Consider Scotland's classical music scene in 1961. No Scottish Chamber Orchestra, no opera outside the Edinburgh International Festival - even the Scottish National Orchestra wasn't royal. Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow hadn't been built because the St Andrew's Hall was still to burn down taking the SNO's library and instruments with it! One man completely transformed this world. In 1962 Alexander Gibson created Scottish Opera, attracting some of the world's finest singers including Janet Baker who sang in a celebrated 1967 production of Così fan Tutte which opened in Perth Theatre. By 1970 Scottish Opera was performing Wagner's Ring Cycle. In 1974 Scottish Opera bought and converted the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. Before Alexander Gibson no-one dared dream that Scotland might have its own opera company - musical life in Scotland without Scottish Opera is now unthinkable. Thanks Alex!
To listen to a wonderful Alex Gibson programme with Janet Baker click the Spotify link here
To read about Così fan Tutte in 1967 in Perth click here