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Rigoletto 1979Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's fourth season at the Theatre Royal (1978-79) opened with Simon Boccanegra, and continued with Jenůfa, Catiline Conspiracy then an unusual triple-bill of Savitri, Fanny Robin and Dido and Aeneas. Next came Seraglio, Rosenkavalier, Hansel and Gretel, Fledermaus, Midsummer Night's Dream, Bohème, Kátya Kabanová and Rigoletto. In June there followed the company's first staging of a musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Many of these works were also toured.

David Alden’s well remembered production was immediately dubbed the "punk" Rigoletto, and it had a certain shock impact on its first appearance, greatly helped by the conviction with which the performers threw themselves into their interpretations. Neil Shicoff, Norma Burrowes and Brent Ellis gave wonderfully red-blooded interpretations, and Dennis O'Neill was nearly as vivid when he took over later in the run. Alden returned quickly to direct an equally impressive Wozzeck and a distinctly less successful Mahagonny, before transferring his future British activities to ENO.

Performance Cast

Duke of Mantua

Neil Shicoff (Exc May 19)

Dennis O'Neill (May 19)

Matteo Borsa a courtier

John Robertson

Marullo a courtier

Gordon Sandison

Count Ceprano a courtier

Norman White

Countess Ceprano

Lesley Boyd

Rigoletto a jester

Brent Ellis

Count Monterone

Gerwyn Morgan

Sparafucile a professional assassin

William McCue

Gilda Rigoletto's daughter

Norma Burrowes

Giovanna Gilda's duenna

Shirley Thomas

Page to the Duchess

Rosanne Brackenridge

Maddalena sister of Sparafucile

Gillian Knight (Exc May 19)

Claire Livingstone (May 19)

Performance DatesRigoletto 1979

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 Apr, 19.15 21 Apr, 19.15 24 Apr, 19.15 26 Apr, 19.15 28 Apr, 14.16

Kings Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

19 May, 19.15

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