NEWS: SCOTTISH OPERA AND THE NATIONAL OPERA STUDIO PERFORM RUSSIAN-THEMED REPERTOIRE IN THE SUNDAY SERIES: OPERA IN CONCERT
Scottish Opera’s The Sunday Series: Opera in Concert continues on 25 February at 3pm in Theatre Royal Glasgow with From Russia With Love, a semi-staged performance with the National Opera Studio featuring repertoire with a Russian theme.
Every year, Britain’s major opera companies host residences for the London-based National Opera Studio – the UK’s leading training programme for young opera professionals. This Season is the Studio’s 40th anniversary and Scottish Opera is hosting a week-long residency for the young artists, culminating in this special performance, accompanied by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
Scottish Opera’s Music Director Stuart Stratford has curated The Sunday Series concerts which focus this Season on his love of, and expertise in, Russian music. The varied Russian programme for February’s performance includes favourites from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, as well as lesser known pieces, rarely performed on the Scottish stage, from Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky and Walton.
Stuart Stratford said: ‘From Russia With Love is a fond look at some Russian inspired classics, as well as some lesser known rarities. The audience will join us on an exciting journey across the Russian musical landscape. Visit the exotic fairy tale world of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Golden Cockerel and Kashchey the Immortal, take a look at the passionate sound world of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades and Cherevichki, and revel in the bleak and austere truth of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina. Russian classics are also represented with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and the Russian inspired The Bear by Walton. We are excited to be working with some of the country’s most talented developing artists from the National Opera Studio.’
The Sunday Series 2017/18 closes in May with a concert featuring two works by Rachmaninov: Aleko and Francesca da Rimini. Adapted from a poem by Pushkin, Aleko was Rachmaninov’s first opera. This will be Scottish Opera’s first ever performance of Rachmaninov and the Scottish premiere of Francesca da Rimini, a little-known opera telling a story of love and death with a plot drawn from Dante’s Inferno.
Performance Diary for The Sunday Series: Opera in Concert
National Opera Studio: From Russia with Love
25 Feb 2018, 3pm
Theatre Royal Glasgow
Rachmaninov’s Aleko and Francesca da Rimini
6 May, 3pm
Theatre Royal Glasgow