What do you picture when you think of Glasgow? You’ll likely think about the wonderful museums, fantastic pubs & restaurants and friendly locals. Chances are Scottish Opera isn’t at the top of that list, but it should be. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy some of Scotland’s brilliantly talented locals and productions from around the country and often the world. We’re lucky to have Scottish Opera practically on our doorstep and have many guests making the most of an overnight stay in Glasgow by taking in a show. Contact us directly or visit our website to guarantee you’re enjoying our best available rates and special offers.
About Scottish Opera
Scottish Opera is Scotland’s national opera company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland. This year marks its 60th anniversary of making opera more accessible and enjoyable for all. Scottish Opera was founded by conductor Alexander Gibson in 1962. In 1975 it purchased the Theatre Royal in Glasgow from Scottish Television and reopened it as the first national opera house for Scotland with a production of Die Fledermaus. The organisation is multi award winning, enjoying accolades such as the South Bank Sky Arts Award, a Scottish Award for New Music, Sunday Herald Culture Awards, a Herald Angel, and a 2020 RPS Award. Scottish Opera collaborates with the world’s finest singers and creatives, together with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and choruses for each opera.
What’s on in Glasgow 2023?
It’s a very special anniversary this year and the organisers have a diverse, dynamic season of performances in store with some familiar faces, new works, and company premiers. Opera Highlights returns between 14th of February and the 25th of March and brings a journey of discovery with an original piano-accompanied production. It is a meticulously curated musical journey which combines repertoire favourites with lesser-known pieces. With music from The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro and The Pearl Fishers and many more, it’s a treasure trove of opera you won’t find anywhere else.
Puccini’s Il Trittico, Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi take residence from 11-25th March, a new arrival for the theatre, directed by world-renowned director Sir David McVicar. A trio of one-act operas of love and loss, Il trittico moves seamlessly from high drama and heart-breaking tragedy to dark comedy. Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts a world-class ensemble cast with many familiar faces on the opera scene in Scotland. The opera runs for an almost record-breaking four hours with two longer-than-usual intervals.
It wouldn’t be an anniversary season without a production of the formidable, and well-known Carmen. This classic opera of jealousy, lust, and life outside the dictates of society has been given a bold update especially to mark its 60th year and is directed by Dane Lam. This show is one showstopper after another with familiar hit melodies such as the Habanera, Flower Aria, and Toreador Song. Tickets start at just £21 with concession tickets for just £10, making it accessible to all. We’re lucky to have Carmen call Glasgow her home on 12, 14th (Matinee) 16, 18 & 20 May 2023.
Accommodation in Glasgow
If you’re travelling to be immersed in the beauty of Opera, make a night (or a weekend!) of it by booking the ideal accommodation in Glasgow. Our serviced apartments on Bath Street in Glasgow is a two-minute walk to Scottish Opera, a short step for even the shortest legs. Introduce family, friends and loved ones to opera and enjoy a weekend of sightseeing in Scotland’s beautiful second city. We’re a short walk from most major attractions including museums, galleries, monuments and formidable buildings. We’re surrounded by places to eat, drink and enjoy, no matter what your taste or budget. Our best available rates are exclusively available when you book directly on our website or with one of our team. We look forward to welcoming you to PREMIER SUITES serviced apartments in Glasgow and hope the opera is as magical for you as it is for us.