Scottish Opera Reveals 2017-18 Season Which Will Showcase Babies

By David Salazar

The Scottish Opera has announced its 2017-18 season, which will feature

Verdi’s “La Traviata” opens the season in a production by Sir David McVicar on Oct. 19, 2017, at the Theatre Royal Glasgow. There will be subsequent performances at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Eden Court, Inverness, and the Festival Theatre Edinburgh. Sopranos Gulnara Shafigullina and Anush Hovhannisyan alternate the title role.

Jonathan Dove’s “Flight” makes its Scottish premiere on Feb. 17 in Glasgow with performances also slated for Edinburgh. The cast includes James Laing, Jennifer France, Peter Auty, Stephanie Corley, Marie McLaughlin, recent Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 competitor Sioned Gwen Davies, Jonathan McGovern, Stephen Gadd, Victoria Simmonds and Graeme Broadbent.

Also in Glasgow and Edinburgh will be Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” with soprano Mardi Byers leading the cast that also includes Kor-Jn Dusseljee, Emily Edmonds, Jennifer France, and Sir Thomas Allen, among others. The opera will be directed by Anthony McDonald.

Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” gets performances at all the theaters, with Glasgow getting the opening on April 27, 2018. This is the first production of the opera for the company since 1993 and it will star Samuel Dale Johnson, Natalya Romaniw, Peter Auty and Sioned Gwen Davies.

Next up is “Greek,” a co-production with Opera Ventures, based on a play by Steven Berkoff. The opera appears in Glasgow in February before heading to the Edinburgh International Festival.

The season ends with a production of “Pagliacci” directed by Bill Bankes-Jones. The opera is set to be staged in a ‘circus’ tent. Stuart Stratford will conduct.

Finally, the company will showcase “Bambino,” a new work aimed at allowing babies to explore new sounds. The work is written by Lliam Paterson and will be directed by Phelim McDermott.

In addition to the main productions, there will also be concert performances of “Iolanta” on Oct. 29, 2017, Prokofiev’s “The Fiery Angel” on Dec. 3, 2017, and a double bill of “Aleko” and “Francesca da Rimini” by Rachmaninoff.

There will also be a showcase of the company’s Opera Sparks 2018, which features new composers showcasing short operas. This year’s works include “The to the Elements,” “Little Black Lies” and “Maud,” which will be showcased on April 14 and 15, 2018.

There will be other programs on display including concert lectures, among other things.