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Fanciulla del West 2010Scottish Opera

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Following the sell-out success of 2008’s I Puritani in the spring, Francesco Corti conducted a one-off, concert performance of Puccini’s highly dramatic and brilliantly orchestrated La fanciulla del West, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. This was its first performance in Scotland since the end of the Sadler's Wells touring days.

It also introduced to Scottish audiences a pair of principals, in Susan Bullock and Carl Tanner, who were entirely unknown, as well as giving a number of small character parts to more familiar local singers. Whether the gentlemen of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus were completely successful in characterising the miners may be debatable. However the Orchestra of Scottish Opera produced glorious music, even if some audience members in the lower parts of the hall found that sound a touch overwhelming at times.

Performance Cast

Minnie Innkeeper

Susan Bullock

Dick Johnson a bandit, real name Ramirrez

Carl Tanner

Jack Rance sheriff

Juha Uusitalo

Nick bartender at the 'Polka' saloon

Colin Judson

Ashby Wells Fargo agent

Brindley Sherratt

Jake Wallace a travelling minstrel

Steven Faughey

Sonora a miner

Roland Wood

Bello a miner

Paul Anwyl

Happy a miner

Jonathan Sedgwick

Joe a miner

Nick Hardy

Larkens a miner

Anders Östberg

Trin a miner

Bruce Davis

Harry a miner

Paul Featherstone

Sid a miner

Philip Gault

José Castro highwayman

David Morrison

Pony Express rider

Declan McCusker

Billy Jackrabbit Red Indian

David Morrison

Wowkle Minnie's Indian woman servant

Louise Collett

Performance DatesFanciulla del West 2010

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

23 Aug, 19.00

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