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contents 2 Introduction to the Season Subscription 2014 | 15 5 Subscription information 6 La Cenerentola 8 Inés de Castro 10 Orfeo ed Euridice 12 Jenůfa 14 Il trovatore Commonwealth Games 2014 17 Madama Butterfly 18 Anamchara – Songs of Friendship
Image/photography credits © James Glossop – page 2 © KK Dundas – pages 4, 36 & 44 © Alexandra Bibby – page 6 © Natalia Drepina – page 12 © Despina Alexandrou – page 14 © Iain Piercy – page 16 © Bill Cooper – page 16 © Robyn Jane Photography – page 17 © Steve Green – pages 20 & 21 © Brian Allen – page 21 © Benoit Paillé – page 22 © Alain Kaiser/Opéra national du Rhin – pages 26 & 27 © Colin Hattersley – pages 26 & 27 © Bartosz Madejski – pages 35, 37, 39 & 40 © Eamonn McGoldrick – pages 36, 38 & 39 © Tommy Ga-Ken Wan – pages 37, 40 & 42 © Craig Dempster – page 40 Brochure © Scottish Opera 2014. Compiled by Scottish Opera. All details are printed in good faith and are correct at the time of going to press. Scottish Opera reserves the right to change programme and cast details at any time. Visual material contained within the brochure is illustrative and does not necessarily relate to staged productions. Printed by J. Thomson Colour Printers.
National Tours 22 Macbeth 24 Opera Highlights Family 28 Mister MacNeep has lost his Sheep! 29 The Walk from the Garden & Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow 30 KidO Recitals | Concerts 32 Sir Walter Scott and Opera 33 The Orchestra of Scottish Opera 34 35
New Talent Encouraging New Opera Opera Scenes National Opera Studio Emerging Artists
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Schools Join in! Free Events Audio-described performances and Touch Tours Box Office Information Performance Diary
Welcome to Scottish Opera’s 2014/15 Season – a wonderful celebration of an artform that is, by its very nature, full of drama. I like to think that our annual Season Brochure, as well as doing the obvious job of imparting vital information about what we are performing and how you can get your tickets, acts as a window on the full range of the Company’s activities. These are hugely diverse and, as you leaf through this year’s brochure, I’d like to take this opportunity to outline for you the thinking behind the activity the Company undertakes each season. First and foremost, we aim to make fabulous productions that get to both the heart of the story and the hearts of our audience. Following last year’s reduced season due to the closure of the Theatre Royal, I am delighted to be able to bring you a subscription season of 5 mainstage operas, and a further 6 smaller-scale productions that will do just that. This season you can see operas from 11 composers across 5 centuries in 3 languages – testament indeed to our ‘balanced basket’ approach to programming devised to satisfy the varied tastes of our audience. We take our remit as Scotland’s national opera company very seriously. We serve an audience in a country which, due to its unique geography, has the lowest population density in the UK: 5.2 million people spread over 78,000 square kilometres (equivalent to almost a third of the total landmass of the UK). This is why touring has always, and unashamedly, been part of our make-up – and you can see how far we go to share the joy of live opera on the opposite page. We actively seek out and nurture people with the talent to perform and create opera, to encourage and develop the opera ecology here in Scotland. And last but not least, we are committed to education and outreach that helps us sustain an audience for opera by encouraging newcomers of all ages to enjoy opera. I’m proud that this combination of activities makes Scottish Opera unique amongst European opera companies and I do hope you’ll find much to enjoy in this busy season.
Alex Reedijk, General Director
season 2014 | 15 125 performances, 44 venues, 36 towns, 13 shows, 10 new productions, 3 world premieres, 1 intrepid opera company
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1 Aberdeen 2 Arisaig 3 Ayr 4 Banchory 5 Bathgate 6 Benderloch 7 Bowmore 8 Brechin 9 Campbeltown 10 Castle Douglas 11 Dundee 12 Duns 13 Edinburgh 14 Ellon 15 Findhorn 16 Giffnock 17 Glasgow 18 Glenrothes 19 Golspie 20 Inverness 21 Killin 22 Kilmarnock 23 Langholm 24 Lerwick 25 Lochinver 26 Melrose 27 Newton Stewart 28 Oban 29 Peebles 30 Portree 31 Rutherglen 32 Stirling 33 Stornoway 34 Thurso 35 Torridon 36 Ullapool 3
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‘A charming show, coherent and profound’ Opéra, 2013
New co-production with Opéra national du Rhin Sung in Italian with English supertitles
October to November Glasgow | Aberdeen | Inverness | Edinburgh
Supported by The Alexander Gibson Circle
La Cenerentola This new co-production comes from a creative team fast making its name as expert in Rossini’s comedies. With more than a nod towards the traditions of commedia dell’arte, their take on this much-loved story of the triumph of love over malice is highly theatrical. Mixing fairytale fantasy with heightened reality, the characters are at once fantastical and painfully real, the story dark and cruel but full of warmth and fun.
Conductors William Lacey James Grossmith (30 Oct & 1 Nov) Director Sandrine Anglade Designer Claude Chestier Lighting Eric Blosse Choreographer Pascaline Verrier
Forced to work as servant to her stepfather and stepsisters, Angelina, known to all as Cenerentola, dreams of the past, and of a better life. Kind and generous, she is all that her family is not. Hearing that Don Ramiro is holding a ball to choose a wife, her sisters gleefully prepare themselves for royal life. Then a mysterious veiled lady makes an unexpected appearance at the palace and their ambitions look set to be thwarted…
Angelina Victoria Yarovaya Don Ramiro Nico Darmanin Dandini Richard Burkhard Don Magnifico Graeme Danby Alidoro John Molloy Clorinda Rebecca Bottone Tisbe Máire Flavin
Bright, breathless and full of energy, Rossini’s music demands impressive vocal agility and the best in comedy characterisation. Russian mezzo-soprano Victoria Yarovaya, winner of the 2013 Mercedes Viñas Prize, is Angelina, and rising Rossini star Nico Darmanin is Ramiro. The wonderful ensemble cast also features baritone Richard Burkhard (The Magic Flute 2012), soprano Rebecca Bottone (The Pirates of Penzance 2013) and renowned bass Graeme Danby. William Lacey conducts.
Running time 2 hrs 50 mins approximately For date, venue and Box Office information, go to pages 46 to 51.
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‘The fusion of a brilliant score with gut-wrenching theatre…gripping from start to finish’ The Scotsman, 2001
New production Sung in English with English supertitles
Glasgow | Edinburgh
Inés de Castro Commissioned by Scottish Opera in 1996, James MacMillan’s extraordinary first opera has established itself as a modern masterpiece. Shocking, intense and utterly compelling, it is all the more macabre for being based in fact. This new production is directed by Olivia Fuchs (A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2013) and is conducted for the first time by the composer himself, bringing new musical insights to the fore.
