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Venue: Theatre Royal, Glasgow

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AddressGlasgow
Scotland
G2 3QA
United Kingdom
Google maps55° 51' 57.931" N 4° 15' 24.426" W
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Locked down by loyalties? Janáček’s Diary at Scottish Opera

Ed Lyon in The Diary of One Who Disappeared © Lammermuir Festival | Scottish Opera
A compelling treatment of a richly ambiguous work, one that invited us into the drama.
*****
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Stylish, powerful Nixon in China from Scottish Opera

Julia Sporsén (Pat Nixon) © James Glossop

Scottish Opera’s Nixon in China in a stylish, living history production from John Fulljames, with strong performances across the board, Joana Carneiro stoking the fires in the pit.

****1
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Natalya Romaniw an exciting Tosca in Scottish Opera’s powerful revival

Natalya Romaniw (Tosca) and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Cavaradossi) © James Glossop

Anthony Besch’s trusty Tosca returns to Scottish Opera with Natalya Romaniw packing a punch in the title role. 

*****
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Scottish Opera’s steampunk Magic Flute returns

Julia Sitkovetsky (The Queen of the Night) © James Glossop

Sir Thomas Allen’s crowd-pleasing Magic Flute returns to Scottish Opera in a finely sung performance with Tobias Ringborg drawing period colours from the orchestra.

****1
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A finely sung Katya Kabanova in rust-bucket Russia

Laura Wilde (Katya) © James Glossop

Stephen Lawless' new production for Scottish Opera and Theater Magdeburg sets the action in the industrial wastelands of Russia. 

****1
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Rambert's Life is a Dream disappoints in Glasgow

Brenda Lee Grech, Hannah Rudd and dancers of Rambert in Life is a Dream © Johan Persson

The striking set, brooding music, captivating costumes and troupe of highly-talented dancers promise a great evening, but Rambert’s mysterious dreamscape leaves audiences more confused than intrigued.

**111
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Anthropocene: a timely chiller from Scottish Opera

Jennifer France (Ice) © James Glossop

Climate change, challenged egos and a strange Ice woman tell a gruesome tale in Anthropocene, a finely sung new opera from Stuart MacRae, with libretto from Louise Welsh, set in the Arctic with a cinematic score.

***11
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A dark, unflinching Rigoletto from Scottish Opera

Lina Johnson (Gilda) © Julie Howden
More relevant than ever, the patriarchal nightmare of Verdi's Rigoletto is dark and unflinching in Scottish Opera's revival of their 2011 production, with some striking scenes and fine singing.
****1
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