City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland


Betrothal in a Monastery by Prokofiev

Based on Sheridan’s libretto for The Duenna, this wacky but very human comedy celebrates all that is young love.

The Pirates of Penzance, Usher Hall, Review

Lovers of live performances are wonderful!  They breast the wayward rain and brace the gales to appreciate their chosen art form and on Wednesday 29 December, the elements were fierce enough t

Scottish Opera: The Barber of Seville Review

Photo: Cast of Scottish Opera's The Barber of Seville

When the curtain lifted for the first time, we saw Simon Higlett’s very realistic set of the front of houses and places of business of a street in Seville around the time Rossini wrote his opera in 1816. This was good, and it got better as the story began to unfold on the street, before the action moved to the inside of Dr Bartolo’s house.

Hebrides Ensemble - Expanding Horizons Season 2011/12

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The Hebrides Ensemble has just announced the Expanding Horizons Season 2011-12 moving from  Edinburgh and Glasgow to Perth, Inverness and Argyll.

Gala Christmas Concert

Inaugural Gala Christmas Concert held by Epilepsy Scotland & The Institute of Directors is feast of Christmas music, opera, readings and traditional carols for all.

Scottish Opera: Rigoletto, EFT, Review

Scottish Opera's Rigoletto

Matthew Richardson’s new Rigoletto for Scotish Opera begins in the Duke’s Palace where there is a party in progress. The set is modest, rather boring, but the performers tell us what is going on.

Scottish Opera: Intermezzo Review

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Intermezzo tells the tale of a husband mistakenly unfaithful who is accused by a bossy wife who has double standards. The tale is that of Richard Strauss and his wife and is set in 1924 when it was first performed.

The Mikado, King's Theatre, Review

The Mikado contains perhaps the wittiest of Gilbert’s lyrics and this production was a spirited, lively and pacey rendition. The plot is a bizarre blend of the surreal with the real, where pompous officials act with an arbitrary logic, somewhat reminiscent of the Red Queen in Alice In Wonderland.

Handel’s Opera Orlando, EFT, Review

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It was good to enjoy an opera that is seldom performed. Indeed on the night I came across only one other person who had experienced Orlando before, and that was over twenty years ago. Handel was not a success with his many operas and kept himself afloat only because King George had granted him an annuity. Eventually he discovered success with cantatas.

Aria Alba Open Workshop

An exciting opportunity to sing operatic choruses and solos along with Aria Alba Opera for All company members!  Free workshop, all ages welcome; registration £2 per person; em