Scottish Opera: Live at No. 40

The enigmatic title Scottish Opera has given to a month-long summer festival in the car-park of its rehearsal facility, Live at No. 40, masks an adventurous programme of music and theatre in the centre of Glasgow.

40 Edington Street is the address of its canal-side production studios on the north side of the M8 and the car park was the venue for last summer’s inventive production of La boheme for a socially-distanced audience.

Its successor this year is Verdi’s Falstaff, directed by Sir David McVicar and opening on July 3 for six performances.

The company has now revealed that the outdoor venue will be open until August 1, culminating in two performances by Scottish Opera Young Company of Kurt Weill’s The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken. The stage there will also host Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre and a new production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, directed by Dominic Hill and running from July 11 to July 24 for a total of 11 shows, including two matinees.

Completing the line-up are three concerts by the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, under the baton of Stuart Stratford, playing Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and brass and wind music by Crespo, Dvorak and Stravinsky, and four “picnic” concerts of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by the Scottish Ensemble, partnered with charity Social Bite, on July 18 and 19.

Full details and booking information available on the Scottish Opera website.