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Tosca 1985Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's 1985/86 season consisted of ten operas. The company's new productions ranged through Mozart (The Marriage of Figaro), Weber (Oberon), Verdi (Il trovatore), Offenbach (La Vie parisienne) and Weill (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny). The previous season's Orlando had further performances outside Glasgow, while the revivals were The Magic Flute, Werther, Tosca and The Turn of the Screw. The small-scall Opera-Go-Round tour in the autumn took the form of a new (and very different) staging of Tosca.

The eighties were a period of great enterprise on the part of Opera-Go-Round, the small- to medium-scale touring division of Scottish Opera. The level of ambition was amazing - not just the usual Barber and Così fan tutte (a better cast version of Richard Jones's main-house staging), but a first, highly successful, attempt in this context at staging Jenůfa. Larger-scale works were also produced, not just Tosca and Macbeth, but even Don Carlos! The novice directors cutting their teeth in these circumstances included Keith Warner, Matthew Richardson and Mike Ashman, as well as Richard Jones. This Tosca is worth noting, not just because it was an early example of work by the production team of Keith Warner and Marie-Jeanne Lecca, but also for the only staged performances with Scottish Opera by that highly promising baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore (though he did return twenty years later for some concert performances). Maria Moll went on as a cover when the full-scale Anthony Besch production was revived a few years later.

Performance Cast

Cesare Angelotti former Consul, now a political prisoner

Aneirin Huws


Norman White

Mario Cavaradossi a painter

John Oakman

Floria Tosca a famous singer

Maria Moll

Baron Scarpia Chief of Police

Anthony Michaels-Moore

Spoletta police agent

Derek Barnes

Performance DatesTosca 1985

Map List

Theatre Royal, Dumfries | Dumfries

2 Nov, 19.30

Village Hall, Bowmore | Isle of Islay

5 Nov, 19.30

Village Hall, Craignish | Lochgilphead

7 Nov, 19.30

Village Hall, Whiting Bay | Arran

9 Nov, 19.30

East Kilbride Village Theatre | East Kilbride

12 Nov, 19.30

Village Hall, Rogart | Rogart

14 Nov, 19.30

Tigh na Sgire, Portree | Portree, Isle of Skye

16 Nov, 19.30

Orkney Arts Centre | Kirkwall, Orkney

19 Nov, 19.30 21 Nov, 19.30

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh | Helensburgh

23 Nov, 19.30

MacRobert Arts Centre | Stirling

26 Nov, 19.30

Victoria Hall, Selkirk | Selkirk, Borders

28 Nov, 19.30

Ryan Centre | Stranraer, Wigtownshire

30 Nov, 19.30

Town Hall, Portobello | Edinburgh

3 Dec, 19.30

Town Hall, Elgin | Elgin, Moray

5 Dec, 19.30

Village Hall, Midmar | Midmar, Inverurie

7 Dec, 19.30

Thurso High School | Thurso, Caithness

10 Dec, 19.30

Village Hall, Ullapool | Ullapool

12 Dec, 19.30

Kyle Hall | Kyle of Lochalsh

14 Dec, 19.30

Carnegie Hall, Clashmore | Dornoch

17 Dec, 19.30

Shielbridge Hall | Acharacle

19 Dec, 19.30

Cinema, Newton Stewart | Newton Stewart

21 Dec, 19.30

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