LAURA ZIGMANTAITE pic croppedMezzo-soprano Laura Zigmanaitė makes her Scottish Opera début singing Flora Bervoix in La Traviata at the Theatre Royal Glasgow on October 19. A revival of David McVicar’s production, there are performances on tour until November 30 conducted by David Parry and Dane Lam. This is the first of Laura’s roles as a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist this season.

Kate Howder - Mezzo soprano c.Robert WorkmanMezzo Kate Howden will feature in Opera Passion Day on October 19 from 14:00 on BBC Arts Digital. when
Scottish Opera presents live performances of arias from The Pearl Fishers, The Coronation of Poppea and The Gondoliers from Bowmore on the Isle of Islay in the Inner Hebrides.

Simon Bejer at the V & A

October 18, 2017

Rinaldo theatre for V&A Opera - Passion, Power and PoliticsSimon Bejer has designed a working mechanical theatre based on historical technologies and original descriptions of the premiere of Handel’s opera Rinaldo in 1711 for the 2017 V&A exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics. The exhibition is open until until February 25, 2018.

Harry Fehr Scandi début

September 25, 2017

Harry Fehr - Director c. Alex Brenner

In his Scandinavian début Harry Fehr directs L’Elisir d’Amore (Elskovsdrikken) for Den Jyske Opera (Danish National Opera). The production opens in Odense on October 6 and tours Denmark until December 2. The production is designed by Yannis Thavoris and conducted by Per-Otto Johansson.

Sarah Fahie, choreographerChoreographer and movement director Sarah Fahie’s work can be seen in cinemas on October 3 in La Bohème live from The Royal Opera House. The staging by Richard Jones is conducted by Antonio Pappano and is a co-production with the Teatro Real, Madrid and Chicago Lyric Opera. From October 2 Garsington Opera’s production of Semele in Annalese Miskimmon’s staging with Sarah’s movement direction will be available to view on BBC Arts Online for six months.

Kate Howder - Mezzo soprano c.Robert WorkmanMezzo-soprano Kate Howden tours the highlands and islands with Scottish Opera this autumn giving a programme of opera highlights from Monteverdi to Offenbach. There are 17 dates between September 21 and October 29. “Howden’s lovely mezzo – full of character, feeling and insight – suggests she is a singer to watch.” Opera Today

LAURA ZIGMANTAITE pic croppedWe are delighted to welcome Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Laura Zigmantaitė to CPM. A recent graduate of the National Opera Studio in London Laura is a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist where this season she will sing Flora La Traviata,  Laura Iolanta (in concert) plus roles in Mark-Anthony Turnage Greek and Dryad Ariadne auf Naxos. 

He Wu - sopranoHe Wu takes the main soprano role of Daiyu in Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang’s Dream of the Red Chamber on tour in China conducted by Sheng. The work was commissioned by San Francisco Opera where the production by Stan Lai originated last season. The tour starts at the Poly Theater, Beijing on September 8 & 9 before being part of opening the Zaha Hadid-designed Meixihu International Culture and Arts Centre Grand Theatre in Changsha on September 15 & 16 with He’s final performance in Quintai Grand Theatre, Wuhan on September 23.

tom-greaves-alice-hewkin-and-jack-parker-110406Designer Simon Bejer‘s sets and costumes for Kiki’s Delivery Service can be experienced again  at The Southwark Playhouse, London from August 10 to September 3. Directed by Kate Hewitt, Eiko Kadono’s novels have been adapted by Jessica Siân. You can see images of the show here.“What strikes the audience first as they take their seats is the set design … the set itself opts for both functionality and metaphor as it invokes a sense of playful innocence that is mirrored throughout the rest of the performance.” The Upcoming.

Robert Howarth, conductorConductor Robert Howarth directs Purcell King Arthur with singers from the Advanced Baroque Opera Course at Dartington on August 10. The work is semi-staged by Richard Williams and follows a performance of Great Baroque Sonatas he leads on August 5.