Scottish Opera Spring and Summer Programme to Feature Old and New Productions 

Following a busy year of both indoor and outdoor performances, Scottish Opera (SO) is announcing a full and varied 2022 Spring and Summer programme.

Opening on 22nd February is a new production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of Citizens Theatre, who brings his Shakespearean expertise in the telling of this tale in an otherworldly mix of imagination and reality set in a post-war world, with designs by the renowned Tom Piper.

On March 18th at Perth Concert Hall, is a double bill Opera in Concert adapted from stories by Russian writer Alexander Pushkin that results in Sergei Rachmaninov’s The Miserly Knight,a story of a miser destroyed by greed, and Igor Stravinsky’s Mavra, a sharp-edged comedy that parodies the romances of its day.

December 12th in Dundee’s Caird Hall sees an advent celebration with Scottish Opera’s The Puccini Collection conducted by SO Music Director Stuart Stratford, that features favourite arias, ensemble numbers and orchestral interludes from Giacomo Puccini’s timeless operas.

On May 15th, there will be a revival of renowned baritone and director Sir Thomas Allen’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni set in the backstreets of 17th century Venice, with designs by Simon Higlett. Don Giovanni opens at Theatre Royal Glasgow, before touring to Inverness, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

The Company is again able to offer a group of young artists a period of full-time work at the beginning of their careers. These Emerging Artists, soprano Catriona Hewitson, mezzo-soprano Lea Shaw, tenor Glen Cunningham and repetiteur Toby Hession can be heard at two lunchtime recitals on 24th and 25th November at the University of St Andrews and the University of Glasgow.

A collaboration with National Opera Studio provides the Young Artists with a week-long residency in Glasgow, culminating in this special performance by some of the country’s most talented developing artists on 25th February, when Emma Jenkins directs a performance at Theatre Royal Glasgow.

Returning in February with an 18-date tour around Scotland is the popular Opera

Highlights directed by John Savournin.

The Last Aliens, a School Tour for Primary 5 to Primary 7 pupils encouraging engagement with climate change, is heading to over 50 schools around Scotland this Spring. Composed by Alan Penman with lyrics by Ross Stenhouse, The Last Aliens Spring Tour runs from 31st January to 11th March 2022.

Irene Brown

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