Breathe Freely is a chamber opera in two short acts by the Scottish composer Julian Wagstaff. A CD recording is now available online and through records stores on the Linn Records label. Please visit http://www.BreatheFreelyOpera.co.uk or http://www.linnrecords.com. You can also search 'Breathe Freely opera'.
The opera was commissioned by the University of Edinburgh School of Chemistry to celebrate its Tercentenary in 2013. The opera is set during the Second World War, and tells the story of Stanislaw Hempel, a Polish chemist and revolutionary who came to Edinburgh in 2013.
This four-minute compilation of highlights from the opera was recorded live in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on 24 October 2013. The production was conducted by Derek Clark and supported by Scottish Opera.
Full details of the production, including the programme from the first performance in electronic form, can be found on the opera website at http://www.BreatheFreelyOpera.co.uk.
The words and music may be purchased from Sheet Music Plus here:
or from Amazon here:
Video excerpts from an archive recording of the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe production of my chamber opera The Turing Test, performed by Edinburgh Studio Opera (formerly the Edinburgh University Opera Club).
The opera tells the story of Stephanie, a brilliant young doctoral student, trapped between two older (male) scientists who are battling to be the first to develop a truly intelligent computer - a machine that can pass the famous Turing test.
Plans are currently in development for a professional UK tour of the opera in December 2013. Please visit the website for more info: http://www.turingtestopera.com
This is a video slideshow of images to accompany my string orchestra piece 'Treptow'. I hope you like it.
The photos were taken by Nigel Luhman, a Berlin friend of mine, during a visit we made to the Soviet war memorial in Treptower Park, Berlin in January 2005. The piece was directly inspired by the visit and Nigel's photographs.
The piece was first performed in April 2005 by the string orchestra of Edinburgh University, conducted by James Lowe. The recording heard here is a performance by the Rose Street Ensemble, conducted by Richard Lewis. The piece is published by Europa Edition, Edinburgh.
Three-minute compilation of musical excerpts and still photographs (by Scott Louden) from the 2010 concert production of the musical John Paul Jones by Scottish composer Julian Wagstaff. (Book by Julian Wagstaff and Joel Jenkins). John Paul Jones tells the story of the son of a Scottish gardener who became a hero of the American Revolution as the 'Father of the American Navy'.
The concert production featured here was performed by musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, singers from Consort of Voices, and guest soloists in the lead roles. It was conducted by Simon Hanson and directed by Christopher Neil.
Capt. John Paul Jones - Paul Allison
Countess Nicolson ("Delia") - Helen Wilding http://www.helenwilding.com
Robert Burns - Douglas Nairne
Janet Taylor - Natalie Toyne http://www.natalietoyne.com
Benjamin Franklin - John Canmore http://www.johncanmore.com
Lt. Richard Dale - Ali Floyd
Jack McClue - David Maule
Conductor/Musical Director: Simon Hanson
Director: Christopher Neil
Chorus: Consort of Voices
Chorus Master: Stuart Hope
For Poor Richard Productions:
Producer: Julian Wagstaff http://www.julianwagstaff.com
Assistant Producer: David Pammenter
For Theatrical Solutions:
Executive Producer: David Williams.
Sound recording by A&R Martin and Conrad Productions: http://www.conradproductions.co.uk
Photographs by Scott Louden: http://www.scottlouden.com