74 Degrees North

Impact: Cultural Impacts

Description of impact

This case study details the impact of collaboration between three colleagues at the University of Aberdeen - Mealor, Stollery (Music) and Davidson (History of Art) and how the resulting work has contributed to a reassessment of opera in the twenty-first century in the context of the work of Scottish composers such as Thea Musgrave, Peter Maxwell Davies, Judith Weir and Sally Beamish. In 2010 the team created the opera 74 Degrees North, commissioned by Scottish Opera for its FIVE:15 series of new operas.

The impact of the work can be evidenced in the following ways:
a) Securing of excellent reviews in national press;
b) Near capacity audiences over eleven performances at three national venues;
c) Plans with Scottish Opera to create a new longer version of the work for future performance nationally and internationally;
d) Further collaboration between composers in Music department to create new work with the capacity to achieve impact;
Impact statusOpen
Category of impactCultural Impacts