Scottish Opera’s Opera in Concert 2018/19 series continues next year.
On 1 February at 6pm at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, there will be a performance by the Young Artists from the National Opera Studio.
This collaboration with National Opera Studio provides the Young Artists a week-long residency in Glasgow, culminating in a special performance on the set of Anthropocene at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh.
The Young Artists will also work on their repertoire with the English National Opera Orchestra for the first time, prior to their Scottish Opera recital, for a special performance at London’s Cadogan Hall this January.
Directed by Orpha Phelan, with Charles Peebles conducting The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the varied programme for February’s performance by 12 opera stars of the future includes favourites from Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen by Bizet and Handel’s Rodelina.
This year’s show follows the success of last year’s Scottish Opera and National Opera Studio collaboration, From Russia with Love. It featured two of Scottish Opera 2018/19 Emerging Artists: mezzo-soprano Bethan Langford in performance and repetiteur Erika Gundesen, who was involved in 2018’s week-long residency.
Alex Reedijk, general director of Scottish Opera said: ‘We are excited to be working with some of the country’s most talented developing artists from the National Opera Studio and to build on the success of last year’s From Russia With Love programme.
‘It is the first year that the ENO Orchestra has also worked with the singers, in a performance at London’s Cadogan Hall, and we are delighted to be a part of this collaboration.
‘Two of our current emerging artists, Bethan Langford and Erika Gundesen, came from National Opera Studio and we are proud to continue to foster these young artists’ talent and careers.’
Emily Gottlieb, chief executive of the National Opera Studio said: ‘We are delighted to return to Scottish Opera this year, as we celebrate 40 years of working in partnership to deliver our internationally renowned training programme to exceptional young singers and repetiteurs.
‘To have the opportunity to work with international artists such as conductor Charles Peebles, director Orpha Phelan and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and present our Young Artists on the stage of King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, is absolutely invaluable.’
Opera in Concert 2018/19 closes in April with two performances of Mascagni’s hard-hitting work, Silvano, at City Halls Glasgow on 14 April and Usher Hall Edinburgh on 16 April.
Conducted by Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford, the passionate seafaring tale tells of a doomed love triangle that ends in disaster, death and despair and includes the Barcarolle famously used in Martin Scorsese’s film, Raging Bull.
The National Opera Studio performance is supported by Scottish Opera Endowment Trust.