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Wild and Majestic: An evening with Scottish Opera

25 Oct 2019

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Burns and Beethoven will collide on World Opera Day in a special performance by Scottish Opera to celebrate works by some of the world’s great operatic composers, inspired by Scotland’s Romantic past.




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Join us for an evening with Scottish Opera in the magnificent setting of the National Museum of Scotland’s Grand Gallery, to hear a select programme of musical highlights inspired by Scotland's rugged landscape and heroic past, performed by Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists, Charlie Drummond, Mark Nathan and Arthur Bruce, and Head of Music Derek Clark.

Charlie Drummond, Mark Nathan and Arthur Bruce, Scottish Opera Emerging Artist 2019 - 2020. Scottish Opera 2019. © James Glossop. 

Dramatic highlands, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes have defined a romantic image of Scotland and inspired some of the world’s great operatic composers. These performances will bring to life key aspects of our special exhibition, Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland. One of the highlight objects in the exhibition is the manuscript score of Robert Burns’ Highland Harry, set to music by the hand of Ludwig Van Beethoven. It will form part of the recital, along with Schumann’s Burns settings, Schubert’s Ossian settings and, performed on the anniversary of his birth, Bizet’s Nous voilà seul (La jolie fille de Perth). 

Full programme

  • Charlie Drummond, soprano, Scottish Opera Emerging Artist
  • Arthur Bruce, baritone, The Robertson Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist
  • Mark Nathan, baritone, Scottish Opera Emerging Artist
  • Derek Clark, piano, Head of Music, Scottish Opera

Three Ossian settings, Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

  1. Ossians Lied nach dem Falle Nathos’ (MN)
  2. Kolma’s Klage (CD)
  3. Das Mädchen von Inistore (AB)

Three Burns settings, Robert Schumann (1810-56)

  1. Jemand (My heart is sair) (CD)
  2. Niemand (I ha’e a wife o’ my ain’) (MN)
  3. Dem roten Röslein gleicht mein Lieb (My luve is like a red, red rose) (AB)

Highland Harry, Arr. L van Beethoven (1770-1827) (CD)


Piano Solo – Ballade in D minor, Op.10 no.1, Johannes Brahms (1843-97)


Duet: Nous voilà seul (La jolie fille de Perth), Georges Bizet (1838-75) (CD/AB)


Scena ed Aria: Perfidi!...Pietà, rispetto, amore (Macbeth), Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), (MN)


Aria: Oh! Would that I again could see (Jeanie Deans) (CD), Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916)


Aria: Sulla poppa del mio brich (La prigione d’Edimborgo) (AB), Federico Ricci (1809-1877)


Duet: Soffriva nel pianto…Se tradirmi tu potrai (Lucia di Lammermoor) (CD/MN) Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street


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  • The Lothian Street entrance and Auditorium are wheelchair accessible, and there is access to an accessible toilet.
  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. 
  • Lifts are available to all floors.
  • Accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • There is also an induction loop in the Auditorium.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

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Header image: John Knox, 'Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrine', oil on canvas, 1815 © National Galleries of Scotland.

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Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland

Dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today. This exhibition considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world.


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