Scottish Opera Announces Spring/Summer 2021 Performances

By Francisco Salazar

The Scottish Opera has announced the premiere of two new films, along with plans for over 200 outdoor performances this summer.

The performances will be given in alignment with the Scottish Government timeline for easing restrictions.

Among the performances, this summer will be an outdoor production of “Falstaff,” designed and directed by Sir David McVicar, as well as a Pop-up Opera roadshow which will travel across Scotland for over 200 performances of five Gilbert & Sullivan shows: “The Pirates of Penzance,” “The Gondoliers,” “The Mikado,” “HMS Pinafore” and “Iolanthe.”

The company will also premiere a filmed performance of Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore,” directed by Roxana Haines, and an operatic film Live in South Lanarkshire from Rutherglen Town Hall.

In a statement, Scottish Opera’s General Director, Alex Reedijk, said, ‘I am delighted that we are preparing to bring live music back to audiences following almost a year without live opera. Falstaff will be a love letter to our glorious art form, with over 120 people working together on the production. Sir David McVicar offers an amazing vision for our carpark as he directs and designs an ingenious show with exquisite 17th century period costumes, promising an evening of comedy, pathos and pure entertainment. Adding to what is sure to be a summer like no other, Pop-up Opera will tour to communities across Scotland for over 200 performances in two specially adapted trailers, offering double the fun for double the audiences. Before then, and as we continue to make our way out of the pandemic, we are very happy to add to our collection of filmed performances, with L’Elisir d’Amore and Live in South Lanarkshire. We plan to be back in theatres presenting live opera as soon as restrictions allow, but in the meantime, we are thrilled to be able to offer outdoor, live performances again.’

Full dates, times, and venues will be announced in the coming weeks.