AS A national company, Scottish Opera performs in some of the country's grandest venues. Tomorrow, however, the prestigious arts organisation will lower its sights by embarking on a tour of staff canteens.
Scottish Opera's new production of the Marriage of Figaro opens in Glasgow on 29 October, and comes to Edinburgh next month. Even the company's detractors, bitterly angry over the recent move to take its orchestra part-time, expect it to be a good night out.
Scottish Opera: Carmen ****
Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow
THE timing could not have been worse. Just as Scottish Opera was making final preparations to set out its stall for the new 2010-11 season – launched today – word finally got out last week that the full-time future of its house orchestra is in serious jeopardy.
SCOTTISH Opera is expected to cut costs in the face of tightening government budgets by renegotiating contracts with members of its orchestra.
Scottish Opera Five:15****
THE HEAD of the Musicians' Union in Scotland yesterday called on Scottish Opera to use its orchestra in more performances if it was "under-utilised", as bosses now claim.
A FORMER boss of Scottish Opera has been named chief of the "Cultural Olympiad" to orchestrate Britain's arts programme during the 2012 Olympics.
SCOTTISH OPERA: KATYA KABANOVA ****
EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE, GIFFNOCK
THE Scottish Opera circus is coming to Edinburgh later this year, it has been announced.
IT'S ONLY WHEN the wardrobe assistant has strapped me into the floor-length skirt with side panniers, and tightly laced my torso into the matching gold stays, that I begin to have a nagging feeling that, perhaps, I need to visit the loo. Of course, it's just my mind playing tricks on me, simply because I'm now stuck in this terribly restrictive, 18th-century-style outfit. Still, it's an experience that makes me appreciative of our modern uniform of jeans and T-shirts. Especiall
A COURTESAN mingles with the upper classes. She is wooed by the hot-blooded youth of the aristocracy. She becomes an emotional pawn in a social game she can never win. Fate decrees the inevitable. The courtesan dies a tragic and lonely death. True love never stood a chance.
A LESS traditional, more collaborative Scottish Opera is getting its affairs in order, and gearing up to make the most of the Fringe
TWO of Scotland's leading performance companies launched an attack on Edinburgh City Council yesterday after a major funding blow for the second year in a row.
FOR 15 minutes, the celebrated Mariinsky Theatre rang with applause, a packed audience calling back the cast seven times. The world's leading diva, Anna Netrebko, and Scotland's national opera company basked in the adulation of the St Petersburg crowd.
ANNA Netrebko, one of the operatic superstars of the 21st century, is to make her return to the stage tomorrow in a production by Scottish Opera.
THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW