50th anniversary of Scottish Opera

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  • An ensemble from Scottish Opera perform in Annilese Miskimmon's production of La Traviata © Mark Hamilton
    Elin Pritchard as Violetta in Annilese Miskimmon's La Traviata production for Scottish Opera © Mark Hamilton
  • Scottish Opera's La Traviata
    Scottish Opera's La Traviata
  • Robyn Lyn Evans and Elin Pritchard in Annilese Miskimmon's production of La Traviata for Scottish Opera © Mark Hamilton
    Robyn Lyn Evans and Elin Pritchard in Annilese Miskimmon's production of La Traviata for Scottish Opera © Mark Hamilton

Experience world-class opera right on your doorstep this autumn, as Scottish Opera performs Verdi’s La Traviata in communities across the country.

Communities across Scotland will enjoy world-class music this autumn when the country’s opera company Scottish Opera goes on the road, with a new adaptation of Verdi’s La Traviata. It will be performed in 25 venues from Kirkwall to Newton Stewart between September and November.

The new tour, which kicks off in Giffnock, five miles south of Glasgow city centre, on 20 September, is part of Scottish Opera’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The 25 concerts, which see the popular opera transformed from 19th century to late 1950s Paris, will be directed by famed opera director Annilese Miskimmon. They are a scaled down opera performance, with eight singers accompanied by a piano, rather than the full orchestra. This enables the ensemble to perform in much smaller venues and not just the large concert halls of Scotland’s cities. Venues on the tour include school halls, community centres and theatres.

The tour takes in towns and villages from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders to Shetland, via Largs, Aboyne, St Andrews, Portree, Easterhouse and Thurso. The cast are crew will cover no fewer than 2,557 miles during the course of the tour.

The opera set takes four hours to build, set and light and two hours to dismantle and load into the touring truck. All five crew members, plus the truck driver are required in this process.

Eight further performances, where the singers will be joined by a chamber orchestra, take place across Scotland in March 2013.

Scottish Opera state that the extensive touring will result in a performance being just 30 minutes’ drive from 90% of Scotland’s population.

Discover the world of opera and experience Scotland’s national performing arts companies during the Year of Creative Scotland 2012.