New children’s opera from Gareth Williams in Scotland

mr_macneep_opera1415A new short opera for children by Gareth Williams will receive its first performance at the end of this month with Scottish Opera.
Gareth Williams is an Irish composer living in Glasgow, having achieved his doctorate from St. Andrews’ University. He has become well known for his work in opera, in particular short operas, and has had works performed in many festivals in the UK, as well as in Russia at the War and Peace Conference. He is the first composer-in-residence at Scottish Opera.

Mister MacNeep has lost his Sheep is a 45-minute Christmas-themed work aimed at 3-5 year olds, with live music, puppets and singing. From the composer’s website: “As a rule, I try to make operas that require no previous knowledge, and are approachable to new audiences. However, this one requires you to be able to count to 12 and make all the animal sounds of the farmyard.”

Mister MacNeep is written to words by Ross Stenhouse, and will be directed by Lisa Gregan.


  • 28 – 30 Nov, Scottish Opera Production Studios, Glasgow
  • 3 – 7 Dec, Scottish Opera Production Studios, Glasgow
  • 13 Dec, Lanark Memorial Hall, St. Leonard Street, Lanark
  • 20 Dec, Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Eastgate, Peebles
  • 21 Dec, The Newlands Centre, Ramonno Bridge, Peebleshire
  • More

Watch an extract from Williams’ last project with Scottish Opera, Elephant Angel.

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