see the costumes, sets, props, lighting, singers and orchestra come together to create an opera live on stage.
Bookings are now being taken for our 2014 Primary Schools Tour. If you would like to book for this or any of our other projects, or would like to speak to someone about arranging a creative collaboration with Scottish Opera, call the Education Department on 0141 332 9559 or go to scottishopera.org.uk for more information.
Encountering opera for the first time can be a life-changing experience. You can help us spread the magic by becoming an Education Angel. From just £5 a month, you’ll be supporting our work with children and adults all over Scotland. To find out more, call 0141 242 0593, email email@example.com
Play your par t Help us bring new productions to the stage
Once you’ve bought your tickets for the season, how about getting more involved with Scottish Opera by supporting our productions? The Alexander Gibson Circle The Alexander Gibson Circle was created to support new productions – like this year’s Rodelinda. Visiting 16 of the smaller venues across Scotland with a cast of talented young singers and accompanied by a three-player Baroque ensemble, it promises a night of exquisite music and high drama, making full use of director Chris Rolls’ theatrical expertise. Giving your support on an annual basis means Scottish Opera can look to the future with confidence and ambition, and it allows us to devise more exciting and imaginative programming for the coming years. Join over 400 Scottish Opera enthusiasts and become a Patron for as little as £12.50 a month. You’ll be credited in our mainstage production programmes and enjoy invitations to behind-the-scenes events and priority booking, as well as receiving Brio, our supporters’ magazine, three times a year.
Don Giovanni Play a supporting role... ...but which character will you choose? Fiery Donna Elvira? Put-upon lackey Leporello? The Commendatore? How about a gondolier or a Venetian fisherman? Or maybe even the Don himself? You can play your part in bringing our fantastic new production of Don Giovanni to the stage by supporting a character from the opera. In return, you will be invited to special events with the cast and director, Sir Thomas Allen, and have your name next to your chosen character in the Don Giovanni programme. Supporting a character starts at just £25 and all funds raised go directly to support the opera.
Join the Friends and make friends Each year, The Friends of Scottish Opera support our Opera Highlights tour, helping us to take top quality performances to some of Scotland’s smallest and most remote communities. For less than £4 a month you can join them. You’ll not only be supporting Scottish Opera, you’ll have access to Friends’ events and a whole community of opera enthusiasts just like you.
‘Helping to ensure that great opera is performed in Scotland is the main reason I decided to support Scottish Opera. I want to ensure that anyone can enjoy a performance, wherever they may live!’ Caroline Graham Brown, Silver Patron of The Alexander Gibson Circle
For more information and to play your part, visit our website, call 0141 242 0593 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opposite: The Flying Dutchman, 2013. Supported by The Alexander Gibson Circle.
Set your business apart Whatever the size of your company, you can enhance its image by association with Scotland’s largest performing arts organisation. It could be just the ticket for you and your business.
‘We came as guests of Navigant when they sponsored Scottish Opera’s The Magic Flute Unwrapped in November 2012. We were so impressed with the experience, we signed up to sponsor The Pirates of Penzance Unwrapped this summer!’ Ian Harris, Chief Operating Officer, BNY Mellon
With Scottish Opera you can:
• Align your company with the brilliance of what happens on stage with our range of performance sponsorship options • Dazzle your clients by treating them to a night at the opera with one of our entertainment packages • Enhance your CSR programme by supporting our education and outreach activities • Showcase your goods and services by providing in-kind sponsorship
New to arts sponsorship?
If your company is new to sponsoring the arts, your sponsorship could be eligible for a Scottish Government New Arts Sponsorship Grant, potentially doubling the value of your support and enhancing the benefits to your business.
To find out more, call 0141 242 0553 or email email@example.com
A huge thank you to all our business sponsors and corporate members:
Thanks also to our corporate donors and in-kind sponsors: Cairn Energy, Capital Solutions, Hilton Glasgow, Inverarity One to One, Hunter Property Fund Management, La Bonne Auberge, Linde Material Handling, Loganair, Northlink Ferries, Thistle Hotel and 21 Colour Limited.
