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Lulu 1987Scottish Opera

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The 1987/88 season of Scottish Opera featured ten main stage productions. Six of these were new: Aïda, Lulu, The Pearl Fishers, Così fan tutte, La bohème and Candide. The four revivals were Seraglio, La vie Parisienne, Eugene Onegin (sung in Russian for the first time) and Death in Venice. The stylishly simple black, white and silver programme cover introduced for the season was highly attractive, but the idea was not repeated.

John Cox was known for expertise in Strauss, though not really for other great twentieth century operas. John Bury was known largely for his collaborations with Sir Peter Hall, either at the National Theatre or Glyndebourne - little of his work had been seen in Scotland. Lulu itself had been brought twice to the Edinburgh Festival in productions from Stuttgart (with Silja) and Berlin (with Gayer). But the completed three-act version was here receiving its Scottish première.

John Mauceri produced page after page of achingly beautiful sounds from the orchestra in what developed into a haunting production. How tragic that, after all the work that went into it there should be no revival. A superb company effort, with no weak links in the cast. Most of them were relatively unfamiliar, and certainly not known in this repertoire.

Performance DatesLulu 1987

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

21 Oct, 19.15 24 Oct, 19.15 24 Nov, 19.15 27 Nov, 19.15

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

28 Oct, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

5 Nov, 19.15

Tyne Theatre | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

12 Nov, 19.15 20 Nov, 19.15

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