Falstaff – Edinburgh International Festival

Conducted by Stuart Stratford Libretto by Giuseppe Verdi ★★★★ Giuseppe Verdi’s final opera Falstaff emphasises the comedic aspects of the mistaken identities, love triangles and caddish rogues who litter history. Adapted from Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor, the opera follows Sir John Falstaff, as plump as he is lustful, as he attempts to keep his dwindling reputation as a … Continue reading Falstaff – Edinburgh International Festival

Ariadne auf Naxos – Edinburgh International Festival

Conducted by Lothar Koenig Accompanied by The Royal Scottish National Orchestra Adapted from Richard Strauss's 1916 Version ★★★★★ The concept of a comedic opera is far from a unique creation, nor is the sort of ballet featuring humorous segments or narrative. However, infusing the two together is refreshingly dynamic in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, which sees … Continue reading Ariadne auf Naxos – Edinburgh International Festival

Dido’s Ghost – Edinburgh International Festival

Directed by Frederic Wake-Walker Conducted by John Butt Libretto by Errollyn Wallen ★★★ Billing itself as a sequel of sorts, Errollyn Wallen’s new libretto Dido’s Ghost not only begins where Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas concludes, but also seeks to entwine the two. In doing so, it offers a performance of the original that is intermittently stitched into the new production. Through flashback and … Continue reading Dido’s Ghost – Edinburgh International Festival

Scottish Opera presents Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel – Preview

Starting with one heck of a sweet tooth, and a hand-full of classical fairy-tale magic, Scottish Opera launch into the 2021 season with their latest On-Screen production. Filmed at Glasgow's Theatre Royal in December of last year, Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel will be available to stream from 6pm on February 10th from the Scottish opera website … Continue reading Scottish Opera presents Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel – Preview

My Light Shines On – The Telephone

Music & Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti Directed by Daisy Evans ★★★★ There’s a reason we’re asked to turn off our phones before a live performance, and The Telephone shows us precisely why. Filmed under lockdown conditions at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh, Scottish Opera presents a contemporary take on Gian Carlo Menotti’s 1947 piece. Reminding us all of the company’s innovative potential, … Continue reading My Light Shines On – The Telephone