Opera Scotland

Iris I

Tours by decade

Tours by location


Pietro Mascagni (born Livorno, 7 December 1863; died Rome, 2 August 1945)


Luigi Illica (born Piacenza, 9 May 1857; died Piacenza, 16 December 1919)



First Performance: Rome (Teatro Costanzi), 22 November 1898.

First Performance in UK: London (Covent Garden), 8 July 1919.

First Performance in Scotland: Glasgow (City Halls), 1 December 2019.



Things Japanese were very fashionable the world over during the last decades of the nineteenth century. In Britain the preference was generally for lighter opera and operetta, including The Mikado, The Geisha and The Mousmé. In Italy, Mascagni's Iris was a great deal more serious, with a plot of unrelieved gloom. When Madama Butterfly appeared five years later Iris was quickly relegated to near obscurity.



Iris, an innocent girl (soprano).

Il Cieco (the blind man), Iris's father (bass)

Osaka, a rich but dissolute young man (tenor)

Kyoto, a brothel keeper (baritone)

The Cast

 a brothel keeper
 a rich and dissolute young man

© Copyright Opera Scotland 2019

Site by SiteBuddha