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Albert Herring 1968Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera made its first trip abroad to the Florence May Festival, playing in the historic Pergola Theatre. Earlier events at the Festival had been received without enthusiasm, so the positive reaction to Scottish Opera was very welcome.

The SNO players had not been available, so freelance musicians from London were recruited, with mixed results.  In all other respects, however, the production travelled well.  In an age long before the invention of supertitles, Anthony Besch redirected his staging with a slightly broader style, to help non-English speakers in the audience.

The following year, Albert Herring was toured to Hanover, Dortmund and Augsburg. In 1970 it went to Reykjavik (by which time an effective staging of Turn of the Screw could go too).

 

Scottish Opera's Seventh Season - 1968

The ten operas performed were by Monteverdi (Ballo delle ingrate);  Mozart (Marriage of Figaro);  Wagner (Götterdämmerung);   Musorgsky (Boris Godunov);   Sullivan (Gondoliers);   Puccini (Madam Butterfly); Stravnsky (Soldier's Tale);  Britten (Peter GrimesAlbert Herring);  Orr (Full Circle).

 

Full Ciircle was given in Edinburgh as a late night performance (10:00pm) after some performances of The Gondoliers,  while in Perth it formed a double bill with The Solder's Tale.

The schedule was as follows:

Perth, w/c Mon 8 Apr:  Tue 9 Marriage of Figaro;  Wed 10 Full Circle & Soldier's Tale;  Thu 11 Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 12 Full Circle & Soldier's Tale;  Sat 13 Full Circle & Soldier's Tale.

Glasgow, w/c Mon 29 Apr:  Fri 3 May Boris Godunov;  Sat 4 Marriage of Figaro

Glasgow, w/c Mon 6 May;  Fri 10 Boris Godunov; Sat 11 Madama Butterfly.

Glasgow, w/c Mon 13 May:  Tue 14 Madama Butterfly;  Wed 15 Götterdämmerung;  Thu 16 Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 17 m Marriage of Figaro; Fri 17 e  Madama Butterfly;  Sat 18 Götterdämmerung.

Aberdeen, w/c Mon 20 May:  Tue 21 Götterdämmerung;  Wed 22 Marriage of Fgaro;  Thu 23 Madama Butterfly;  Fri 24 Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 25 Boris Godunov.

Edinburgh, w/c Mon 27 May:  Tue 28 Boris Godunov;  Wed 29 Madama Butterfly;  Thu 30 Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 31 m Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 31 e Madama Butterfly; Sat 1 Jun Boris Godunov.

Edinburgh, w/c Mon 3 Jun  Tue 4 Götterdämmerung;  Wed 5 Boris Godunov; Thu 6 Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 7 Götterdämmerung;  Sat 8 Marriage of Figaro.

Florence, w/c Mon 17 Jun:  Wed 19 Albert Herring;  Thu 20 Albert Herring.

Edinburgh Festival: 19, 21, 23, 26 Aug Peter Grimes.

Edinburgh Festival (Fringe): 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 Aug (late) Il ballo delle ingrate.

Newcastlle, w/c Mon 9 Sep: Tue 10 Peter Grimes;  Thu 12 Marriage of Fiigaro;  Fri 13 Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 14 Peter Grimes.

Edinburgh, w/c Mon 9 Dec:  Thu 12 Gondoliers;  Sat 14 Marriage of Figaro.

Edinburgh, w/v Mon 16 Dec:  Mon 16 e Gondoliers; Mon 16 (late) Full Circle;  Tue 17 Marriage of Figaro; Wed 18 Gondoliers; Thu 19 Gondoliers;  Fri 20 Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 21 e Gondoliers;  Sat 21 (late) Full Circle.

Performance Cast

Lady Billows an elderly aristocrat

Judith Pierce

Florence Pike housekeeper to Lady Billows

Johanna Peters

Miss Wordsworth head teacher

Patricia Clark

Mr Gedge the Vicar

Ronald Morrison

Mr Upfold the Mayor

Francis Egerton

Superintendent Budd police officer

William McCue

Sid from the butcher's

Michael Maurel

Nancy from the baker's

Catherine Wilson

Albert Herring from the greengrocer's

Gregory Dempsey

Mrs Herring the greengrocer, Albert's mother

Anna Reynolds

Emmie a schoolgirl

Sheila McGrow

Cis a schoolgirl

Jennifer Bermingham

Harry a schoolboy

Charles Begbie

Performance DatesAlbert Herring 1968

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Teatro della Pergola | Florence

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