Category:Scottish opera librettists
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The following 10 pages are in this category, out of 10 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 10 pages are in this category, out of 10 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. J. M. Barrie – Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. He was born and educated in Scotland but moved to London, although he continued to write successfully, Peter Pan overshadowed his other work, and is credited with popularising the name Wendy. Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents, Barrie was made a baronet by George V on 14 June 1913, and a member of the Order of Merit in the 1922 New Year Honours. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, James Matthew Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Angus to a conservative Calvinist family. His father David Barrie was a successful weaver. His mother Margaret Ogilvy had assumed her mothers household responsibilities at the age of eight. Barrie was the child of ten, all of whom were schooled in at least the three Rs in preparation for possible professional careers. His siblings were, Alexander, Mary Ann, Jane, Elizabeth, Agnes, David Ogilvy, Sarah, Isabella and he was a small child and drew attention to himself with storytelling. He only grew to 5 ft 3 1⁄2 in, when he was 6 years old, Barries next-older brother David died two days before his 14th birthday in an ice-skating accident. This left his mother devastated, and Barrie tried to fill Davids place in his mothers attentions, even wearing Davids clothes, one time, Barrie entered her room and heard her say, Is that you. I thought it was the boy she was speaking to, wrote Barrie in his biographical account of his mother Margaret Ogilvy and I said in a little lonely voice, No, its no him. Barries mother found comfort in the fact that her son would remain a boy forever, never to grow up. Eventually, Barrie and his mother entertained each other stories of her brief childhood and books such as Robinson Crusoe, works by fellow Scotsman Walter Scott. At the age of 8, Barrie was sent to the Glasgow Academy in the care of his eldest siblings Alexander and Mary Ann, when he was 10, he returned home and continued his education at the Forfar Academy. At 14, he left home for Dumfries Academy, again under the watch of Alexander and he became a voracious reader, and was fond of Penny Dreadfuls and the works of Robert Michael Ballantyne and James Fenimore Cooper. At Dumfries, he and his friends spent time in the garden of Moat Brae house and they formed a drama club, producing his first play Bandelero the Bandit, which provoked a minor controversy following a scathing moral denunciation from a clergyman on the schools governing board. Barrie knew that he wished to follow a career as an author, however, his family attempted to persuade him to choose a profession such as the ministry. With advice from Alexander, he was able to out a compromise, he would attend a university
2. Allan Ramsay (poet) – Allan Ramsay was a Scottish poet, playwright, publisher, librarian, and impresario of early Enlightenment Edinburgh. Allan Ramsay was born at Leadhills, Lanarkshire to John Ramsay, superintendent of Lord Hopetouns lead-mines and his wife, Alice Bower, Allan Ramsay and his elder brother Robert probably attended the parish school at Crawfordjohn. In 1701 Allan was apprenticed to a wig-maker in Edinburgh and he married Christian Ross in 1712, a few years after he had established himself as a wig-maker in the High Street, and soon found himself in comfortable circumstances. His eldest child was Allan Ramsay, the portrait painter, Ramsays first efforts in verse-making were inspired by the meetings of the Easy Club, of which he was an original member, and in 1715 he became the Club Laureate. The choice of the two names has some significance, when we consider his later life as the associate of the Queen Anne poets. In 1716 he had published a transcript of Christs Kirk on the Green from the Bannatyne Manuscript. In 1718 he republished the piece with more supplementary verses, in the following year he printed a collection of Scots Songs. The success of these ventures prompted him to collect his poems in 1720, the volume was issued by subscription, and brought in the sum of four hundred guineas. Four years later he removed to another shop, in the neighbouring Luckenbooths, Ramsay is considered to have created the first circulating library in Britain when he rented books from his shop in 1726. The Tea-Table Miscellany is A Collection of Choice Songs Scots and English, containing some of Ramsays own, some by his friends, several ballads and songs. In The Ever Green, being a Collection of Scots Poems wrote by the Ingenious before 1600, Ramsay had