Rigoletto Scottish Opera

Glasgow Oct 18  21  24  27  Aberdeen Nov 1  3  Edinburgh Nov 9  11  15  Inverness Nov 22  24


“The real fire came from the pit. The conductor Rumon Gamba crafted an atmosphere of controlled fury as the inevitable tragedy unfolded, with razor-like tension in the music of the curse, countered by gorgeous soft strings in the duets. This tour de force orchestral sound was the best Verdi playing I’ve heard at this address in years.” The Times 23/10/2018

“The debut here of conductor Rumon Gamba was outstanding and his conducting from – the marvellously vibrant and colourful prelude through to the dramatic end – was a major highlight, as was the wonderful brass and woodwind playing of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.” Seen and Heard International 18/10/2018

“At least we had the pungency of Verdi’s score to
balance out the pros and cons of this mixed bag Rigoletto, which conductor Rumon Gamba and the Scottish Opera Orchestra shaped with insistency and bite.”
Scotsman 20/10/2018

“The quartet that follows his big number was very fine indeed, however, and the two dozen-strong male chorus are a glory of this production, while conductor Rumon Gamba and the orchestra are on top form in the pit.” Herald 19/10/2018

“The Scottish Opera Orchestra was incisive and colourful under the baton of Rumon Gamba” bachtrack.com 20/10/2018

And the Orchestra of the Scottish Opera, under the baton of conductor Rumon Gamba, rarely sounded better” Society Aberdeen 2/11/2018

Parry premieres cd out now


To commemorate the centenary of Parry’s death, Rumon Gamba and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales offer this rare album of major works never recorded before, at the centre of which stands the original version of Symphony No. 4.

These works highlight Parry’s skills as an orchestrator to supreme effect, the music full of attractive thematic invention, the scores wonderfully expansive, the canvas more intellectual, the many ideas more bold and passionate. The works prove to be a much severer challenge for the musicians but are here masterfully tackled thanks to both orchestra and conductor’s experience performing forgotten or unpublished British repertoire.

The Suite moderne was written for the Three Choirs Festival. Despite its popularity, the work remained unpublished at Parry’s death and is performed here in a new edition by Jeremy Dibble.

The album is completed by Parry’s one and only ballet score, Proserpine. A triptych in miniature, the colourful score is full of great delicacy.