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Scottish Opera general director Alex Reedijk and music director Stuart Stratford

Claire Jackson

Scottish Opera unveils 2018-19 season

6:00, 11th April 2018

Scottish Opera (SO)’s 2018-19 season includes a world premiere, two new productions (one a co-production with Germany’s Theater Magdeburg) and two Scottish premieres (in the Opera in Concert series).

A new work by composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh tells the story of a team of scientists trapped in the frozen Arctic wastelands. Directed by Matthew Richardson and designed by Samal Blak, Anthropocene’s ensemble cast includes former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jennifer France, Jeni Bern and Stephen Gadd. SO music director Stuart Stratford conducts performances at Theatre Royal Glasgow and King’s Theatre, Edinburgh before the production transfers to Hackney Empire in London for two performances presented in association with The Royal Opera.

SO‘s upcoming season also features a new staging of Janáček’s Kátya Kabanová directed by Stephen Lawless and a new production of Orfeo & Euridice by Scottish Opera Young Company.

‘Old and new, rare and classic: the 2018-19 season exemplifies what Scottish Opera is all about,’ said Stratford (pictured, with general director Alex Reedijk) in a statement. ‘Established favourites The Magic Flute and Rigoletto have, as a counterpoint, the brand new Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh commission, Anthropocene. Kátya Kabanová promises to bring the desolation, hopes and shattered dreams of what is arguably Janáček’s finest opera to the stage in a new production.’

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