another purpose, nearly all the pieces were taken from the Bannatyne manuscript, though they are by no means verbatim copies. They included his version of Christs Kirk and a pastiche by the editor entitled The Vision. While engaged on two series, he produced, in 1725, his dramatic pastoral The Gentle Shepherd. In the volume of poems published in 1721 Ramsay had shown his bent to this genre, especially in Patie and Roger, the success of the drama was remarkable. It passed through several editions, and was performed at the theatre in Edinburgh, its title is known in every corner of Scotland. In 1726 he published anonymously Poems in English and Latin, on the Archers and Royal Company of Archers and he wrote the words to the Archers March, Another volume of his poems appeared in 1728. Ramsay wrote little afterwards, though he published a few shorter poems, a complete edition of his Poems appeared in London in 1731 and in Dublin in 1733. With a touch of vanity he expressed the fear lest the coolness of fancy that attends advanced years should make me risk the reputation I had acquired and he was already on terms of intimacy with the leading men of letters in Scotland and England
3. James Bridie – James Bridie was the pseudonym of the Scottish playwright, screenwriter and surgeon whose real name was Osborne Henry Mavor. He took his pen-name from his grandfathers first name and his grandmothers maiden name. Mavor studied medicine at the University of Glasgow graduating in 1913, then served as a doctor during World War I, seeing service in France. His comedic plays saw success in London, and he became a writer in 1938. Despite this, he returned to the army during World War II and he was the main founder of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, with his cousin, the author Guy McCrone and was also instrumental in the establishment of the Edinburgh Festival. Bridie worked with the director Alfred Hitchcock in the late 1940s and they worked together on, The Paradine Case. Bridie originally wrote the screenplay, and Ben Hecht contributed some additional dialogue, but due to casting, the characters had to be changed. So David O. Selznick had to write another script, under Capricorn Stage Fright In 1923, he married Rona Locke Bremner. Their son was killed in World War II and his other son Ronald was also both a physician and playwright. Ronald became drama critic of The Scotsman after retiring from medicine, Director of the Scottish Arts Council and he was Professor of Drama and Head of the Drama Department at the University of Saskatchewan and was appointed C. B. E. in 1971. James Bridie died in Edinburgh of a stroke and is buried in Glasgow Western Necropolis, the Bridie Library at the Glasgow University Union is named after him, as is the annual Bridie Dinner that takes place in the Union each December. James Bridie at the Internet Movie Database Play performances listed in Theatre Archive university of Bristol James Bridie at the Internet Broadway Database
4. Armando Iannucci – Armando Giovanni Iannucci, OBE is a Scottish satirist, writer, television director, and radio producer. Born in Glasgow, Iannucci studied at Oxford University and left work on a PhD about John Milton to pursue a career in comedy. Starting on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 4, his work with Chris Morris on the radio series On the Hour was transferred to television as The Day Today. A character from series, Alan Partridge, went on to feature in a number of Iannuccis television and radio programmes including Knowing Me, Knowing You. In the meantime, Iannucci also fronted the satirical Armistice review shows and in 2001 created his most personal work, The Armando Iannucci Shows, for Channel 4. Moving back to the BBC in 2005, Iannucci created the political sitcom The Thick of It as well as the spoof documentary Time Trumpet in 2006. Winning funding from the UK Film Council, he directed an acclaimed feature film, In the Loop. As a result of works, he has been described by The Daily Telegraph as the hardman of political satire. Iannucci created the HBO political satire Veep, and was its showrunner for four seasons from 2012 to 2015, other works during this period include an operetta libretto, Skin Deep, and his radio series Charm Offensive. In March 2012, it was announced that he is working on his first novel, Tongue International and his father, also called Armando, is from Naples, while his mother was born in Glasgow to an Italian family. His father, who came to Scotland in 1950, ran a pizza factory, Iannucci has two brothers and a sister. He was educated at St Peters Primary School, St. Aloysius College, Glasgow, the University of Glasgow, and University College, Oxford, in his teens, he thought seriously about becoming a Roman Catholic priest. He abandoned