Richard Strauss’s Daphne
Scottish Opera

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Thu 7 Sept 7.30pm

Duration: 1 hr 30 mins approx (no interval)


Concert Staging


A partnership between Scottish Opera and the Lammermuir Festival.

Scottish Opera returns to the festival with a rare concert staging of Richard Strauss’s magical late opera Daphne (1937).

In Greek mythology, Daphne is the beautiful daughter of the river-god Peneios. She is desired by Apollo, the sun god, but she rejects him and when he tries to force himself on her she appeals for help to the gods who transform her into a laurel tree.

In Strauss’s version, there is a rival for Daphne’s affections, the shepherd Leukippos. In a fit of jealousy, Apollo kills Leukippos and Daphne blames both herself and Apollo for his death. The remorseful sun god gives up his claim on Daphne and allows her the union with nature that she has always wanted.

Daphne is an extraordinary, richly orchestrated score full of wonderful, soaring melodies. Its sublime final scene includes some of the most beautiful music that Strauss ever wrote and was so dear to him that he repeatedly played it on his piano in the last months of his life.

This performance will be the first in Scotland.

Seating Plan

See ticket prices for St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington below.

St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington

The Collegiate Church of St Mary the Virgin is one of the great ecclesiastical buildings of mediaeval Scotland, founded in 1380 and known for centuries as "The Lamp of Lothian".

It was severely damaged in the 16th Century during Henry VIII's 'Rough Wooing' of Scotland, and after the Reformation only the nave was used as a parish church, with the choir and tower remaining roofless.

It was finally restored to its former glory in the 1970s, and is Scotland's longest church as well as one of its most beautiful, with a wonderfully warm, resonant acoustic.

St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington


St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington
EH41 4BZ

Getting there by bus

Several Edinburgh to Haddington routes to the Market Street bus stop. All drop off in the High St, approx. 5-8 mins walk from the church.

Getting there by train

Edinburgh to North Berwick service every hour. Nearest station is Drem. Taxi info on station notice board.

Getting there by car

Haddington is 20 miles East of Edinburgh along the A1 dual carriageway. Travelling East take the second exit to Haddington – St Mary’s is signposted from the main road. Look to the South, and you will see the old church tower in the distance.



There is free on-street parking 100m from the church, on the road, and throughout the town.

Only disabled parking is allowed in the church grounds. There are 3 disabled spaces for blue badge holders. Please email [email protected] if you require one of these spaces. First come, first served.


Tarmac and gravel

Induction Loop:

Good male/female provision plus adapted toilet for disabled.

Wheelchair Access:

Access is via the North Side (side) door, available 30 minutes before concert. Press bell for assistance. Level access into venue.

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