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The New Opera

Opera Day

Feb 8

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The New Opera

A number of operas have been set in Scotland, or based around Scottish themes.


The works of Walter Scott proved popular with nineteenth-century composers, and Shakespeare's "Scottish play" has also been adapted several times.


Most musical works are based on Scott's novels rather than his poetry:


  • Bizet – La jolie fille de Perth

  • Boieldieu, François-Adrien – La dame blanche (based on several works by Scott)

  • Carafa, Michele – Le nozze di Lammermoor (1829) (The Bride of Lammermoor)

  • Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (The Bride of Lammermoor)

  • MacCunn, Hamish – Jeanie Deans (Heart of Midlothian)

  • Mazzucato, Alberto La fidanzata di Lammermoor, 1834 (The Bride of Lammermoor)

  • Ricci, Federico and Luigi Ricci – La prigione di Edimburgo, 1838 (Heart of Midlothian)

  • Rossini, Gioachino – La donna del lago, based on the poem (The Lady of the Lake)


Based on the novel Ivanhoe, both Giovanni Pacini and Sir Arthur Sullivan (Ivanhoe, 1891) created operas.

A small number of operas have been written in Scottish Gaelic, including:


  • Sweeney, William (Libretto: Aonghas MacNeacail) An Turus 

  • Jean-Paul Dessy and David Graham, (Libretto: Iain Finlay Macleod)

For more on Scottish Opera and Scottish influence on opera, click the famous Sydney Opera House, completed in 1973.  This dance is included in John Drewry's Australian Book (1994-1995).

The New Opera

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