Category Archives: CLASSICAL FOCUS

NEWS: OPERA HIGHLIGHTS TOURS TO 17 VENUES ACROSS SCOTLAND THIS AUTUMN

On September 12, Scottish Opera’s hugely popular Opera Highlights tour kicks off with four singers and a pianist journeying to 17 venues the length and breadth of Scotland, from Kirkwall in the north to Stranraer in the south.

Travelling the highways and byways by land, sea and air, the Autumn tour begins in Motherwell before heading to Stirling, Stonehaven, Tain, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree, Oban, Galashiels, Perth, Dunfermline, Thurso, Kirkwall, Ellon, Stranraer, Greenock and Musselburgh.

The setting for director Roxana Haines’ production of Opera Highlights is a beautiful garden party, and features a playlist of operatic classics and must-hear rarities, curated by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark. Highlights include Delibes’ ‘Flower Duet’, Vaughan Williams’ ‘Blue larkspur in a garden’ and many more from the likes of Mozart, Lehár and Scottish Opera Composer in Residence, Samuel Bordoli.

Pianist/Music Director Ian Shaw is joined by Scottish Opera Emerging Artist soprano Charlie Drummond; mezzo-soprano Martha Jones; tenor Alex Bevan and baritone Mark Nathan, who is also a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist this Season.

The same show returns in Spring 2020, with a different cast: soprano Zoe Drummond; mezzo-soprano Jade Moffat; tenor Andrew Irwin and baritone Arthur Bruce, The Robertson Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist who is a former member of Scottish Opera Young Company. It will tour another 17 venues around Scotland from February 4: Bathgate, Birnam, Markinch, Campbeltown, Bowmore, Arrochar, Bunessan, Arisaig, Beauly, Cumnock, Castle Douglas, Callander, Lerwick, Peebles, Fochabers, Alford and Rutherglen. In total, this Season’s Opera Highlights is visiting 34 venues.

Roxana Haines, who is directing Scottish Opera’s Fox-tot! at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer, said: ‘This year’s Opera Highlights cast cordially invite you to a party on your doorstep, set throughout luscious gardens and magical flora and fauna of Opera. The stage has been set, decorations unpacked and the guests have all arrived but, the only problem is, no one quite knows who or why we’re celebrating…

‘As the evening progresses, the connections between our characters unravel through music from the likes of Handel, Donizetti and Mozart, and lighter pieces from Gilbert & Sullivan and Vaughan Williams as well as a new work by Samuel Bordoli. Prepare for charm, magic and love in all its operatic forms.’

Scottish Opera’s General Director, Alex Reedijk, said: ‘I am delighted that Scottish Opera will be touring what promises to be another sensational Opera Highlights to 34 venues across Scotland in the Autumn and Spring. This longstanding and much acclaimed commitment by the Company to presenting work across Scotland is part of what makes us Scottish Opera, and is welcomed by our far-flung audiences as a lovely operatic tonic! Opera Highlights also serves to introduce young singers to our audiences, and greatly assists their development as artists alongside presenting the joys of opera and singing to our widely spread audience.’
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Opera Highlights Autumn Tour Cast and Creative Team

Soprano Charlie Drummond*
Mezzo-soprano Martha Jones
Tenor Alex Bevan
Baritone Mark Nathan*

Pianist/Music Director Ian Shaw
Director Roxana Haines
Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli*

*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Performance Diary

Motherwell Theatre, Motherwell
Thu 12 Sep, 7.30pm

Albert Halls, Stirling
Sat 14 Sep, 7.30pm

Stonehaven Town Hall, Stonehaven
Tue 17 Sep, 7.30pm

Duthac Centre, Tain
Thu 19 Sep, 7.30pm

Macphail Centre, Ullapool
Sat 21 Sep, 7.30pm

An Lanntair, Stornoway
Tues 24 Sep, 7.30pm

Aros Centre, Portree
Thu 26 Sep, 7.30pm

Corran Halls, Oban
Sat 28 Sep, 7.30pm

Volunteer Hall, Galashiels
Tues 1 Oct, 7.30pm

Perth Theatre, Perth
Thu 3 Oct, 7.30pm

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
Sat 5 Oct, 7.30pm

Thurso High School, Thurso
Tue 8 Oct, 7.30pm

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
Thu 10 Oct, 7.30pm

Haddo House, Ellon
Sat 12 Oct, 7.30pm

Ryan Centre, Stranraer
Tues 15, 7.30pm

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
Thu 17 Oct, 7.30pm

The Brunton, Musselburgh
Sat 19 Oct, 7.30pm

CLASSICAL FOCUS – Mozart’s Requiem at City Halls

MOZART’S REQUIEM at CITY HALLS

Friday 11 October 2019 – 7.30pm

MOZART Symphony No 1 in E-flat, K16 (13’)
MOZART Adagio and fugue in C minor, K546 (9’)
MOZART Masonic Funeral Music, K477 (6’)
MOZART Requiem in D minor, K626 (55’)

KLAUS MÄKELÄ – Conductor 
SIMONE KERMES – Soprano
HANNA HIPP – Mezzo Soprano 
MARKUS BRUTSCHER – Tenor
MARKUS SUIHKONEN – Bass

SCO Chorus
Gregory Batsleer – Chorus Director

Here is a portrait of Mozart the genius, boy and man – from a joyous symphony written when he was just eight years old, to the profound Requiem that he left unfinished at his death. Meet him as he measures up to his idol, JS Bach in the Adagio and Fugue, and as a solemn freemason in the Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music).
This concert is also a chance to meet an extraordinary young talent from Finland: the conductor Klaus Mäkelä. Still in his early 20s, he is already in high demand and has a string of prestigious appointments to his name. Come and hear what all the excitement is about.

