Scottish Opera 2018-19 Season To Feature Thomas Allen, Emma Bell & Adam Smith

By David Salazar

The Scottish Opera has announced the 2018-19 season. The season will feature five staged productions and a number of concert opera performances. Let’s dive in. 

The season kicks off with Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” which will get its opening night performance on Oct. 18, 2018. Aris Argiris stars in the title role with Lina Johnson as Gilda and Adam Smith as the Duke of Mantua. The production is a revival of the 2011 production by Matthew Richardson. 

The production will be shown across four cities including Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Inverness. 

Performance Dates: Oct. 18- Nov. 24, 2018 

Janacek’s “Kátya Kabanová” will get five performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh in a production by Stephen Lawless, which is shared with the Theater Magdeburg. Laura Wilde stars in the title role and Stuart Stratford conducts. 

Performance Dates:  March 12-13, 2019

Next up is a revival of the 2012 production of “The Magic Flute” starring James Creswell as Sarastro and Julia Sitkovetsky as the Queen of the Night. The work will be sung in English under the direction of Sir Thomas Allen. It will get a whopping 15 performances across four cities. 

Performance Dates: May 4- June 15, 2019

The company will world premiere MacRae and Welsh’s “Anthropocene.” The work follows a team of scientists stranded in the arctic wastelands. Matthew Richardson directs a production that will get six performances in three cities, including London. 

Performance Dates: Jan. 26-Feb. 9, 2019

Finally, the company will showcase two performances of “Pagliacci,” in a unique experience that is set to put audiences in “the middle of the action.” 

Ronaldo Samm stars as Canio, Anna Patalong will be Nedda, Robert Hayward will take on Tonio, Samuel Dale Johnson will interpret Silvio, and Alasdair Elliott will round out the cast as Beppe. Stuart Stratford conducts. 

Performance Dates: July 26, 28, 2019

Gluck’s “Orfeo et Euridice” will get a showcase from the Scottish Opera Young Company. 

Performance Dates: April 6, 7, 2019

Conductor Gianluca Marcianò will also lead a concert performance of Puccini’s “Edgar” on Oct. 28, 2018.

That will be followed by Mascagni’s “Silvano” which will get performances on April 14 and 16, 2019. Emma Bell stars as Matilde and Stratford conducts. 

The company will also present Britten’s “The Burning Fiery Furnace” on Sept. 21, 2018, at St. Mary’s Parish Church in Haddington as part of the Lammermuir Festival. 

The company will be taking singers on tour and will also continue showcasing the successful “BambinO” throughout Scotland after heading to NY and Paris.