Hitting the right note

Scottish Opera supremo Alex Reedijk has officially launched the company’s Five:15 programme, which features such Scottish talent as Grace Notes author Bernard MacLaverty and Rebus creator Ian Rankin (pictured) working alongside such musical talents as Craig Armstrong to create a series of specially commissioned 15-minute operas.

Citing SO’s commitment to new work, Reedijk said, ‘Five:15 is about questioning what opera could or should look like in the 21st century. I’m as interested in the process – how they get there – as I am in the outcome. What Scottish Opera is doing is tapping into the well of creativity here in Scotland to try and contribute to the canon of opera that can be performed in the 21st century.’ Tickets for the performances, which will be held next year, are now on sale.

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