The Orchestra of Scottish Opera Our fabulous orchestra is available for hire, for private or corporate events, studio recording sessions, concerts, ballet, festivals and tours, or in smaller groups including brass ensembles, wind or string quartets, and as soloists. The Orchestra plays for the Companyâ€™s own activity but also works with a huge variety of other artists from all sorts of musical genres, including Lou Reed, Marti Pellow, Eddi Reader, Nicola Benedetti, Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, and Alfie Boe to name but a few. The Orchestra also regularly works with choral unions and societies around Scotland. If youâ€™d like to find out more about hiring The Orchestra of Scottish Opera for your event, call Jay Allen, Orchestra & Concerts Director, on 0141 242 0561 or 07802 607700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hireus! Scenery, costumes and props
All the scenery, costumes and props featured in our productions are created or sourced by the talented staff at our Production Studios in Glasgow. These highly skilled artisans also work on a wide variety of external projects, giving each one the same attention to detail and high level of care. The teams in our Scenic Workshops build and finish scenery and props to an excellent standard, employing carpenters, metal workers, prop makers and painters and using a variety of methods and materials. The Wardrobe Department undertakes period and contemporary tailoring and dressmaking, working with opera houses and theatres around the world. Our extensive stock of props, costumes and accessories is available for hire, and our workshops can be commissioned by external clients. For more information or to make an enquiry, contact our Technical Department on 0141 332 9559.
Theatre Royal Glasgow Building for the Future
We’re making some changes at the theatre which we hope will make your visits even more enjoyable.
The distinctive curve of the new building; artist’s impressions of the foyer and café, and the education suite; the columns emerging.
Work is well underway to improve the theatre’s public spaces by building a dramatic new entrance that will house fantastic facilities and greatly improve access to all levels. With new lifts, spacious foyers, better bars and more toilets, we’re bringing the theatre firmly into the 21st century. During the Summer of 2013, we’ll be changing the seating layout in the Stalls and Dress Circle to improve sightlines in the auditorium. The Café Royal ‘wing’ of the theatre was demolished in January 2013 to make way for the new building and, as the building work progresses, its distinctive curved shape and columns are already apparent. The work will be complete in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014, and the theatre will be open as usual except for a short period from February to April 2014 to enable the final ‘joining up’ of the new extension with the current theatre. Look out for the information leaflets in the theatre and keep an eye on the Scottish Opera website at scottishopera.org.uk for regular updates. Or, for more information on supporting this project, call 0141 242 0615 or email email@example.com Supported by The Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and Glasgow City Council.
‘The Theatre Royal transformation is both timely and forward thinking. We were impressed that the practical challenges and shortcomings of the building were being addressed with a bold and stunning design. The Foyle Foundation is very pleased to be a supporter of such ambitious plans.’ David Hall, Chief Executive of The Foyle Foundation
Performance Diary season 2013 14
Edinburgh Festivals August 2013 Edinburgh International Festival performances Kingâ€™s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh | eif.co.uk American Lulu
Fri 30, Sat 31 Aug 7.15pm
Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances Patersonâ€™s Land, 37 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh | patersonsland.co.uk SensoryO
Fri 9 to Mon 26 Aug, 10am daily (excluding Mon 12 and Mon 19 Aug)
Fri 9 to Mon 26 Aug, 11.30am daily (excluding Mon 12 and Mon 19 Aug)
Last One Out
Fri 9 to Mon 26 Aug, 5.15pm daily (excluding Mon 12 and Mon 19 Aug)
Wed 14, Thu 15, Fri 16 & Sat 17 Aug, 8pm Wed 21, Fri 23, Sat 24 & Mon 26 Aug, 7.30pm Thu 22 Aug, 10pm
The Seven Deadly Sins
Tue 20 & Thu 22 Aug, 8pm Wed 21 & Fri 23 Aug, 10.30pm
Doors open 40 mins before The Seven Deadly Sins, during which time 1930s film footage will be shown.