Conductors James MacMillan Derek Clark (31 Jan) Director Olivia Fuchs Set, Projection & Lighting Design Kai Fischer Costume Design Cordelia Chisholm
Inés de Castro, Spanish mistress to Pedro, Crown Prince of Portugal, finds herself caught in fast-growing tension between their two countries. Goaded by his scheming advisor Pacheco, the King prepares to banish her for the good of the State, but Pacheco has more extreme measures in mind. As war erupts, Pedro leaves to lead his men and, left to fend for herself, Inés falls into a nightmare of political intrigue, where much more than her position is at stake.
Inés de Castro Stephanie Corley Pedro Peter Wedd Blanca Susannah Glanville Pacheco Paul Carey Jones The King Brindley Sherratt Nurse/Old Woman Kathleen Wilkinson Executioner Gary Griffiths
An epic tale that encompasses everything from love, duty and betrayal to politics, torture and infanticide, MacMillan shies away from nothing. His music is rooted in the oldest of operatic traditions but looks at it all with fresh eyes in a unique, visceral experience that has all the grandeur of Verdi. Scottish Opera favourites Stephanie Corley and Paul Carey Jones are joined by Susannah Glanville (Tosca 2013) and British stars, tenor Peter Wedd and bass Brindley Sherratt.
Running time 2 hrs 15 mins approximately For date, venue and Box Office information, go to pages 46 to 51.
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‘Page has spent ages crafting every last detail’ The Herald on the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day Concert, 2014
New production Sung in Italian with English supertitles
February to March Glasgow | Edinburgh
Orfeo ed Euridice Ashley Page, former Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, directs Gluck’s dramatic Orfeo. With an internationally acclaimed creative team including Mark Jonathan and Johan Engels, renowned for his vivid, theatrical designs, this production promises a visual spectacular that draws inspiration from an eclectic range of sources including Dior’s ‘New Look’ and the exotic colours of tribal Africa. In a world where gods see fit to meddle in the lives of men, Orfeo, distraught by the death of his lover, resolves to defy their will and rescue her from Hades. But the gods have their rules; Euridice may be allowed to escape, but only if Orfeo can stop himself from looking at her until they are once again safe above ground. It seems a simple task, but will Euridice understand his sudden coldness? Focusing on dramatic effect over the vocal display so favoured by his contemporaries, Gluck’s music gives a unique glimpse forward into the Romantic era. At one moment full of fury, the next clear and pure, his music is full of emotion. The cast is joined by a chorus of 20 and an ensemble of dancers to bring Gluck’s exceptional choreographic writing to life. Australian mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup (Così fan tutte 2009) is Orfeo. Kenneth Montgomery, Conductor Laureate at Santa Fe Opera in 2013, conducts.
Conductor Kenneth Montgomery Director/Choreographer Ashley Page Designer Johan Engels Lighting Mark Jonathan Orfeo Caitlin Hulcup Euridice Lucy Hall Amor Ana Quintans Running time 1 hr 50 mins approximately For date, venue and Box Office information, go to pages 46 to 52.
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A new co-production with Den Jyske Opera/Danish National Opera Sung in Czech with English supertitles Supported by The Scottish Opera Syndicate
Glasgow | Edinburgh
The creative team behind 2012’s sell-out La traviata returns to bring Jenůfa to life, promising a beautifully observed production that makes full use of their extensive narrative gifts. All the more compelling for drawing its audience into a claustrophobic community that is so universally recognisable, Jenůfa has been keeping audiences on the edge of their seats for over 100 years. Jenůfa, a young woman living in a remote rural village, is pregnant, though as yet unmarried. Her stern stepmother, worried for the family’s reputation and her own status as the Kostelnička, the leader of their village, hides Jenůfa away to bear her child. Months later, the river thaws and a gruesome secret is uncovered. Suspicion falls immediately on Jenůfa but the truth will out, and the higher you climb, the further you have to fall… Famed for its distinctive musical voice, Jenůfa is one of the most powerful of all Janáček’s operas. Inspired by traditional folk melodies and with colourful orchestration and rhythmic bite, the score sweeps the story along with tension, drama and overwhelming emotion. Lee Bisset, lauded for her Kátya at Longborough Festival in 2012, is Jenůfa, alongside an international cast including former Royal Opera House principal Peter Wedd and celebrated British soprano Kathryn Harries. St Petersburg-trained Janáček specialist Stuart Stratford conducts.
‘Absolutely stuffed with fresh ideas…Miskimmon pulls no punches’ bachtrack.com on La traviata, 2012
Conductor Stuart Stratford Director Annilese Miskimmon Designer Nicky Shaw Lighting Mark Jonathan Choreographer Kally Lloyd-Jones Jenůfa Lee Bisset Kostelnička Buryjovka Kathryn Harries Laca Klemeň Peter Wedd Števa Buryja Sam Furness Grandmother Buryjovka Anne-Marie Owens Stárek William Allenby Mayor Jonathan May Mayor’s Wife Laura Margaret Smith# Karolka Sian Winstanley# Jano Louise Kemeny #
Scottish Opera Emerging Artist (see page 35)
Running time 2 hrs 25 mins approximately For date, venue and Box Office information, go to pages 46 to 52. 3 13
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‘Beyond gripping…an opera that thrills to the core’ ★★★★★ Metro, 2001
Revival of the 2001 production Sung in Italian with English supertitles
May to June
Glasgow | Edinburgh | Inverness | Aberdeen
Il trovatore Verdi’s
Opera at its grandest, Verdi’s Il trovatore hasn’t been seen on the Scottish Opera stage since 2001. Dark and menacing, Peter Watson’s production gives this monumental story the space it deserves. The stark, brooding lines of Tim Hatley’s imposing set stand in impressive contrast to the blood and thunder of Verdi’s score, and provide a majestic backdrop for a cast and chorus of over 50.
Conductors Tobias Ringborg Derek Clark (4 & 6 June) Director Peter Watson Designer Tim Hatley Lighting Davy Cunningham Fight Director Raymond Short
A gypsy woman is discovered in the castle of the Count di Luna, crouched over the cradle of his youngest son. When the boy falls ill, she is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Her daughter, crazed with grief, snatches the child intending to kill him, but in her madness, throws her own son onto the fire. Years later, she has brought the Count’s son up as her own and he and his elder brother, unaware of their relationship, are rivals for the beautiful Leonora. Jealousy, revenge, love and hate collide as the opera crashes towards its inexorable conclusion.
