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Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1976Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's second Theatre Royal subscription season (1976-77) again consisted of ten varied operas. It opened with a revival of the successful Ebert staging of La bohème. This was followed by Confessions of a Justified Sinner (new in the summer), The Magic Flute, Don Pasquale, Macbeth, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Merry Widow, Fidelio, The Rape of Lucretia and Jenůfa.

The company's first production of Meistersinger was received with near-universal delight. The conducting of Alexander Gibson was beautifully controlled and lyrical, and the designs by Maria Bjørnson looked traditional and wonderfully natural.

David Pountney's staging was crammed with detailed characterisations,  Seasoned performances of Sachs,  Beckmesser,  Pogner and David were delivered by veterans Norman Bailey,  Thomas Hemsley,  David Ward and Gregory Dempsey, all familiar with their roles from performances at Covent Garden or ENO.  Indeed Thomas Hemsley had also sung Beckmesser at Bayreuth.   A delightful feature of the detailed staging was the individually characterised minor roles such as young Graham Clark's palsy-ridden pewterer and Norman White's ear-trumpet wielding coppersmith.

Sadly, Elizabeth Harwood had to withdraw from her only attempt at a major Wagner role, but the opportunity was seized by Linda Esther Gray, who delivered a confident performance as Eva, that ensured she would return for the first revival.

Performance DatesMastersingers of Nuremberg 1976

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