CLASSICAL FOCUS – BBC SSO: Afternoon Performance 1 – Schumann Cello Concerto with Johannes Moser

BBC SSO 2019/20: Afternoon Performance 1 – Schumann Cello Concerto

Thursday 10 October 2019, 2.00PM

Tickets – £13.50 in advance (£16.50 on day) 

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Passions ran deep in the Romantic era, and a simple dance rhythm could be enough to set hearts pounding. Weber’s Invitation to the Dance begins with quiet courtesy, but in Berlioz’s silken,
glittering orchestration it positively whirls you off your feet. And Brahms starts his Piano Quartet
with three movements of mellow emotion – before suddenly cutting loose in the wildest, craziest
folk-dance he ever wrote. Schoenberg loved this piece, and his uproariously entertaining orchestral version doesn’t stint on either colour or panache. Hearing is believing: and that goes double when guest conductor Alexander Vedernikov joins the distinguished German cellist Johannes Moser in Schumann’s ardent Cello Concerto.

Weber (orch. Berlioz)
Invitation to the Dance
Schumann
Cello Concerto
Brahms (orch. Schoenberg)
Piano Quartet in G minor

Johannes Moser cello
Alexander Vedernikov conductor

CLASSICAL FOCUS – RSNO Season Opener: Strauss & Mahler One

RSNO Season Opener: Strauss & Mahler One

Saturday 5 October 2019, 7.30PM

Tickets – £38.00, £29.50, £24.50, £18.50 and £13.00 

R Strauss Don Juan
Berg Seven Early Songs
Mahler Symphony No1 Titan

Thomas Søndergård Conductor
Karen Cargill Mezzo-Soprano
Royal Scottish National Orchestra

A flurry of strings, a blast of trumpets: Richard Strauss’ Don Juan opens with one of the most dramatic flourishes in musical history. Gustav Mahler took a different approach and began his youthful First Symphony with the creation of the world itself. But they both knew how to make an orchestra sound sensational, and along with Berg’s seven lush songs – sung by the great Scottish mezzo Karen Cargill – Thomas Søndergård will make this an ear-tingling, heart-pounding start to our new Season.

Supported by the RSNO Conductors’ Circle

CLASSICAL FOCUS – Delve Deeper – In Focus: The Vienna Connection with Thomas Søndergård RSNO Music Director

Delve Deeper – In Focus: The Vienna Connection

Saturday 5 October 2019, 3.00PM at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Thomas Søndergård RSNO Music Director

Prof Johnny Rodger Glasgow School of Art

Bill Chandler RSNO Director of Concerts and Engagement

Join Thomas Søndergård and guests for a round-table discussion with recordings and live music as they uncover the fascinating context in which the Romantic movement of Beethoven and Goethe reached its pinnacle and gave birth to the modern. In Focus: The Vienna Connection launches our journey through the golden age of this vibrant city with a virtual gallery of works by Gustav Klimt; a tour through the architecture and designs of Otto Wagner; an exploration of the great Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his exhibitions in Vienna; and even an encounter with Sigmund Freud!

CLASSICAL FOCUS – Scottish Chamber Music Showcase at City Halls

Scottish Chamber Music Showcase – 25 August 2019, 2.00PM at City Halls rehearsal room

Tickets – £10

Enterprise Music Scotland in association with Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, present the Scottish Chamber Music Showcase: an afternoon of music from some of the most exciting new and established chamber ensembles that Scotland has to offer.

The Showcase will feature performances by Euan Stevenson (piano), Cordes en Ciel (lute and soprano duo), the Broen Ensemble (string septet), and the premiere performance of Enterprise Music Scotland’s new 2019-21 Ensemble in Residence, GAIA (violin and cello duo).

CLASSICAL FOCUS – Peter and the Wolf at Glasgow Concert Hall

Children’s Classic Concerts – Peter and The Wolf at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Saturday 31 August 2019, 1.00PM and 3.00pm  – All ages

Tickets – £13.20, £41.80 – Family ticket (includes booking fee)

Peter and the Wolf (and other stories)

Children’s Classic Concerts’ Essential Orchestra is back with a fantastical musical adventure featuring Prokofiev’s iconic fairytale Peter and the Wolf.  Brought to life on stage by our very own musical characters, they will transport you from Peter’s  forest to Romeo and Juliet’s castle stopping off for a spin around Sleeping Beauty’s ballroom. And we’ll need your help in the Wizard’s dungeon conjuring up some magic to help the Sorcerer’s Apprentice get those brooms under control!

Children’s Classic Concerts has a serious commitment to making music fun.  Reaching more than 13,000 children and their families each year, our concerts range from symphony orchestra concerts to small chamber concerts and cover classical, orchestral, folk and jazz music. We aim to create interactive, innovative and inspirational experiences that can ignite a passion for culture in both the young and the old.  Our performances will have every one up and dancing, singing and, most importantly, having fun!

***  Family ticket available (2 adults and 2 children) – £41.80  ***

***  Babes in arms, under 12 months, go free  ***