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Egisto 1984Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's 1983/84 season at the Theatre Royal opened with a new Death in Venice, followed before Christmas by Idomeneo (also new), and revivals of The Golden Cockerel and Hansel and Gretel. In the New Year, the season continued with revivals of L'elisir d'amore, La bohème and L'Egisto, before a final new production, Turandot, opened. There was also a short tour of the medium-scale theatres with a double bill of early one-act farces by Rossini, The Marriage Contract and The Silken Ladder. The autumn saw a further handful of performances of the recent Jonathan Miller Magic Flute, while the second half of December featured a two-week run of a musical, My Fair Lady.

Egisto had been a delightful success on its first run, and thoroughly deserved its revival a couple of years later. Linda Ormiston was the only survivor from the original cast, though James Bowman and Hugh Hetherington had appeared in the TV recording. Furthermore, this run was sung in the generally acceptable English version of Geoffrey Dunn. Two notable singers made company debuts. Fiona Kimm returned frequently in future years, but William Shimell was not to come back.

The cast variations are as detailed in the retrospective section of Scottish Opera's Yearbook for the following season.

Performance Cast

Notte Night

Brian Bannatyne-Scott

Aurora Dawn

Deborah Rees (Exc Mar 21, 24)

Yvonne Barclay (Mar 21, 24)

Clori from Delos, in love with Lidio

Fiona Kimm (Gla)

Della Jones (Liv, New)

Lidio of Zacynthos

James Bowman (Gla)

Andrew Dalton (Liv, New)

Egisto from Delos, formerly betrothed to Clori

Ian Caley

Climene of Zacynthos, formerly betrothed to Lidio

Rosanne Creffield (Exc Mar 15)

Linda Ormiston (Mar 15)

Ipparco Climene's brother, ruler of Zacynthos

William Shimell

Dema Ipparco's old nurse

Hugh Hetherington

Bellezza goddess of Beauty

Eleanor Bennett

Volupia goddess of Pleasure

Linda Ormiston (Exc Mar 15)

Ellen Jackson (Mar 15)

Amor Cupid, son of Venus

Una Buchanan

Venere Venus

Clare Moll

Semele a Heroine who died for love

Jane Oakland

Fedra Phaedra, a Heroine who died for love

Beth Michael (Exc May 10)

Moyra Paterson (May 10)

Apollo

Alan Oke

Primavera Spring

Deborah Rees (Exc Mar 21, 24)

Susanna Ross (Mar 21)

Anne Rodger-Bowen (Mar 24)

Estate Summer

Carol Rowlands (Exc May 4)

Anne McLellan-Scott (May 4)

Autunno Autumn

Clare Moll

Inverno Winter

Yvonne Barclay

Hero a Heroine who died for love

Carol Rowlands (Exc May 4)

Anne McLellan-Scott (May 4)

Didone Dido, a Heroine who died for love

Linda Ormiston (Exc Mar 15)

Jane Guy (Mar 15)

Performance DatesEgisto 1984

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

3 Apr, 19.15 15 Mar, 19.15 21 Mar, 19.15 24 Mar, 14.15 5 Apr, 19.15 7 Apr, 19.15

Empire Theatre, Liverpool | Liverpool

4 May, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

10 May, 19.15 12 May, 19.15

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