Scottish Opera Unveils Outdoor and Filmed Spring/Summer 2021 Programme

This summer holds the prospect of live opera again with outdoor performances planned by Scottish Opera, in keeping with Scottish Government guidelines. In the meantime, two filmed performances are announced by the Company.

Returning to Scottish Opera to design and direct an outdoor production of Verdi’s Falstaff, is world renowned Scottish director Sir David McVicar who last worked with the Company on his UK Theatre Award-winning production of Pelléas and Mélisande.

The performance will take place in the Company’s Edington Street Carpark in Glasgow, that saw a successful run of outdoor performances of La Bohème in September 2020. This will be a co-production with Santa Fe Opera in which Sir David will transforms the outdoor space for this production of Verdi’s comic opera that will be  sung in English in a translation by Amanda Holden. Further Edinburgh dates are expected to be announced soon.

This summer will also see the return of Scottish Opera’s popular Pop-up Opera tour that will include 25 minute performances of five classic Gilbert & Sullivans – The Gondoliers, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and Iolanthe.  Two specially-adapted trailers will take to the road at the same time that hope to attract audiences of over 12,000, with seating in bubbles subject to Scottish Government guidelines.

The final leg of the tour, that will run throughout September, will offer a double bill of shows including the Pirates of Penzance and a revival of A Little Bit of Bubble McBea, that is aimed at children in Primary 1 to 3, and deals with environmental issues in the coasts around Scotland.

As part of the Scottish Opera: On Screen programme, Roxana Haines will direct a performance of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore that will befilmed at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal on 22 May 2021 and will be available to watch on the Scottish Opera website from 18 June. Before then, BBC Radio Scotland features audio excerpts from the performance as part of a special Classics Unwrapped presented by Jamie MacDougall on Sunday 13 June.

On Friday 23 April, a film of operatic favourites, that goes under the name of Live in South Lanarkshire, shows highlights from the last indoor performance for a live audience at Rutherglen Town Hall before the pandemic. The playlist includes Bizet’s Carmen, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and more from the likes of Puccini, Mozart and Delibes, with an introduction from Rutherglen Town Hall’s Venue Manager, Colin McWilliams and will be available to watch on Scottish Opera’s website.

Scottish Opera’s Music Director, Stuart Stratford, said “I am so excited that we are able offer outdoor, live opera to audiences across Scotland once again with Falstaff and Pop-up opera. Even more so that we have the opportunity to work with Sir David McVicar on Falstaff for what is sure to be a visual and musical feast. Sir David’s creativity and passion is immersed in every aspect of the production and his spectacular vision for our carpark location will make the audience experience even more visceral and immediate, especially in this outdoor setting. As Verdi’s last great work the piece contains all the fabulous searing melodies, raw emotion and comedy which brings together our incredible world-class cast and orchestra.

‘I am delighted that until then we can continue to provide performance through our Scottish Opera: On Screen programme, with L’elisir d’amore and Live in South Lanarkshire. As one of Donizetti’s most loved operas, L’elisir d’amore’s enchanting melodies embody this delightful romantic comedy for a truly fun and uplifting opera.”

Irene Brown

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