AUG 2013 Fri 16 Aug 8pm Sat 17 Aug 8pm Wed 28 Aug 7.30pm Thu 29 Aug 8pm Fri 30 Aug 7.30pm
American Lulu American Lulu Dance Derby Dance Derby Dance Derby
Bregenz Festival, Austria Bregenz Festival, Austria Universal Hall, Findhorn One Touch, Eden Court, Inverness Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
SEP 2013 Sun 1 Sep 7.30pm Fri 13 Sep 7.30pm Sat 14 Sep 7pm Tue 17 Sep 7.30pm Wed 18 Sep 7.30pm Fri 20 Sep 7.30pm Sat 21 Sep 7.30pm Mon 23 Sep 7.30pm Tue 24 Sep 7.30pm Thu 26 Sep 7.30pm
Dance Derby American Lulu American Lulu American Lulu American Lulu American Lulu American Lulu American Lulu American Lulu Rodelinda
Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock Young Vic, London Young Vic, London Young Vic, London Young Vic, London Young Vic, London Young Vic, London Young Vic, London Young Vic, London The Beacon, Greenock
Rodelinda Rodelinda Rodelinda Orchestral Concert Rodelinda Rodelinda Rodelinda Don Giovanni Rodelinda Don Giovanni Unwrapped Rodelinda Don Giovanni Rodelinda Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Rodelinda Don Giovanni Rodelinda Don Giovanni Rodelinda Rodelinda Don Giovanni Rodelinda
Nevis Centre, Fort William Macphail Theatre, Ullapool An Lanntair, Stornoway St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow Wick High School One Touch, Eden Court, Inverness Haddo House, Ellon Theatre Royal Glasgow Macrobert, Stirling Theatre Royal Glasgow Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries Theatre Royal Glasgow Victoria Halls, Helensburgh Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Gardyne Theatre, Dundee Theatre Royal Glasgow Deeside Theatre, Aboyne Theatre Royal Glasgow Nairn Community & Arts Centre Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Tait Hall, Kelso
OCT 2013 Tue 1 Oct 7.30pm Thu 3 Oct 7.30pm Sat 5 Oct 7.30pm Sun 6 Oct 3pm Tue 8 Oct 7.30pm Thu 10 Oct 7.30pm Sat 12 Oct 7.30pm Tue 15 Oct 7.15pm Tue 15 Oct 7.30pm Thu 17 Oct 6pm Thu 17 Oct 7.30pm Fri 18 Oct 7.15pm Sat 19 Oct 7.30pm Sun 20 Oct 4pm Tue 22 Oct 7.15pm Tue 22 Oct 7.30pm Thu 24 Oct 7.15pm Thu 24 Oct 7.30pm Sat 26 Oct 7.15pm Sat 26 Oct 7.30pm Tue 29 Oct 7.30pm Thu 31 Oct 7.30pm Thu 31 Oct 7.30pm
NOV/DEC 2013 Fri 1 Nov 3pm Fri 1 Nov 6pm Fri 1 Nov 7pm Sat 2 Nov 7.30pm Sat 2 Nov 7.30pm Thu 7 Nov 7.15pm Fri 8 Nov 6pm Sat 9 Nov 7.15pm Thu 14 Nov 7.15pm Fri 15 Nov 6pm Sat 16 Nov 7.30pm Sun 17 Nov 4pm Tue 19 Nov 7.15pm Thu 21 Nov 7.15pm Sat 23 Nov 7.15pm Wed 27 Nov 10am & 1pm Thu 28 Nov 10am & 1pm Fri 29 Nov 10am & 1pm Sat 30 Nov 10am & 1pm Sun 1 Dec 10am & 1pm
AerialO Don Giovanni Unwrapped AerialO Don Giovanni Rodelinda Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Unwrapped Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Unwrapped Orchestral Concert Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Platypus in Boots Platypus in Boots Platypus in Boots Platypus in Boots Platypus in Boots
Production Studios, Glasgow His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Production Studios, Glasgow His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen The Brunton, Musselburgh Eden Court, Inverness Eden Court, Inverness Eden Court, Inverness Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Paisley Abbey Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Production Studios, Glasgow Production Studios, Glasgow Production Studios, Glasgow Production Studios, Glasgow Production Studios, Glasgow
Don Pasquale Don Pasquale Don Pasquale Don Pasquale Unwrapped
Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow
Don Pasquale Emerging Artists’ Recital Don Pasquale Don Pasquale Unwrapped Don Pasquale Don Pasquale Opera Highlights Opera Highlights
Theatre Royal Glasgow Concert Hall, University of Glasgow Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Howden Park Centre, Livingston Craignish Village Hall, Ardfern
Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Macbeth Opera Highlights
Bunessan Community Centre, Mull Ballachulish Village Hall Seall at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye Gairloch Community Centre Carrbridge Village Hall Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall Black Isle Community Theatre, Fortrose Morrison’s Academy Hall, Crieff Midmar Village Hall Citizens Theatre, Glasgow Montrose Town Hall
JAN 2014 Fri 24 Jan 7.15pm Sun 26 Jan 4pm Wed 29 Jan 7.15pm Thu 30 Jan 6pm
FEB 2014 Sat 1 Feb 7.15pm Thu 6 Feb 1.10pm Tue 18 Feb 7.15pm Wed 19 Feb 6pm Thu 20 Feb 7.15pm Sat 22 Feb 7.15pm Tue 25 Feb 7.30pm Thu 27 Feb 7.30pm
MAR 2014 Sat 1 Mar 7.30pm Tue 4 Mar 7.30pm Thu 6 Mar 7.30pm Sat 8 Mar 7.30pm Tue 11 Mar 7.30pm Thu 13 Mar 7.30pm Sat 15 Mar 7.30pm Tue 18 Mar 7.30pm Thu 20 Mar 7.30pm Sat 22 Mar 7.30pm Sat 22 Mar 7.30pm
Touring dates for SensoryO and Platypus in Boots coming soon – go to scottishopera.org.uk for details. 46
Tue 25 Mar 7.30pm Thu 27 Mar 7.30pm Thu 27 Mar 7.30pm Sat 29 Mar 7.30pm Sat 29 Mar 7.30pm Sun 30 Mar 4pm
Opera Highlights Macbeth Opera Highlights Macbeth Opera Highlights Turandot
Corn Exchange, Cupar Citizens Theatre, Glasgow Dalbeattie Town Hall Citizens Theatre, Glasgow Victoria Hall, Selkirk Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Macbeth Macbeth
Whiting Bay Village Hall, Arran Maybole Town Hall Village Theatre, East Kilbride King’s Theatre Edinburgh King’s Theatre Edinburgh
Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly Unwrapped Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly Unwrapped Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly
Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow
Orchestral Concert Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly Unwrapped Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly Unwrapped Madama Butterfly
St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow Eden Court, Inverness Eden Court, Inverness Eden Court, Inverness His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly
Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow
APR 2014 Tue 1 Apr 7.30pm Thu 3 Apr 7.30pm Sat 5 Apr 7.30pm Tue 8 Apr 7.15pm Thu 10 Apr 7.15pm
MAY 2014 Thu 8 May 7.15pm Fri 9 May 6pm Sun 11 May 4pm Tue 13 May 7.15pm Thu 15 May 7.15pm Sat 17 May 7.15pm Wed 21 May 7.15pm Thu 22 May 6pm Tue 27 May 7.15pm Thu 29 May 7.15pm Sat 31 May 7.15pm
JUN 2014 Sun 1 Jun 3pm Thu 5 Jun 7.15pm Fri 6 Jun 6pm Sat 7 Jun 7.15pm Thu 12 Jun 7.30pm Fri 13 Jun 6pm Sat 14 Jun 7.30pm
JUL/AUG 2014 Tue 29 Jul 7.15pm Thu 31 Jul 7.15pm Sun 3 Aug 4pm
DID YOU KNOW?
We are visiting 51 venues this season with 181 performances – that’s a show for every second day of the year.
Tickets for Glasgow performances of Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale and Madama Butterfly can be bought from:
Theatre Royal Glasgow 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA | atgtickets.com/glasgow Prices include £1 per ticket towards the restoration of the Theatre Royal.
TICKET PRICES £10-£73 Box Office Phone Sales: 0844 871 7647 9am-10pm, Monday-Saturday & 10am-8pm, Sunday. Counter Sales: in advance King’s Theatre, Bath Street, 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Theatre Royal Box Office from 1 hour before performances. Online Sales: atgtickets.com/glasgow
You can pay by Visa, Mastercard and Maestro. Please make cheques payable to Glasgow Theatres Ltd. A booking fee and transaction charge apply to all bookings excluding those made in person at the Box Office.
Day seats £9 There is a limited number of tickets available from 10am on the day of the performance. They can be booked in person at the King’s Theatre or by telephone. We reserve the right to limit the number of tickets to a maximum of two per person.