graduate work on 17th-century religious language, with reference to Miltons Paradise Lost. Iannucci first received fame as the producer for On the Hour on Radio 4. Baynham was closely involved with both Morriss and Lee & Herrings work – simultaneously at one point, between 1995 and 1999, Iannucci produced and hosted The Saturday Night Armistice. In 2000, he created two pilot episodes for Channel 4, which became The Armando Iannucci Shows and this was an eight-part series for Channel 4 broadcast in 2001, written with Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil. The series consisted of Iannucci pondering pseudo-philosophical and jocular ideas and fantasies in between surreal sketches, Iannucci has been quoted as saying it is the comedy series he is most proud of making. He told The Metro in April 2007 The Armando Iannucci Show on Channel 4 came out around 9/11, people had other things on their minds
5. Aonghas MacNeacail – Aonghas MacNeacail, nickname Aonghas dubh or Black Angus) is a contemporary writer in the Scottish Gaelic language. MacNeacail was born on Uig, on the Isle of Skye on 7 June 1942 and he was raised in Idrigil, speaking Gaelic as a child. He was registered at birth as Angus Nicolson, but has changed his name to the Gaelic version. Besides drawing on Gaelic traditions, MacNeacail is influenced by the Black Mountain School of the USA and he has held writing fellowships in Scotland, including residences at the Gaelic college of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and reads his work at festivals around the world. He has collaborated with musicians and visual artists, and written drama and his poetry has been widely published throughout the English speaking world in journals such as Ploughshares, Poetry Australia, World Poetry Almanac, and JuxtaProse Literary Magazine. He has also received recognition and critical acclaim for his screenwriting and songwriting. MacNeacail won the Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year with his collection, Oideachadh Ceart. His most recent collection Laoidh an Donais òig was published by Polygon in 2007 and his partner is the actor and writer Gerda Stevenson
6. Julian Wagstaff – Julian Wagstaff is a Scottish composer of classical music, musical theatre and opera. Born in Edinburgh, Wagstaff originally studied German language and politics, Wagstaff worked as a translator and interpreter in the German language before turning to music as a profession in the late 1990s. His interest in language and political history continues to be reflected in much of his music and he came to public attention with the musical John Paul Jones, based on the life of the Scots-born sailor and hero of the American Revolution. Premiered in Edinburgh in 2001, this was the first of the works to reach a significant audience. In it, Wagstaffs eclectic compositional style began to emerge, John Paul Jones was revived as a concert version in 2010 in association with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The composer began to study composition at the University of Edinburgh with Professor Nigel Osborne in 2001, earning a masters degree in music in 2002. Wagstaffs specific interest in German history, particularly the history of the former German Democratic Republic, is reflected in Treptow for string orchestra and this piece, which won the 2005 Emre Araci Prize, was inspired by the Soviet War Memorial in Treptow Park in east Berlin. In August 2007, Wagstaff presented his hour-long chamber opera The Turing Test on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the opera takes its name from the test proposed by the English mathematician Alan Turing for human level intelligence in a machine. A recording of his Piano Quintet was released in the year on an album by the Edinburgh Quartet recorded by Calum Malcolm entitled Frontiers. In 2011, Wagstaff was commissioned by the Royal Society of Chemistry to compose a new work to celebrate International Year of Chemistry 2011, the trio for clarinet, cello and piano is entitled A Persistent Illusion and was premiered by Hebrides Ensemble on 12 December 2011. In 2013, the composer was commissioned by the University of Edinburgh to write, the resulting work, entitled Breathe Freely, is set during the Second World War and premiered in the Assembly Rooms on 24 October 2013 in a production supported by Scottish Opera. A CD recording of the opera was released on the Linn Records label in October 2015, Wagstaff lives and works in his native city. His works are performed throughout Scotland and beyond. Wagstaff writes and performs music under the name Jules Reed. His cousin is the writer Rich Johnston, official Julian Wagstaff website Website of the opera The Turing Test Website of the musical John Paul Jones Composer profile at the Scottish Music Centre