Stuart MacRae’s ‘Anthropocene’ wins New Music Scotland award for Large Scale New Work

16 April 2020

Congratulations to Stuart MacRae, whose latest opera Anthropocene won the Scottish Award for New Music award for Large Scale New Work in April 2020.

Anthropocene was commissioned by Scottish Opera and received its premiere performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London in January 2019. A resounding success amongst audiences and critics alike, it was described as "enthralling" by the Daily Telegraph, "evocative" by The Times, "a wonder of skilful orchestration" by The Guardian, and "tense and riveting" and "a work that surely embodies the spirit of good 21st century opera" by Classical Music, and has also been nominated for a 2020 International Opera Award in the World Premiere category.

Stuart MacRae said: "I'm delighted and honoured to have received the Large Scale New Work award for Anthropocene at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music! Writing this opera and being involved in its creation was a joyous and fulfilling experience, as well as a great challenge, and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with the whole team at Scottish Opera over many years."

Previous works have been seen at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms. He was Composer-in-Association at the Lammermuir Festival from 2017-2019, writing a triptych of works on the Prometheus myth for the Gould Piano Trio; the Hebrides Ensemble and tenor Joshua Ellicott; and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer France and Paul Carey Jones. Further recent works also include a short new commission premiered at the 2019 BBC Proms – Courante – written for John Butt and the Dunedin Consort to complement their performance of Bach’s Suite No. 3.

The trailer for Anthropocene is available to watch here.

The winners of the Scottish Awards for New Music were announced at a special streamed video on Youtube on Tuesday 14 April, and you can watch the video here.

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