Scottish Opera Announces Limited Plans for 2005-06

Classic Arts News   Scottish Opera Announces Limited Plans for 2005-06
Scottish Opera's 2005-06 season will include a scaled-down tour of Scotland, but no performances in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Scotsman reports.

The struggling company agreed last year essentially to shut down for the season as part of a bailout deal with the Scottish Executive. It is also laying off its entire chorus, a process that will be complete in August after a production of John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer at the Edinburgh Festival.

The company will tour Verdi's Macbeth, with a cast of seven and piano accompaniment, to Dundee, Musselburgh, Stanraer, and Kilmarnock, among other towns. Meanwhile, a concert program with orchestra and soloists will tour other towns.

Full-scale productions will resume in May 2006 with a production of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

The company is currently under the leadership of Richard Jarman, a former general director who returned on an interim basis after CEO Christopher Barron stepped down.

"The first thing we have to do is restore confience on the company, that it can deliver on budgets and within its costs," he said.

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