Discounts (*except Fri and Sat evenings) Full-time students and unwaged – £9 standby ticket, subject to availability on day of performance from 10am, in person at the King’s Theatre with valid ID. Limited to one per person. Wheelchair users and audio-description patrons – £11 tickets, all performances. *Over 60s and people with disabilities – £3 off tickets priced £10 or more. *Groups of 8 or more – 25% off all ticket prices. Call group bookings on 0844 871 7602 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday. Are you under 26? £10 tickets offer Book any ticket in any part of the theatre in advance of the performance and show valid ID when you collect your tickets from the Box Office. Go to scottishopera.org.uk for further details.
Tickets for Edinburgh performances of Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale and Madama Butterfly can be bought from:
Festival Theatre Edinburgh 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT | edtheatres.com Prices shown include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund.
TICKET PRICES £17.50-£78 Box Office Phone Sales: 0131 529 6000 11am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Counter Sales: 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday (until curtain up on performance nights). Online Sales: edtheatres.com Text relay: 18001 0131 529 6003
You can pay by Visa/Delta, Mastercard and Maestro. Please make cheques payable to Festival City Theatres Trust. A booking fee and handling fee apply to all bookings excluding those made in person at the Box Office.
Day seats £10 There is a limited number of tickets available from 10am on the day of performance. They can be booked in person only. We reserve the right to limit the number of tickets to a maximum of two per person.
Discounts (*except Fri and Sat evenings) *Full-time students and unwaged – £10 standby ticket, subject to availability on the day of performance from 10am, in person with valid ID. *Over 60s, unwaged, people with disabilities, Equity members, Arts workers, Friends of Festival and King’s Theatres, NHS employees, YoungScot card holders and full-time students – £3 off tickets (excluding day seats). People with disabilities/Wheelchair users/Audio-description patrons – please contact Box Office for details. *Groups of 8 or more – £6 off Stalls and Dress Circle seats. Call Group bookings on 0131 529 6005 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday (11am from 16 Sep 2013). *Schools/youth groups of 10 or more – £10 Stalls or Upper Circle. One teacher free for every 10 pupils booked. Call Group bookings on 0131 529 6005 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday (11am from 16 Sep 2013). Are you under 26? £10 tickets offer Book any ticket in any part of the theatre in advance of the performance and show valid ID when you collect your tickets from the Box Office. Go to scottishopera.org.uk for further details.
Tickets for Aberdeen performances of Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly can be bought from:
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Rosemont Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1GL | boxofficeaberdeen.com Prices include £1 per ticket towards the theatre’s restoration fund.
TICKET PRICES £17-£53
Box Office Phone Sales: 01224 641122 9.30am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Counter Sales: Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre 9.30am-6pm, Monday-Saturday (His Majesty’s Theatre Box Office 8pm on performance nights). Online Sales: boxofficeaberdeen.com
You can pay by Visa, Mastercard and Maestro. Booking fees apply.
Discounts APA Friends – £4 off Thursday performances. Students, over 60s, unemployed, claimants, people with disabilities and companion – £3 off tickets priced £15 or more. Audio-description patrons – please contact Box Office for details. Groups of 8 or more – £3 off plus one free ticket for every 15 purchased. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org School groups of 10 or more – £10 plus one free for every 10 booked. Rear Stalls or Upper Circle only.
Are you under 26? £10 tickets offer Book any ticket in any part of the theatre in advance of the performance and show valid ID when you collect your tickets from the Box Office. Go to scottishopera.org.uk for further details.
Tickets for Inverness performances of Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly can be bought from:
Eden Court, Inverness Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA | eden-court.co.uk Prices include £1 per ticket towards the Theatres Development Fund.
TICKET PRICES £17-£53
Box Office Phone Sales: 01463 234234 Monday-Saturday from 10am, Sundays from 11am. Counter Sales: Monday-Saturday from 10am, Sundays from 11am. Box Office closes 15 minutes after the last ticketed event of the day begins. Online Sales: eden-court.co.uk
You can pay by Visa, Mastercard and Maestro. Please make cheques payable to Eden Court. Booking fees apply.