Leonora Claire Rutter Manrico Gwyn Hughes Jones Azucena Anne Mason Count di Luna Roland Wood David Kempster (11 & 13 June) Ferrando Matthew Best Inez Naomi Harvey
Verdi’s score is packed with a dizzying succession of full-blooded melodies, from the thrilling Anvil Chorus and Manrico’s stirring ‘Di quella pira’ to the spine-tingling Miserere. The cast includes some of the UK’s finest singers, including Roland Wood (Werther 2013), Anne Mason (Der Ring des Nibelungen 2004) and Matthew Best (Tosca 2005), leading British soprano Claire Rutter (Turandot 2014) and renowned Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones. Tobias Ringborg (Rigoletto 2011, Così fan tutte 2009) conducts.
Running time 2 hrs 30 mins approximately For date, venue and Box Office information, go to pages 46 to 52.
Scottish Opera during The Games The eyes of the world are on Glasgow this Summer as the city hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We’ve got a busy programme of activity to showcase our work during the two weeks The Games are in town. Sir David McVicar’s exquisite production of Madama Butterfly returns for three further performances at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. If you have friends staying, make sure to bring them along and show them what Scotland’s national opera company has to offer. We’ve also commissioned Scottish novelist Alexander McCall Smith to write a new family opera which will have its world premiere as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Anamchara – Songs of Friendship is a celebration of community made in partnership with Commonwealth countries around the globe.
Commonwealth Games 2014
‘A joy to experience… sensitive, straightforward’ The Sunday Telegraph, 2000
Revival of the 2000 production Sung in Italian with English supertitles
July to August Glasgow
Supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw
Madama Butterfly Classic, timeless and stylish, Sir David McVicar’s Madama Butterfly returns for three performances during the Commonwealth Games. Brought to life through a cast of very human characters, his hugely atmospheric production lays bare a 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 a reckless American naval officer. Despite her family’s objections she marries him but he 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 heartbreak and betrayal… Puccini’s sense of theatre is second to none and Butterfly sees him doing what he does best – creating beautiful music that is both dramatic and full of emotion.
Conductor Marco Guidarini Original Director Sir David McVicar Revival Director Elaine Kidd Designer Yannis Thavoris Original Lighting Paule Constable Revival Lighting Robert B Dickson Cio-Cio San Anne Sophie Duprels Pinkerton José Ferrero Sharpless Marcin Bronikowski Suzuki Hanna Hipp Running time 2 hrs 50 mins approximately For date, venue and Box Office information, go to pages 46 & 50. 17
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Part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme WORLD PREMIERE Music Pippa Murphy Words Alexander McCall Smith Supported by British Council Scotland and The Scottish Government
Anamchara Songs of Friendship A community made up of people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds gathers together to create a new garden. As the space grows around them, they reflect on their lives and arrive at a universal truth – that life is always better when you share it with others. This new family opera has been created for Festival 2014, the cultural celebration running alongside the sporting action of the Commonwealth Games. Based on themes of friendship, it explores the ties that bind people together, whatever their age and wherever they make their home. Seven songs symbolising seven different kinds of friendship move from day to night and through the circle of life – from childhood to teenagers in love and from adulthood to the golden years. Written by acclaimed Scottish novelist Alexander McCall Smith and composer Pippa Murphy, this celebration of different cultures is an audio-visual fusion of opera, dance, music and film. The multi-cultural cast of over 120 performers includes young professional singers and musicians from Scotland, India, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Botswana, Scottish Opera’s Connect Chorus and Orchestra, and a community choir made up of children, adults and students from Commonwealth countries living and working in Glasgow.
Conductor Chris Gray Directors Lissa Lorenzo# & Martin O’Connor Set Design Robbie Sinnott Costume Design Mandy Bryan Lighting Stevie Powles Video Design Iain Piercy Choreographer Janis Claxton Singers Thomas Atkins Amelia Berry Benjamin Covey Vasti Knoesen
Andrew McTaggart* Sarah Power* Levy Sekgapane Jennifer Sproule
Dancers Adrienne O’Leary James Southward Guitar Chayan Adhikari Sarod Bhanu Sharma Scottish Opera Emerging Artist (see page 35) *Scottish Opera Emerging Artist 2013/14 #
Running time 1 hr approximately For date, venue and Box Office information, go to pages 46 & 50. 19
Transforming Theatre August 2012
In August 2012, we embarked on an ambitious project to transform the Theatre Royal’s public spaces to create a better experience for audience members. Less than 2 years later, we’re nearly finished and the new building will soon be open. The spacious new foyers benefit from greatly improved facilities including better bars, more toilets, a daytime café and new lifts. And by popular demand, there’s a new heating and ventilation system to help keep the auditorium at a more comfortable temperature.
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‘We’re indebted to the many supporters who are helping to make our vision a reality. And for those who haven’t yet, it’s not too late to get involved!’ Alex Reedijk, General Director, Scottish Opera
Royal Glasgow February 2014
The new foyers will be complete in late July and will be open during the day as well as for performances, so do pop in for a visit – for a morning coffee, a pre-performance bite or drinks on the rooftop terrace. A changing exhibition in the Hope Street foyers and touchscreens on each floor will give access to photographs, audio and film clips that combine to celebrate the Theatre Royal’s rich history as part of Glasgow’s cultural landscape. To find out more, go to scottishopera.org.uk/publiccampaign
Come and take a look inside!
‘A living, breathing Goya painting, drenched in blood, mud and lust…prepare to be haunted’ ★★★★★ acrossthearts.co.uk, 2014
Revival of the 2005 production Sung in English
September to November Touring Scotland
This brooding, atmospheric Macbeth returns in celebration of the 2014 Year of Homecoming. Inspired by events in the war-torn Balkans, Dominic 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.
Music Director/Pianist Susannah Wapshott Director Dominic Hill Revival Director Kally Lloyd-Jones Designer Tom Piper Lighting Warren Letton
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.
Macbeth David Stephenson Lady Macbeth Shuna Scott Sendall/Catrin Aur Banquo/Doctor Thomas Faulkner Macduff Anthony Flaum/Robyn Lyn Evans Three Witches Marie Claire Breen Sarah Shorter Laura Margaret Smith#
Unsettling and full of tension, the drama of Shakespeare’s play is underlined by the brilliance of Verdi’s score. Desperate and furious, at times ethereal and visionary, his music gets to the heart of this powerful story, intensifying the tragedy as Macbeth’s destiny unfolds. Touring 15 of Scotland’s smaller venues in Autumn 2014, this piano-accompanied production features former Scottish Opera Emerging Artists Shuna Scott Sendall and Marie Claire Breen. David Stephenson reprises his Spring 2014 performance in the title role.
