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Scottish Opera is set to return to live indoor performance following the success of its outdoor productions this Summer.

After 18 months with no indoor performances to a live audience the Company announces its Autumn 2021 activity with a new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers and the Scottish Opera premiere of Utopia, Limited, a return for Opera Highlights to nine venues throughout Scotland.

There will also be live performances of Così fan tutte – originally created for Scottish Opera: On Screen – at Lammermuir Festival and Perth Concert Hall. This is alongside a gala performance in Dundee and more from Scottish Opera Outreach & Education.

Scottish Opera, General Director, Alex Reedijk said: ‘We are delighted that after 18 months we are going to be able to open theatre doors and welcome audiences back inside.

"We are especially delighted to have the opportunity to travel to local venues again for indoor performances of Opera Highlights and Lammermuir Festival, alongside our performances in Perth and Dundee. It is at the heart of everything we aim for as a Company, travelling the highways and byways of Scotland to make opera accessible to all.’

Postponed since May 2020, Scottish Opera brings a new co-production with D’Oyly Carte Opera and State Opera South Australia of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers to Theatre Royal Glasgow, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh and Eden Court, Inverness this autumn, before touring to London’s Hackney Empire in March 2022.  

Conductor and Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, Derek Clark, said: ‘The Gondoliers is like a breath of Italian summer air. Gilbert’s witty book and lyrics show him at the top of his game and Sullivan, inspired by the Venetian setting, produced his sunniest score, with one lilting melody after another – all guaranteed to make you leave the theatre with a smile on your face. It’s pure joy from start to finish, exactly what is needed after a difficult year.’

Scottish Opera’s ever-popular Opera Highlights returns, touring Scotland with 11 performances over 9 venues. The tour kicks off on 14 September 2021 in Greenock before travelling across Scotland to Musselburgh, St Andrews, Ballachullish, Strathpeffer, Stornoway on September 25, Peebles, Ayr and Dunoon.

Performed by a cast including new Scottish Opera 2021/22 Emerging Artists, director Jeanne Pansard-Besson’s production offers an uplifting performance including a playlist of operatic favourites.

On 31 July 2021 Perth Plaza hosts Great Operatic Arias from Scottish Opera, starring Emerging Artists Margo Arsane, Shengzhi Ren and Arthur Bruce, led by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark on keyboard. In an hour-long performance, audiences will be treated to much-loved arias and ensembles from Bizet’s Carmen, Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and many others.

Following the success of the Scottish Opera: On Screen collection, the Company’s production of Così fan tutte will be transported from the screen to the stage at Lammermuir Festival on Thursday 9 September at St Mary’s, Haddington. Conducted by Music Director Stuart Stratford, directed by Roxana Haines (La bohème 2020) and performed by the original cast from the film – including Scottish Opera’s 2020/21 Emerging Artists – the production will then travel to Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 11 September.

Lammermuir tickets are on general sale 30 July , tickets for Opera Highlights on sale 17 August and tickets for all other activity on sale 1 September at

The Gondoliers and Utopia, Limited are supported Scottish Opera’s ‘Play a Supporting Role’ Appeal and Garfield Weston Foundation (Weston Culture Fund). Opera Highlights is supported by The Friends of Scottish Opera and JTH Charitable Trust. Così fan tutte is supported by Garfield Weston Foundation (Weston Culture Fund).  Mr MacNeep Has Lost His Sheep is supported by The W.A. Cargill Fund and Scottish Opera’s Education Angels.


Opera Highlights

14 September, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

16 September, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

18 September, The Byre, St Andrews

21 September, Ballachulish Village Hall

23 September, Strathpeffer Pavillion

25 September, An Lanntair, Stornoway

28 September, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

29 September, Gaiety Theatre, Ayr

2 October, Queens Hall, Dunoon