Scottish Opera has been in steep decline for two decades and there is not much sign of an upturn.
An article in The Scotsman exposing its latest savage economies has drawn a sharp riposte from Alex Reedijk, the general director. Reedijk maintains that the company is used to touring remote parts of the country with solo piano accompaniment. That has been its practice for forty years.
True, but disingenuous. Reedijk is playing havoc with the facts. Greenock, Dundee, Stirling and Dumferline, where this partcular production is playing, are hardly Highland villages with an upright piano. They deserve better than a trio for accompaniment. Here is the full extent of the tour.
For the national company of a country of five million people that is holding an independence referendum next year, this is pathetic penny-pinching. Scottish Opera’s Rodelinda (below) dare not open her eyes for fear of finding herself singing unaccompanied.