Translation Andrew Porter #
Scottish Opera Emerging Artist (see page 35)
Running time 2 hrs 40 mins approximately On sale Summer 2014. For dates and venues, go to pages 50 & 51.
‘This is, quite simply, a little gem of a show’ ★★★★★ Scottish Daily Express, 2014
Supported by The Friends of Scottish Opera
January to March Touring Scotland
Opera Highlights Each year we take 4 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. Come January, 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 former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Sioned Gwen Davies and tenor Sam Furness, who performed as Kate and Frederic in 2013’s The Pirates of Penzance, Welsh tenor Joshua Owen Mills, Ben McAteer, winner of NI Opera’s inaugural Festival of Voice competition in 2011, and Reisha Adams, winner of the 2012 Ian Stoutzker prize for outstanding musicianship.
Director Max Webster Soprano Reisha Adams Mezzo-soprano Sioned Gwen Davies Tenors Sam Furness / Joshua Owen Mills Baritone Ben McAteer Running time 2 hrs approximately On sale Summer 2014. For dates and venues, go to pages 51 & 52.
Thanks to The Friends of Scottish Opera, this tour continues to travel far and wide. Find out more on page 26.
Helping us take opera
This year, The Alexander Gibson Circle and The Friends of Scottish Opera – groups of individuals who support Scottish Opera annually – are helping us take 30 performances of La Cenerentola and Opera Highlights to 21 venues across Scotland. Didn’t know there were that many venues in Scotland? As well as performing full-scale opera in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness, each year we visit over 30 theatres, village halls, community centres and school halls in towns and villages nationwide with a range of different shows.
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‘We so appreciate you bringing our remote communities such a highquality show and hope you will continue to do so in years to come’ Opera Highlights audience member, Mull 2014
far and wide
In 2014/15, gifts from our Alexander Gibson Circle Patrons are helping us stage a new co-production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. It’s their help that has brought so many new productions like this to the stage in recent years. The Friends of Scottish Opera are supporting our annual Opera Highlights tour for the 9th year in a row. Each of the 1600 members make this tour possible – taking the highest-quality live opera to people who might otherwise have to travel miles to see it. To join us, call our Fundraising and Sponsorship team on 0141 242 0593 or go to scottishopera.org.uk/support us
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November to December WORLD PREMIERE
Glasgow | Touring Scotland
Mister MacNeep has lost his Sheep! Join Farmer MacNeep, his poor lost sheep and a whole host of exciting farmyard friends this winter in a brrrr-illiant new show for 3 to 5 year olds. Created by Scottish Opera Composer in Residence Gareth Williams and writer Ross Stenhouse (Artistic Director, Hopscotch Theatre Company), Mister MacNeep has lost his Sheep! is a fun-filled interactive adventure brought to life by puppets and live music, and featuring the cleverest sheep in Scotland. Poor Farmer MacNeep. It’s the snowiest, sleetiest, windiest winter ever and two of his favourite sheep are missing. Where on earth can they be? Maybe they’re trapped in the snow – oh no! But these aren’t any ordinary, silly old sheep. This clever pair have built themselves a lovely, cosy cave in the snow and are quite happy to wait out the wild winter weather with plenty of grass to munch, snug in their warm, woolly jumpers. Farmer MacNeep is on the case – he’s going to find them come what may. But we need you to come too! Can you help him as he sets off in search of his long-lost pals?
Music Gareth Williams Words Ross Stenhouse Director Lisa Gregan Running time 45 mins approximately On sale Autumn 2014. For Glasgow dates and venue, go to page 51. Touring dates coming soon. Interested in group bookings? Call 0141 332 9559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Full of energy and lots of fun’ ★★★★ The Herald on Dr Ferret, 2011
April New productions
The Walk from the Garden & Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow Scottish Opera’s Connect Company – young singers and players aged between 14 and 21 – perform alongside professional singers to bring these two vibrant short operas to life in a double bill for family audiences. Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden and ready themselves to leave paradise, contemplating what they’ve lost and preparing to make their way into an unknown world. Inspired by the last section of Milton’s epic Paradise Lost, this moving and poignant piece has particular resonance in a time of growing awareness about man’s impact on the planet. Can we do anything before all is lost? Look out sneaky, snotty and silly children everywhere! Beware Dr Ferret and his gang as they sort out the good eggs from the bad. Inspired by Hilaire Belloc’s classic tales of naughty children, Dr Ferret tells the curious stories of Matilda, whose lies ignited a terrible fire, Henry King, who ate too much string, and George, a little boy who causes a lot of trouble…
The Walk from the Garden New production Music Jonathan Dove Words Alasdair Middleton
Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow New production Inspired by The Cautionary Tales by Hilaire Belloc Music Stephen Deazley Words Martin Riley Conductor Chris Gray Running time 1 hr 45 mins approximately On sale Winter 2014. For dates and venues, go to page 52. 29
‘Passion, commitment and a real belief in engaging children with music’ Teaching Scotland on Scottish Opera’s education team, 2013
Spring | Summer 2015
A musical adventure for 3-4 year olds
Building on the success of BabyO and SensoryO, our much-loved productions for babies and toddlers, Scottish Opera’s new show for 3-4 year olds and their carers is fast paced and full of fun. Directed by acclaimed children’s theatre director Lu Kemp, and with music by early years specialist Neil Johnson, KidO leads audiences into a world of sound and rhythm where anything can happen. Encouraging play and make-believe, KidO takes the infinite possibilities of a cardboard box and a healthy dose of imagination and makes the everyday extraordinary. The show features a mix of live and recorded singing, opera and specially written music. It uses vocal and body percussion to create exciting rhythms that morph into counting games and build up words in the blink of an eye. KidO also plays with the rules of going to the theatre in a tongue-in-cheek guide to what to do when. It all provides an inviting and lively introduction to the worlds of live performance and opera.
Music Neil Johnson Director Lu Kemp Designer Ali Maclaurin Devised with Darren Abrahams, Neil Johnson, Lu Kemp, Ali Maclaurin, Frances Morrison-Allen & Stuart Semple Running time 45 mins approximately On sale Spring 2015. Go to scottishopera.org.uk for more information.
KidO will be touring Scotland in Spring/Summer 2015. More information coming soon!
Supported by The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh
Edinburgh | Melrose | Aberdeen | Glasgow
Sir Walter Scott and Opera
These imaginative recitals celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of the Waverley Novels. Curated by Head of Music Derek Clark, the programme is inspired by some of Scott’s most popular works.
