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La Traviata

La Traviata is the quintessential opera. It has scandalous liaisons, star-crossed lovers and a heroine slowly wasting away of consumption only to die in her lover’s arms, all set against the lavish backdrop of 1850’s Paris. It’s a beautiful piece of theatre about loss and death, and the Scottish Opera has done it justice brilliantly. […]

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Film

A Night at the Opera: Screening the Staging of Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel

Mise en Abyme is a French term which translated means ‘placed into the Abyss’. The term describes the experience of being caught between two mirrors and seeing an infinite reproduction of one’s own image. This recursive effect was captured during the Cameo Cinema’s live screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Exterminating Angel, adapted […]

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Theatre

La Traviata Unwrapped – A preview of things to come

La Traviata Unwrapped opens the curtains a moment too soon, giving the audience a rare glimpse into the action behind the glittering world of the opera, as stage hands place chairs, light candles, and help the singers into place, while the orchestra plays the prelude. The unwrapped evening gives a look at the logistics of […]

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An Interview with: Edinburgh Student Opera

Yes, Edinburgh Studio Opera (ESO) are sometimes mistaken for the musical-performing company Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group (EUSOG), explains ESO’s president Flynn Le Brocq; but the ‘O’ in ESO stands for opera in the traditional sense. For almost five decades, ESO have been aiming at bringing this high art of singing to the university community. […]

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Fringe Theatre

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

A barber driven on bloody revenge, a woman’s dangerous obsession and the putrid figure of authority who is responsible. Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd is practically a perfect operatic tale, full of sweeping musical numbers and a grand sense of scale. Captivate Theatre have brought their adaption of the musical to the Fringe and do this […]

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Fringe Theatre

The Dolls of New Albion

The idea of The Dolls of New Albion is intriguing long before the lights dim and the play begins. Whispers of ‘steampunk’ among the waiting audience as if it were some mysterious voodoo force. As it happens, this is not far from the truth in Paul Shapera’s mini-opera, the events in which are all triggered […]

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Theatre

La Bohème

The Scottish Opera’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème is a stunning interpretation of classic operatic repertoire. Director Renaud Doucet and designer André Barbe’s decision to bring Rodolfo and Mimì’s traditional 19th-century romance into the jazz age fits seamlessly within the bustling sets and free-spirited characters of Puccini’s original work. Jeanine De Bique’s exuberant Musetta can […]

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Theatre

The 8th Door and Bluebeard’s Castle

There is something admirable about Scottish Opera’s decision to co-produce and stage (with Glasgow’s Vanishing Point) a new work (The 8th Door) alongside Bartok’s more firmly-established opera (Bluebeard’s Castle). The idea feels ambitious, and lends an air of uniqueness to their two-in-one production. The 8th Door consists of an empty stage, save for two actors […]