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Edinburgh University Opera Club

There have, over the years, been several groups attached to Edinburgh University that have staged opera performances with a nucleus of student singers and players. Where the EUOC gains a clear distinction is in its practice of mounting performances of very unusual repertoire - not just Scottish but British premieres. Three new pieces have been launched (and Harper's Fanny Robin was quickly taken up by Scottish Opera). And if Dido and Aeneas is an unusual example of a standard repertoire work appearing, that was because Harper had intended Fanny as a companion piece for the Purcell.

There are perhaps two identifiable repertoire strands that the Club concentrated on - the (then) little-known baroque sector, and more modern, light French operas and operettas. Early music also featured, as did some unusual twentieth century works.

Works performed are as follows:

1968     Monteverdi: Orfeo.

1969     Handel: Agrippina.

1970     Banchieri: La Pazzia Senile.

            Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias.

1971     Lully: Alceste.

1972     Purcell: The Fairy Queen.

1973     Handel: Semele.

1974     Chabrier: L'étoile.

1975     Purcell: Dido and Aeneas.

            Harper: Fanny Robin.

1976     A Renaissance Entertainment.

1977     Rameau: Les Indes Galantes.

1978     Bizet: Don Procopio.

1979     Monteverdi: Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.

            Anon: Ludus Danielis.

1980     Granados: Goyescas.

            Falla: El Retablo del Maese Pedro.

1981     Gluck: Alceste.

1982     Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love.

1983     Weill: The Lindberg Flight.

            Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins.

            Weill: The Yea-Sayer.

1984     Weber: Oberon.

1985     Boieldieu: La Dame Blanche.

1986     Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress.

1987     Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld.

1988     Harper: The Mellstock Quire.

            Nicolson: The Vision of Hildegard.

1989/1  Bernstein: Mass.

1989/2  Cavalli: Erismena.

Details of productions provided by Dr Roger Savage. Known casts shown in bold:

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