The trials and tribulations of Scottish Opera are never-ending.
Founded by Alexander Gibson in 1962, the company has never been properly funded and has long tried to offload the orchestra (founded 1980), its heaviest overhead. After 20 years of cuts, the orchestra is down to 50 players, working 28 weeks a year.
But the musicians are unhappy. They like to play. They want devolution, possibly independence.
So they have formed a cooperative, McOpera, and are open for business – with big ambitions. Read all about it in the Herald.