Soprano Judith Howarth Tenor Michael Colvin Baritone Roland Wood
Rich with romanticism and full of the supernatural, Scott’s novels and poetry have been a well-mined source for generations of composers, and have inspired over 80 operas. These intimate recitals feature work by Donizetti, Rossini and Bizet as well as Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert and Sullivan fame, and Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn.
Piano Derek Clark
Visiting four of Scotland’s most singular and beautiful venues, including The Hub in Edinburgh, St Machar’s Cathedral in Aberdeen and Òran Mór in Glasgow, a stellar line-up brings the programme to life, accompanied by Derek Clark on piano. The tour also includes a recital at Scott’s own home, Abbotsford House, on Monday 7 July – the anniversary of the publication of Waverley, the first of the author’s world-famous series.
For dates, venues and Box Office information, go to pages 45 & 50.
Running time 1 hr 40 mins approximately
Recitals | Concerts
‘An orchestra at the height of its powers’ Scottish Mail on Sunday, 2013
October to April Glasgow
The Orchestra of Scottish Opera This annual concert series gives you the chance to see our orchestra performing music you wouldn’t necessarily hear in the theatre. In the stunning setting that is St Andrew’s in the Square in Glasgow, visiting conductors and guest singers join them to explore a range of music that takes full advantage of the intimate and atmospheric venue.
Running time 2 hrs approximately
On sale Summer 2014. For dates and venue, go to pages 50 to 52.
The programmes this year include concertos chosen to showcase the talents of principal players in the orchestra. The concerts will also provide a chance to enjoy the return of some of our former Emerging Artist singers who, having benefited from a year’s work with the Company, have gone on to launch successful careers across the UK. Conductors include St Petersburg-trained Stuart Stratford (also conducting Jenůfa), Minnesota Opera Music Director Michael Christie, French conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud and former Scottish Opera Music Director Francesco Corti.
Developing new talent Scottish Opera has a long history of nurturing 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. This season we have a whole range of activity based around up-and-coming talent – from new student writers and composers to new voices to look out for, including our own Emerging Artists.
Encouraging New Opera
In collaboration with the University of Aberdeen Part of Sound Festival 2014
In collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Supported by The Leverhulme Trust For the last 12 months, we’ve been working with undergraduate writers and composers at the University of Aberdeen to encourage the next generation of opera makers. Working with two experienced mentors – composer Gareth Williams and director and dramaturg Matthew Richardson – the students have created two short operas that will premiere at 2014’s Sound Festival in Aberdeen.
Featuring students studying at Glasgow’s Alexander Gibson Opera School, these simply staged opera scenes are the place to spot Scotland’s up-and-coming opera talent. A fundamental part of the students’ development, taking part gives them the opportunity to explore both their present capability and their potential as artists. Accompanied by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the performances give students the invaluable experience of performing with a live orchestra on the stage of a large theatre.
January Glasgow | Edinburgh
Aberdeen On sale Summer 2014. For date and venue, go to page 51. Go to sound-scotland.co.uk for more information. 34
On sale Winter 2014. For dates and venues, go to page 51. Go to rcs.ac.uk for more information.
National Opera Studio
Supported by the Scottish Opera Endowment Trust
Supported by The Robertson Scholarship Trust, The John Mather Charitable Trust, The Leverhulme Trust and Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists Benefactors
The National Opera Studio provides individual, high-quality professional training for singers and repetiteurs who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation. Run by renowned soprano Kathryn Harries (appearing in Jenůfa in April 2014), the Studio is engaged by the UK’s leading opera companies to deliver its training programmes. This year, Scottish Opera is again hosting a week-long residency for the trainees, culminating in a free, semi-staged performance on the set of Orfeo ed Euridice, accompanied by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Conductor Derek Clark Director Elaine Kidd
February Glasgow Tickets available Winter 2014. For date and venue, go to page 52.
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 costume trainee. You can hear our Emerging Artist singers performing in several of our operas this season – their roles are listed on each individual opera page. Our Emerging Artist director, Lissa Lorenzo, is co-directing Anamchara – Songs of Friendship in July, before assisting on La Cenerentola this Autumn. Soprano Sian Winstanley Mezzo-soprano Laura Margaret Smith (supported by The Robertson Scholarship Trust) Director Lissa Lorenzo Repetiteur To be announced Autumn 2014 Costume trainee Charlotte Campbell (supported by The Leverhulme Trust) For more information on our Emerging Artists programme, go to scottishopera.org.uk
Helping us spread the
We want opera to be open to as many people as possible, from a toddler at their first live show or an adult performing for the first time in their own community, to people who for many reasons can’t get to the theatre any more. Our education and outreach teams are out and about every day, igniting interest, inspiring confidence and encouraging participation. We can’t do this without the invaluable support of many trusts and foundations, as well as our Education Angels – a dedicated group of people whose regular gifts are helping us spread the magic of opera, and introducing it to its future audiences.
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‘To have a major opera company such as Scottish Opera show that they have faith in you is a huge endorsement for any young singer’ Sarah Power, Emerging Artist 2013/14
magic of opera
Future audiences need something to watch… Our Emerging Artist programme is encouraging the next generation of singers, composers, directors and repetiteurs. We’ve also now expanded it to develop the specialist artisan skills needed to create costumes, and plans continue to grow. The support of our Emerging Artist Benefactors is vital, and helps us continue to transform young artists’ lives in Scotland. To get involved, call our Fundraising and Sponsorship team on 0141 242 0593 or go to scottishopera.org.uk/support us
Thank you. We’re doing more with your help.
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
Workshops for Secondary Pupils
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.
This Winter, alongside our performances of James MacMillan’s Inés de Castro, we’re running secondary school workshops in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Led by Scottish Opera’s education team, the sessions will run in early January and will explore the music, characters, background and drama of the opera. Designed to work across several curriculum areas, pupils can top off their experience with a trip to the theatre to see the opera live in performance.
Warriors! The Emperor’s Incredible Army Music Alan Penman Words Ross Stenhouse Commissioned with the 5 Scottish Confucius Institutes All hail Qin Shi Huang – the first Emperor of China, destined to rule his Empire forever. After all, didn’t he drink the Elixir of Life, a potion that promises immortality? Not such a great promise when that elixir turns out to be a deadly poison. Now the afterlife awaits, but even a dead Emperor needs an army. So, over many years, he’s gathered a vast hoard to watch over him after death – 8000 soldiers, horses and chariots, all armoured and armed to the teeth. And every one of them moulded from clay… This imaginative new cross-curricular show for primary pupils tells the true story of Emperor Qin’s incredible 2000 year old terracotta army, and the clay warriors that continue to amaze and delight millions all over the world to this very day. Spring 2015 Summer 2015
19 Jan to 27 Mar 20 Apr to 26 Jun
Opera Unwrapped for Children 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 Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Verdi’s Il trovatore.
