News in Brief
Scottish opera, in collaboration with the RSAMD, is piloting a new programme to help graduate singers launch their careers. The Emerging Artists programme will offer graduates a wide range of opportunities over the year to help them at the start of their careers.
The King’s and Theatre Royal have launched their season highlights from September, including the 25th anniversary production of the comedy Stepping Out, starring Jesse Wallace and Brian Capron and The Stripper, a new musical written by and starring Richard O’Brien.
All things spainish are heading to Edinburgh this summer from Friday 17 Jul–Sun 19 Jul. Setting its stall on the Mound. A Taste of Spain promises to explore Spanish lifestyle, culture and food. See www.tastespain.info for full details.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival has reported a 40% increase in ticket sales in the first 24 hours, against the same period in 2008. The fastest selling events include the launch of Margaret Atwood’s new book, The Year of the Flood, as well events featuring Henning Menkell, Antony Beevor, Gerald Scarfe and David Simon.
Historic Scotland is to digitally document Scotland’s five World Heritage Sites – The Antonine Wall, St Kilda, New Lanark, Heart of Neolithic Orkney, and the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh. The first international site will be Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, which will be scanned in 3D to provide a visual documentation of this internationally important monument.
The BBC introducing stage makes it debut at this year’s T in the Park, showcasing 22 up and coming artists and bands from around the UK, including eight from Scotland, as part of a project to support unsigned and undiscovered music. See T in the Park previews and features, as well as a running order in this issue of The List.