Discounts Eden Court Friends – £2 off all seats. Students, over 60s, Jobseekers Allowance, ES40s, Registered Disabled plus companion – £3 off tickets priced £15 or more. Audio-description patrons – please contact Box Office for details. Groups of 10 or more – buy 10 tickets, get 11th free. School groups of 10 or more – £9 plus one teacher free for every 10 pupils booked.
Are you under 26? £10 tickets offer Book any ticket in any part of the theatre in advance of the performance and show valid ID when you collect your tickets from the Box Office. Go to scottishopera.org.uk for further details.
Tickets for American Lulu performances in Edinburgh can be bought from:
Hub Tickets, Edinburgh Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE | eif.co.uk
TICKET PRICES £15-£35 Box Office opening hours: Saturday 23 March to Saturday 13 July – 10am-5pm (closed Sundays). Monday 15 July to Sunday 28 July – 10am-6pm. Monday 29 July to Saturday 31 August – 9am-7.30pm, Monday-Saturday (Sundays from 10am). Box Office Phone Sales: 0131 473 2000 – see opening hours above. Counter Sales: in advance see opening hours above. Online Sales: eif.co.uk You can pay by Visa/Delta, Mastercard, American Express and Maestro. Please make cheques payable to Hub Tickets. Please note: a transaction fee applies to all bookings except those made online. Concessions available.
Tickets also available in person from: Festival Theatre Edinburgh, 13/29 Nicolson Street, 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday (until curtain up on performance nights) or from 1 hour before each performance at King’s Theatre Edinburgh, 2 Leven Street.
Tickets for The Seven Deadly Sins, Dance Derby, Last One Out, BabyO and SensoryO, all at Paterson’s Land, can be bought from:
Fringe Box Office
180 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QS | edfringe.com
TICKET PRICES VARY FOR EACH PRODUCTION Box Office opening hours: Thursday 30 May – 12pm-6pm. Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June – 10am-6pm. Monday 3 June to Saturday 13 July – 12pm-3pm (closed Sundays, phone lines open 10am-6pm). Monday 15 July to Sunday 28 July – 10am-6pm. Monday 29 July to 26 August – 10am-9pm. Box Office Phone Sales: 0131 226 0000 – see opening hours above. Counter Sales: in advance see opening hours above. Online Sales: edfringe.com You can pay by Visa, Mastercard and Maestro. Booking fees apply to telephone and online bookings.
Tickets also available from: Paterson’s Land, 37 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh Phone Sales: 0131 651 1421 – from Friday 9 August. Counter Sales: from Friday 9 August. Fringe Box Office, Queen Street Station, Glasgow Counter Sales: from 26 July to 26 August (Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm).
Tickets for Turandot can be bought from:
Usher Hall, Edinburgh Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA | usherhall.co.uk
TICKET PRICES £15-£40 Box Office Phone Sales: 0131 228 1155 10am-5.30pm, Monday-Saturday. Counter Sales: 10am-5.30pm, Monday-Saturday (or until performance starts) Online Sales: usherhall.co.uk
You can pay by Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Maestro. Please make cheques payable to The City of Edinburgh Council. Booking fees apply. A transaction charge of £1 also applies to telephone and online bookings. Concessions available.
Tickets for Edinburgh performances of Macbeth can be bought from:
King’s Theatre Edinburgh 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh EH3 9LQ | edtheatres.com Prices shown include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund.
TICKET PRICES £15-£29.50 Box Office Phone Sales: 0131 529 6000 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Counter Sales: in advance Festival Theatre Edinburgh, 13/29 Nicolson Street, 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday (until curtain up on performance nights) or from 1 hour before each performance at King’s Theatre Edinburgh. Online Sales: edtheatres.com
You can pay by Visa/Delta, Mastercard and Maestro. Please make cheques payable to Festival City Theatres Trust. A booking fee and handling fee apply to all bookings excluding those made in person at the Box Office.
Tickets for Glasgow performances of Macbeth can be bought from:
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow G5 9DS | citz.co.uk
TICKET PRICES £14.50-£22.50 Box Office Phone Sales: 0141 429 0022 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday, 8pm on performance nights. Counter Sales: 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday, 8pm on performance nights. Online Sales: citz.co.uk
You can pay by Visa, Mastercard and Maestro. Please make cheques payable to Citizens Theatre. Booking/handling fees may apply. Ask at time of booking.
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