Bookings are now being taken for our Inés de Castro workshops and for our 2015 Primary Schools Tour. If you would like to book for these 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. Help us spread the magic by becoming an Education Angel. Find out more on page 36.
They will find out what an opera is, what makes it unique, and discover some secrets from behind the scenes. They will also see how the costumes, sets, props, lighting, singers and orchestra come together to create an opera live on stage.
Join in! Keen to get up on stage yourself? Take the next step by joining one of our groups for teenagers or adults.
Scottish Opera Connect
For 14 to 21 year olds
For adults of all ages
Scottish Opera Connect gives aspiring 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 Scotlandâ€™s top opera professionals.
We need your voice! Set up in 2012 for adults living and working in the north 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 the new Education rooms at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. You donâ€™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!
Connect Chorus Our Connect Chorus meets throughout the year for a programme of evening and weekend workshops, running from September to April. 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 April. 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 2015/16 will be held in January 2015. Look out for information this Autumn at scottishopera.org.uk
Autumn rehearsals 2014 Wed 17 Sep to Wed 3 Dec Spring rehearsals 2015 Wed 14 Jan to Wed 1 Apr For more information go to scottishopera.org.uk
Madama Butterfly | La Cenerentola | Inés de Castro Orfeo ed Euridice | Jenůfa | Il trovatore
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We have under 26 ticket deals for most of our other shows too, including Macbeth and Opera Highlights at just £5. £10 tickets may not be available for every special event, one-off performance or collaboration, but we’ll always try to have alternative discount offers available. Visit scottishopera.org.uk or contact your local Box Office to book.
Free Events Widen your opera experience with in-depth talks, pop-up shows and back-stage insights.
Opera Unwrapped 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. 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. La Cenerentola Unwrapped Theatre Royal Glasgow Wed 22 Oct 6pm His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Fri 31 Oct 6pm Eden Court, Inverness Wed 5 Nov 6pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Fri 14 Nov 6pm Orfeo ed Euridice Unwrapped Theatre Royal Glasgow Tue 24 Feb 6pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Wed 4 Mar 6pm Jenůfa Unwrapped Theatre Royal Glasgow Fri 10 Apr 6pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Fri 17 Apr 6pm Il trovatore Unwrapped Theatre Royal Glasgow Mon 11 May 6pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Fri 22 May 6pm Eden Court, Inverness Fri 5 Jun 6pm His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Fri 12 Jun 6pm
This year, we’re also touring a new pop-up show for children and family audiences. Puffy MacPuffer and the Crabbit Canals tells the story of the 5 waterways that link Scotland from the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. Like most families, each one has its own unique characteristics: Caledonian – the longest, Crinan – the most beautiful, hard-working Monklands, Union – the fastest, and wise old Forth & Clyde…and each one thinks they’re the best. Can an ordinary little puffer boat make them think again? 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. La Cenerentola Theatre Royal Glasgow Sun 19 Oct 2.45pm His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 1 Nov 6pm Eden Court, Inverness Sat 8 Nov 6pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sun 16 Nov 2.45pm Inés de Castro Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 24 Jan 6pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 31 Jan 6pm Orfeo ed Euridice Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 28 Feb 6pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 7 Mar 6pm
A Little Bit of…
Jenůfa Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 11 Apr 6pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 18 Apr 6pm
A Little Bit of… takes opera out of the theatre, with the shows we perform in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen cleverly rewritten 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. Look out for performances of A Little Bit of La Cenerentola and A Little Bit of Il trovatore in bookshops, cafés and community venues near you.
Il trovatore Theatre Royal Glasgow Sun 17 May 2.45pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 30 May 6pm Eden Court, Inverness Sat 6 Jun 6pm His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 13 Jun 6pm 43
Opera: music, costumes, set. We want you to experience it all. And with our Audio-described performances, you can. 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 Audiodescribed 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 2 weeks in advance. Guide dogs are welcome.
Touch Tours start at 6pm for evening performances and 2.45pm for matinees.
La Cenerentola Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 25 Oct 7.15pm His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 1 Nov 7.30pm Eden Court, Inverness Sat 8 Nov 7.15pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 22 Nov 7.15pm
Orfeo ed Euridice Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 28 Feb 7.15pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 7 Mar 7.15pm
Jenůfa Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 11 Apr 7.15pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 18 Apr 7.15pm
Il trovatore Theatre Royal Glasgow Sun 17 May 4pm Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sun 24 May 4pm Eden Court, Inverness Sat 6 Jun 7.15pm His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 13 Jun 7.30pm
For more information, visit the ‘About Us’ section of scottishopera.org.uk or contact Iona Jack on 0141 248 4567.
Box Office Information The Hub, Edinburgh
Abbotsford House, Melrose
Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE hubtickets.co.uk
Abbotsford, Melrose TD6 9BQ scottsabbotsford.com
TICKET PRICES £15 (£10 u26s)
TICKET PRICES £20 (including a glass of wine)
Box Office Phone Sales: 0131 473 2000 10am-5pm, Monday to Saturday. Counter Sales: 10am-5pm, Monday to Saturday (or until performance starts). Online Sales: hubtickets.co.uk
Box Office (Border Events) Phone Sales: 01750 725 480 Counter Sales: from 1 hour before the performance at Abbotsford House. Online Sales: borderevents.com
You can pay by Visa/Delta, Mastercard, American Express and Maestro. Please make cheques payable to Hub Tickets.
You can pay by Visa/Delta, Mastercard and Maestro. Please make cheques payable to Border Events. Booking fees apply.
St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen
Òran Mór, Glasgow
18 The Chanonry, Aberdeen AB24 1RQ stmachar.com
Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8QX oran-mor.co.uk
TICKET PRICES £15 (£10 u26s)
TICKET PRICES £15 (£10 u26s)
Box Office (Aberdeen Box Office) Phone Sales: 01224 641122 9.30am-6pm, Monday to Saturday. Counter Sales: in advance, Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre 9.30am-6pm, Monday to Saturday, or from 1 hour before the performance at St Machar’s Cathedral. Online Sales: aberdeenperformingarts.com
Box Office (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) Phone Sales: 0141 332 5057 10am-3pm, Monday to Friday. Saturday opening hours vary. Counter Sales: in advance, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3DB, 10am-3pm, Monday to Friday. Saturday opening hours vary. Or from 1 hour before the performance at Òran Mór. Online Sales: boxoffice.rcs.ac.uk
You can pay by Visa, Mastercard and Maestro. Booking fees apply.
