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.

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. 

Ariodante Scottish Opera 2 c. James Glossop**** The Times, **** The Observer **** The Telegraph ****The Herald ****The Scotsman ****The Arts Desk

Harry Fehr’s production of Ariodante for Scottish Opera has received great critical success:

“Meticulously directed” The Times

“A modern Ariodante fit for Handel’s score”  The Telegraph

“Fehr’s production is brave, unafraid of unsubtle imagery and very strong, both visually and conceptually… In the end, though, it’s the questions that Fehr’s staging raises that stay in the memory.”  The Arts Desk

“… in this new production by Harry Fehr of Handel’s Ariodante … Scottish Opera have hit the nail on the head.” The Scotsman

“Harry Fehr’s staging of Handel’s Ariodante for Scottish Opera takes liberties but reaps rewards.” The Observer

Further performances on February 24 and 27 at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh.

Wigtastic HandelHarry Fehr’s new production of Handel Ariodante conducted by Nicholas Kraemer  for Scottish Opera opens at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow on February 16. There with further performances on February 18, 20 – Glasgow and February 24 & 27 –  Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. Yannis Thavoris designs this second Handel opera to a text by Ariosto that Harry has directed for the company, following the great success of Orlando.

Sarah Champion interview

October 19, 2015

Sarah Champion - Mezzo Soprano - © Studio 52 - Low resRead about mezzo Sarah Champion’s road from Jimi Hendrix in Montreal to performing Cosi fan Tutte with Scottish Opera in The Highlands.

Sarah Champion sings Dorabella

September 18, 2015

Sarah Champion - Mezzo Soprano - © Studio 52 - Low resMezzo Sarah Champion will sing Dorabella Cosi fan Tutte for Scottish Opera’s small scale tour on September 24 (Stirling), 26 (Helensburgh), 29 (Ayr), October 1 (Kelso), 3 (Dundee), 6 (Elgin), 8 (Ellon), 10 (Aboyne), 13 (Kirkwall), 15 (Wick) and 17 (Inverness). Claire Haslin is music director for Lissa Lorenzo’s new production.

Wigtastic HandelDirector Harry Fehr and conductor Nicholas Kraemer join forces for a new production of Handel’s Ariodante in Scottish Opera’s 2015/16 season, details just announced. They last collaborated on the critically acclaimed Buxton Festival production of La Finta Giardiniera in 2013.

 Scottish Opera's The Flying Dutchman. Credit James Glossop. 2013.Harry Fehr’s new production of The Flying Dutchman for Scottish Opera has received glowing reviews:
4 stars – … a thought-provoking production –  The Guardian. [full review]
4 stars – This enthralling production of The Flying Dutchman – The Telegraph [full review]
4 stars – … a complete success in narrative terms. – The Herald [full review]