Today, Scottish Opera have announced their 60th Anniversary Season for 2022/23, featuring many Rayfield Allied artists in a variety of dynamic productions.
In May and June 2022, tenor Pablo Bemsch makes his debut with Scottish Opera singing Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni with performances in Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen. The Inverness and Edinburgh performances will be conducted by Stuart Stratford. The production opened at the weekend and has already received excellent reviews:
"Scottish Opera orchestra – under the baton of Stuart Stratford – has a tremendous grasp of the deft"
"The cast in which Pablo Bemsch plays the dubiously gallant Don Ottavio is universally excellent"
Read the full review here (The Telegraph)
"Pablo Bemsch’s Don Ottavio is honeyed and warm, making his an unusually satisfying portrayal of a rarely sympathetic character"
"Under Stuart Stratford, the company’s music director, the orchestra plays Mozart’s score with terrific bite"
Read the full review here (The Times)
"Stuart Stratford's conducting adds both drive and lightness"
"Pablo Bemsch does manage to give him some kind of backbone in the final scenes"
Read the full review here (The Stage)
In August 2022, Jack Furness directs Bernstein's Candide with an innovative promenade staging. Under Music Director Stuart Stratford, Dan Shelvey will sing the role of Maximillian at the Scottish Opera Production Studios in Glasgow.
In October and November 2022, in Golijov's Ainadamar (The Fountain of Tears), Dan Shelvey takes the role of the bullfighter Torero under Stuart Stratford in performances at Theatre Royal Glasgow and the Festival Theatre Edinburgh.
In March 2023, a new staging of Puccini's Il Trittico by Sir David McVicar will see Francesca Chiejina and Elgan Llŷr Thomas in the roles of Lauretta and Rinuccio respectively. All performances will be conducted by Stuart Stratford, at the Theatre Royal Glasgow and the Festival Theatre Edinburgh.
In May and June 2023, Justina Gringytė will sing the title role of Bizet's Carmen. Phillip Rhodes takes on the role of Escamillo, and Dan Shelvey will sing Moralès, under the baton of Dane Lam.
Scottish Opera's upcoming season will also feature operas in concert:
In September 2022, Justina Gringytė will sing the title role of Massenet's Thérèse. Dingle Yandell takes on the role of André Thorel, and Morel will be sung by Dan Shelvey. Performances will take place at the Lammermuir Festival in Haddington and at the Perth Concert Hall.
In November 2022 and February 2023, Stuart Stratford will conduct The Verdi Collection which includes music from Otello, La Traviata, and La Forza del Destino, performed in Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.
Find Scottish Opera's full 22/23 season programme here.