You can pay by All major credit/debit cards, excluding American Express and Diners Club. Please make cheques payable to Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. A 50p charge applies when paying by card. 45
Theatre Royal Glasgow 282 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 3QA | atgtickets.com/glasgow
TICKETS £10-£76 subscription series 2014/15
£6 Anamchara – Songs of Friendship
Prices valid in person at Box Office.
Prices include £1 per ticket towards the restoration of the Theatre Royal. Booking fee applies for online, phone and postal bookings.#
Box Office Phone Sales: 0844 871 7647 9am-10pm, Monday to Saturday & 10am-8pm, Sunday. Counter Sales (until August 2014): in advance King’s Theatre, Bath Street, 10am-6pm, Monday to Saturday. Theatre Royal Box Office from 1 hour before performances. Counter Sales (August 2014 onwards): Theatre Royal, 10am-6pm, Monday to Saturday (until curtain up on performance nights). Online Sales: atgtickets.com/glasgow
You can pay by Visa, Mastercard and Maestro. Please make cheques payable to ATG London Ltd.
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 Theatre Royal or by telephone. We reserve the right to limit the number of tickets to a maximum of 2 per person. Please note: this discount does not apply to performances of Anamchara.
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 Theatre Royal with valid ID. Limited to 1 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 to Friday. Under 26s – £10 tickets, any seat, any performance. Bookable in advance. Show valid ID when booking.# Please note: discounts do not apply to performances of Anamchara. # A booking fee of £1 per ticket and a one off £2.85 transaction fee apply to online, phone and postal bookings. 46
Festival Theatre Edinburgh 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT | edtheatres.com
TICKETS £18-£80.50 in person at Box Office. Prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. Booking fee applies for online, phone and postal bookings.#
Box Office Phone Sales: 0131 529 6000 11am-6pm, Monday to Saturday. Counter Sales: 10am-6pm, Monday to 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.
Day seats £10 There is a limited number of tickets available from 10am on the day of the performance. They can be booked in person only. We reserve the right to limit the number of tickets to a maximum of 2 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, FCTT friends, 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 11am-6pm, Monday to Friday. *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 11am-6pm, Monday to Friday. Under 26s – £10 tickets, any seat, any performance. Bookable in advance. Show valid ID when booking.# # A booking fee of 75p is charged per ticket for online, phone and postal bookings. Maximum charge of £3 for phone and postal bookings. An 80p handling charge will be added for posting your tickets to you (when booked more than 1 week in advance).
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1GL | aberdeenperformingarts.com
TICKETS £17.50-£54 when booking online. Prices include £1 per ticket towards the theatre’s restoration fund. Booking fee applies for in person and phone sales.#
Box Office Phone Sales: 01224 641 122 9.30am-6pm, Monday to Saturday. Counter Sales: Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre 9.30am-6pm, Monday to Saturday (His Majesty’s Theatre Box Office 8pm on performance nights). Online Sales: aberdeenperformingarts.com
You can pay by Visa, Mastercard and Maestro.
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 1 free ticket for every 15 purchased. Please email groups @ aberdeenperformingarts.com School groups of 10 or more – £10 plus 1 free for every 10 booked. Rear Stalls or Upper Circle only. Under 26s – £10 tickets, any seat, any performance. Bookable in advance. Show valid ID when booking.# # A booking fee of £1 is charged per ticket for purchases over the phone and in person. If tickets are dispatched through the post then £1 is charged per booking or £7 for special delivery.
Eden Court, Inverness Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA | eden-court.co.uk
TICKETS £17.50-£54 in person at Box Office. Prices include £1 per ticket towards the theatre’s development levy. Booking fee applies for online, phone reservations and phone sales.#
Box Office Phone Sales: 01463 234 234 10am-8pm, Monday to Saturday (Sunday from 11am). Counter Sales: 10am-8pm, Monday to Saturday (Sunday from 11am). Online Sales: eden-court.co.uk
You can pay by Visa, Mastercard and Maestro. Please make cheques payable to Eden Court.
Discounts Eden Court Friends – £2 off all seats. Students, over 60s, Jobseekers Allowance, Disabled – £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 1 teacher free for every 10 pupils booked. Under 26s – £10 tickets, any seat, any performance. Bookable in advance. Show valid ID when booking.# # A booking fee of 50p applies to online sales, phone reservations and phone sales up to £9.99, £1 for tickets £10-£19.99 and £2 for tickets £20 and over.
Performance Diary season
JUL 2014 Fri 4 Jul 7.30pm Mon 7 Jul 7.30pm Thu 10 Jul 7.30pm Sun 13 Jul 3pm Fri 25 Jul 6.30pm Sat 26 Jul 2.30pm & 6.30pm Sun 27 Jul 2.30pm Tue 29 Jul 7.15pm Thu 31 Jul 7.15pm
Sir Walter Scott and Opera Sir Walter Scott and Opera Sir Walter Scott and Opera Sir Walter Scott and Opera Anamchara – Songs of Friendship Anamchara – Songs of Friendship Anamchara – Songs of Friendship Madama Butterfly Madama Butterfly
The Hub, Edinburgh Abbotsford House, Melrose St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen Òran Mór, Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow
AUG 2014 Sun 3 Aug 4pm
Theatre Royal Glasgow
SEP 2014 Thu 25 Sep 7.30pm Sat 27 Sep 7.30pm
Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock Gardyne Theatre, Dundee
OCT 2014 Wed 1 Oct 7.30pm Sat 4 Oct 7.30pm Tue 7 Oct 7.30pm Thu 9 Oct 7.30pm Sat 11 Oct 7.30pm Wed 15 Oct 7.15pm Thu 16 Oct 7.30pm Fri 17 Oct 7.15pm Sat 18 Oct 7.30pm Sun 19 Oct 4pm Tue 21 Oct 7.30pm Wed 22 Oct 6pm Thu 23 Oct 7.30pm Sat 25 Oct 7.15pm Sat 25 Oct 7.30pm Sun 26 Oct 3pm Tue 28 Oct 7.30pm Thu 30 Oct 7.30pm Thu 30 Oct 7.30pm Fri 31 Oct 6pm
Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth La Cenerentola Macbeth La Cenerentola Macbeth La Cenerentola Macbeth La Cenerentola Unwrapped Macbeth La Cenerentola Macbeth Orchestral Concert Macbeth La Cenerentola Macbeth La Cenerentola Unwrapped
Garrison Theatre, Lerwick Haddo House, Ellon Thurso High School One Touch, Eden Court, Inverness Corran Halls, Oban Theatre Royal Glasgow Gaiety Theatre, Ayr Theatre Royal Glasgow Macphail Centre, Ullapool Theatre Royal Glasgow An Lanntair, Stornoway Theatre Royal Glasgow Aros Centre, Portree Theatre Royal Glasgow Buccleuch Centre, Langholm St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow The Cinema, Newton Stewart His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Macrobert, Stirling His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
NOV 2014 Sat 1 Nov 7.30pm Sat 1 Nov 7.30pm Sun 2 Nov 3pm & 7pm Tue 4 Nov 7.15pm Wed 5 Nov 6pm Thu 6 Nov 7.15pm Sat 8 Nov 7.15pm Wed 12 Nov 3pm Thu 13 Nov 7.15pm Fri 14 Nov 6pm Sun 16 Nov 4pm Wed 19 Nov 7.15pm Sat 22 Nov 7.15pm Fri 28 Nov 11am & 2pm Sat 29 Nov 11am & 2pm Sun 30 Nov 11am & 2pm
La Cenerentola Macbeth Encouraging New Opera La Cenerentola La Cenerentola Unwrapped La Cenerentola La Cenerentola Orchestral Concert La Cenerentola La Cenerentola Unwrapped La Cenerentola La Cenerentola La Cenerentola Mr MacNeep has lost his Sheep! Mr MacNeep has lost his Sheep! Mr MacNeep has lost his Sheep!
