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WHAT TO WATCH: Scottish Opera present emerging artists recital online

Scottish Opera presents an online recital showcasing the talented group of Emerging Artists from the 2019/20 Season.

This Season marked the 10-year anniversary since the programme began in 2009 and will conclude with singers Charlie Drummond, Arthur Bruce, Mark Nathan, and Associate Artist Heather Ireson performing a recital live on YouTube, which will be available for all to watch.

Presented by Director, Roxana Haines and accompanied by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark, the four young singers will entertain with a short, light hearted programme of operatic highlights.

The Emerging Artists programme offers young artists a period of full-time work with the Company to help them launch their careers. Initially set up to nurture outstanding young singers, the programme now also includes positions for a repetiteur, costume trainee, a composer in residence, and, during Season19/20 for the first time, an Associate Producer.

Previous Emerging Artists include soprano Jennifer France, tenor Elgan Llŷr Thomas, baritone Ben McAteer, repetiteur Jonathon Swinard, and composers Gareth Williams and Lliam Paterson.

The recital will be available to watch on our website here: https://www.scottishopera.org.uk/shows/emerging-artist-recital/

Image: James Glossop

REVIEW: Maxim Vengerov & Roustem Saïtkoulov – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Russian-born superstar violinist Maxim Vengerov showcases his astonishing technical skill and artistry in this one-night only recital as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Beginning with Schubert’s Violin Sonata in A Major D547, followed by Beethoven’s Violin Sonata in C Minor Op.30 No.2, Vengerov’s blistering virtuosity is clearly on show from the start and despite the similarity in style and tone of the two pieces there’s much to marvel at and enjoy.

It is in the second part of the programme where things really liven, in Ravel’s Jazz-age Violin Sonata in G Major, Bengerov delivers a real treat for the ears, and in Ernst’s Polyphonic Etude no.6 (based on the traditional Irish tune The Last Rose of Summer) every staggering technical skill Vengerov possesses is on show: multiple stopping, left-handed pizzicatos and quite frankly breathtaking harmonics.

Despite the cavernous size of the Usher Hall stage, Vengerov and pianist Roustem Saïtkoulov, manage to achieve an air of intimacy and connection to their audience and both look genuinely delighted to be in front of this adoring assembly.

Ending on a pair of lively Paganini pieces, we are left wanting more and hoping that it won’t be long before Vengerov graces a British stage again.