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Scottish Opera announced that international opera director David McVicar is to return to Scotland to direct a new production of La Traviata.    The company are asking for specific sponsorship from the public for this.    Wonderful news to have David McVicar back – but why does it have to be Traviata?

Scottish Opera demonstrated how innovative they can be when they try, with the recent successful Five:15 (sold out) performaces.

Traviata is ever popular, but it is simply done too often.     Why not have David McVicar in to direct a Menotti season for example, now that that composer – so long resident in Scotland – is no longer with us. That would be more a far more forward thinking and dynamic approach.

Perhaps it is bad form to grumble about this, as we should be grateful that we still have a national opera company at all.    It is just that I think we need to try to be a bit more artistically ambitious in Scotland.     

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