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Rothes Hall, Glenrothes Johnston Hall, University of Aberdeen Eden Court, Inverness Eden Court, Inverness Eden Court, Inverness Eden Court, Inverness St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Production Studios, Glasgow Production Studios, Glasgow Production Studios, Glasgow
DEC 2014 Wed 3 Dec 11am & 2pm Thu 4 Dec 11am & 2pm Fri 5 Dec 11am & 2pm Sat 6 Dec 11am & 2pm Sun 7 Dec 11am & 2pm
Mr MacNeep has lost his Sheep! Mr MacNeep has lost his Sheep! Mr MacNeep has lost his Sheep! Mr MacNeep has lost his Sheep! Mr MacNeep has lost his Sheep!
Production Studios, Glasgow Production Studios, Glasgow Production Studios, Glasgow Production Studios, Glasgow Production Studios, Glasgow
JAN 2015 Thu 22 Jan 7.15pm Fri 23 Jan 7.15pm Sat 24 Jan 7.15pm Thu 29 Jan 7.15pm Thu 29 Jan 7.30pm Fri 30 Jan 7.15pm Sat 31 Jan 7.15pm Sat 31 Jan 7.30pm
Inés de Castro Opera Scenes Inés de Castro Inés de Castro Opera Highlights Opera Scenes Inés de Castro Opera Highlights
Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Festival Theatre Edinburgh Town Hall, Rutherglen Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh City Hall, Brechin
FEB 2015 Tue 3 Feb 7.30pm Thu 5 Feb 7.30pm Sat 7 Feb 7.30pm Tue 10 Feb 7.30pm Thu 12 Feb 7.30pm Sat 14 Feb 7.30pm Tue 17 Feb 7.30pm Thu 19 Feb 7.15pm Thu 19 Feb 7.30pm Sat 21 Feb 7.30pm Sun 22 Feb 4pm Tue 24 Feb 6pm
Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Orfeo ed Euridice Opera Highlights Opera Highlights Orfeo ed Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice Unwrapped
Victoria Hall, Campbeltown Bowmore Hall, Islay Victoria Hall, Benderloch Village Hall, Lochinver Community Hall, Torridon Astley Hall, Arisaig Eastgate Theatre, Peebles Theatre Royal Glasgow The Fullarton, Castle Douglas Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow 51
Tue 24 Feb 7.30pm Wed 25 Feb 7.15pm Thu 26 Feb 7.30pm Fri 27 Feb 6pm Sat 28 Feb 7.15pm Sat 28 Feb 7.30pm
Opera Highlights Orfeo ed Euridice Opera Highlights National Opera Studio Orfeo ed Euridice Opera Highlights
Universal Hall, Findhorn Theatre Royal Glasgow High School, Golspie Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Woodend Barn, Banchory
MAR 2015 Tue 3 Mar 7.15pm Tue 3 Mar 7.30pm Wed 4 Mar 6pm Thu 5 Mar 7.15pm Thu 5 Mar 7.30pm Sat 7 Mar 7.15pm Sat 7 Mar 7.30pm Sun 29 Mar 3pm
Orfeo ed Euridice Opera Highlights Orfeo ed Euridice Unwrapped Orfeo ed Euridice Opera Highlights Orfeo ed Euridice Opera Highlights Orchestral Concert
Festival Theatre Edinburgh Volunteer Hall, Duns Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh McLaren Hall, Killin Festival Theatre Edinburgh Regal Theatre, Bathgate St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow
APR 2015 Tue 7 Apr 7.15pm Thu 9 Apr 7.15pm Fri 10 Apr 6pm Sat 11 Apr 7.15pm Thu 16 Apr 7.15pm Fri 17 Apr 6pm Sat 18 April 3.30pm & 7pm Sat 18 Apr 7.15pm Sun 19 April 3.30pm Sun 26 Apr 3pm
Jenůfa Jenůfa Jenůfa Unwrapped Jenůfa Jenůfa Jenůfa Unwrapped The Walk from the Garden/Dr Ferret Jenůfa The Walk from the Garden/Dr Ferret Orchestral Concert
Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Websters Theatre, Glasgow Festival Theatre Edinburgh Websters Theatre, Glasgow St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow
MAY 2015 Thu 7 May 7.15pm Sat 9 May 7.15pm Mon 11 May 6pm Tue 12 May 7.15pm Thu 14 May 7.15pm Sun 17 May 4pm Thu 21 May 7.15pm Fri 22 May 6pm Sun 24 May 4pm Wed 27 May 7.15pm Sat 30 May 7.15pm
Il trovatore Il trovatore Il trovatore Unwrapped Il trovatore Il trovatore Il trovatore Il trovatore Il trovatore Unwrapped Il trovatore Il trovatore Il trovatore
Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Theatre Royal Glasgow Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh
JUN 2015 Thu 4 Jun 7.15pm Fri 5 Jun 6pm Sat 6 Jun 7.15pm Thu 11 Jun 7.30pm Fri 12 Jun 6pm Sat 13 Jun 7.30pm
Il trovatore Il trovatore Unwrapped Il trovatore Il trovatore Il trovatore Unwrapped Il trovatore
Eden Court, Inverness Eden Court, Inverness Eden Court, Inverness His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
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