Stuart MacRae's Anthropocene given premiere by Scottish Opera

18 January 2019

Stuart MacRae's gripping new opera Anthropocene is given it's world premiere by Scottish Opera in Glasgow in January 2019, with further performances in Edinburgh and London in February.

MacRae continues his award winning collaboration with author Louise Welsh, this time to tell the story of an expeditionary team of scientists trapped in the frozen Arctic wastelands. When a stranger arrives and unsettles the dynamics the stage is set for a thriller full of mystery and intrigue.

MacRae writes:

“The triumph of human self-interest over nature and over other humans: this is the essence of the Anthropocene age. It is also the cause of man-made climate change, countless environmental catastrophes and the exploitation of marginalised peoples by wealthy nations and individuals. When faced with extreme isolation, a loss of control over their destiny, and personal catastrophe, the appearance of a mysterious outsider poses an impossible dilemma for the crew of the Anthropocene, and becomes the focus of temptation, sympathy, ambition, empathy and fascination.”

In-depth interviews with MacRae about Anthropocene have recently appeared in The Scotsman and The Herald.

Previous works have been seen at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms, as well as being given by numerous orchestras and ensembles throughout Europe. 2019 also marks his third year as Composer-in-Association at the Lammermuir Festival which culminates in the premiere of a new orchestral work this September.

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