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Gondoliers 1969Scottish Opera

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After its opening sequence of five performances in Edinburgh before Christmas, this staging received a further nine during the spring, including a number of matinees. There were several changes in the cast, and while it may seem odd to mention two of the smaller roles, the husband-and-wife pair of Barbara Walker and Robert Ferguson did not appear again with Scottish Opera, but enjoyed long and successful years with ENO and Opera North. Three of the performances represented the debut of Nan Christie, a young Scottish soprano who went on to a notable international career. Also, with it being the main spring season, the SNO was available to play in the pit.

This run played in repertoire with further performances of Full Circle, Albert Herring and Così fan tutte. The most ambitious work in the season was Berlioz's epic The Trojans, mounted to commemmorate the centenary of the composer's death.

Performance Cast

Fiametta a contadina

Ann Baird (Gla; Edi)

Nan Christie (Abn)

Francesco a gondolier

Robert Ferguson

Giulia a contadina

Barbara Walker

Antonio a gondolier

John Lawson Graham

Giorgio a gondolier

John Leishman

Vittoria a contadina

Karen Russell

Marco Palmieri a Venetian Gondolier

John Wakefield

Giuseppe Palmieri a Venetian Gondolier

Ronald Morrison

Tessa a Contadina

Janet Hughes

Gianetta a Contadina

Patricia Hay

Duke of Plaza-Toro a Grandee of Spain

Ian Wallace

Duchess of Plaza-Toro

Johanna Peters

Casilda daughter of the Duke and Duchess

Jill Gomez (Gla; Edi)

Ann Baird (Abn)

Luiz the Duke's Attendant

John Robertson

Don Alhambra del Bolero the Grand Inquisitor

William McCue


Bruce Clark

Inez the King's Foster-mother

Elsa Kendal

Performance DatesGondoliers 1969

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

15 May, 14.00 15 May, 19.00 17 May, 14.00 17 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

22 May, 14.00 22 May, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

4 Jun, 19.00 6 Jun, 19.00 7 Jun, 14.00

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