Opera Scotland

Dr Quimpugh's Compendium of Peculiar Afflictions


Martin Ward


Phil Porter





First Performance: Petersham, Surrey (Playhouse), 25 July 2012.

First Performance in Scotland: Edinburgh (Summerhall), 3 August 2012.



Dr Quimpugh is an hour-long chamber piece for three singers accompanied by piano trio. The title role is a retired and enfeebled physician who remembers a succession of his more interesting patients from earlier days. These characters are portrayed in succession by the two nurses, sometimes as male or female, and both comic as well as serious. The music is successfully put together, modern but lyrical. At a first hearing, however, it is not especially memorable, but it is good to see a new and serious effort at opera appearing on the Edinburgh Fringe.



Dr Farquar Quimpugh (baritone)

Nurse 1, etc (soprano)

Nurse 2, etc (mezzo-soprano)

The Cast

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