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Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera was founded by Sir Alexander Gibson in 1962 whilst the Orchestra of Scottish Opera was founded in 1980.



Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore
Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore
A live recording of an acclaimed one-off, sold-out performance at the 2015 EIF. 

CKD 522  

The Company's notable achievements include the world premiere of James MacMillan's Ines de Castro at the 1996 Edinburgh International Festival, and complete Ring cycles at the 2003 Edinburgh International Festival, which won the 2004 South Bank Show Award for Best Opera Production.

Recent commissions include Five:15 Operas Made in Scotland (2008-10) and Craig Armstrong's The Lady from the Sea, James MacMillan's Clemency and the double bill of Huw Watkins's In the Locked Room and Stuart MacRae's Ghost Patrol, which had their premieres at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival (Ghost Patrol won a South Bank Sky Arts Award). In 2016, Scottish Opera premiered The Devil Inside, its third commission from composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh.

Scottish Opera aims to bring the widest range of opera, performed to the highest standards, to the maximum audience throughout Scotland and the UK. Each year it performs in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness and dozens of other theatres, village halls and community centres across Scotland. It also operates an extensive programme of outreach and education work involving over 10,000 schoolchildren every year, as well as many other activities, including adult learning and the Unwrapped taster sessions.
For further information - www.scottishopera.org.uk
Presto Classical 'Disc of the Year' Finalists
22 November 2016
Dunedin Consort and Scottish Opera included.
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BBC 'Choice' For Two Linn Recordings
07 July 2016
Critics Praise IBO and Scottish Opera
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Richard Egarr Talks Pinafore
20 May 2016
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Classical CD Choice
'This is a lively and ingratiating reading of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpiece...the opera is dispatched in energetic fashion.'


Opera News
Critic's Choice: 'Revelatory...An eminently seaworthy Pinafore, sure to captivate Savoyards everywhere.'
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Limelight
'The music is bright and melodic with excellent harmonies.'
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BBC Radio 2 'Desmond Carrington'
'Lucky Dip' track


Crescendo
4 Stars
« HMS Pinafore est une œuvre plaisante contenant de nombreux airs fort bien construits ... Elle reste somme toute assez lisse... »
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'So beautifully done. Sophisticated. It's a strong cast.'
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Fanfare
'The cast for this Pinafore is consistently satisfying...John Mark Ainsley as Sir Joseph...is wickedly funny...'
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Arthur Sullivan Society Journal
'Richard Egarr's enthusiasm for the opera, and for Sullivan, shines out in his conducting, which is lively and sensitive.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
Opera Choice: 'As a full modern recording without dialogue, this is definitely recommendable.'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'Featuring a charismatic cast...the production was especially noteworthy for conductor Richard Egarr's historically informed approach to the music.'
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KulturRadio
5 Stars
„Diese CD ist ein Glücksfall und ein erstaunlicher Lebensbeweis des Genres.“
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Der Neue Merker
„Die Aufführung der Schottischen Oper in Edinburgh ist jedenfalls ein Hit."
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The Telegraph
'...the performance is largely excellent...the whole thing bounces and sparkles and smiles...'
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The New Listener
„Dazwischen hinreißende Chöre und Ensembles, kurzum ein Vergnügen, das diese Live-Aufnahme durchaus adäquat einfängt."
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The Herald Scotland
'Conductor Richard Egarr, the Scottish Opera orchestra and chorus and a fine line-up of soloists, including John Mark Ainsley, Elizabeth Watts and Toby Spence shine...'
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Gramophone
'...it's light on its feet, and the Scottish Opera Orchestra respond with warmth and grace. It was clearly one of those occasions where everyone plays off each other, and with a cast like this, the results are never less than engaging...'
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Financial Times
'A first-rate cast...[it] sparkles.'
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MusicWeb International
'The singers are first class and well suited to their roles...The rest of the cast do equal justice, with soloists and chorus singing with excellent tonal balance, energy and commitment under Richard Egarr's leadership.'
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Ihr Opernratgeber
„Für den spritzigen Orchesterklang sorgt der Dirigent Richard Egarr . Eine witzige Produktion, die glücklicherweise ohne Holzhammerhumor auskommt.“
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The Sunday Times
'Gilbert's satire on the English class system, political jobbery and hypocrisy, and the navy still resonates...its native tunefulness keep[s] the score fresh.'
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Presto Classical
Disc of the Week: '…for my money Egarr and Co. get the balance between tradition and freshness absolutely spot-on: there’s a tremendous sense of affection and conviction from all involved, and never a suggestion of anyone condescending to the material…Working from two recent scholarly editions of the score, Egarr brings out some wonderful orchestral detail...'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
„frisch gestrichen“
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The Herald Scotland
Interview with conductor Richard Egarr
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