Opera Scotland

Lustige Witwe 2008Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's 2008-09 season was unusual, in that it did not feature any revivals. What is more, the level of presentation, musical and dramatic, was also of a consistently high standard. Perhaps the one slight disappointment was the Edinburgh Festival offering, a rare staging of Smetana's charming domestic comedy The Two Widows. This was the company's second production of the piece. It was joined by two popular classics, La traviata and Così fan tutte, both directed in memorably intelligent fashion by David McVicar. The rarities were by Cimarosa (The Secret Marriage) and Massenet (Manon). Bellini's I puritani was given in a single concert performance. These were all company premieres. The small-scale tour was, unusually, an operetta, The Merry Widow. After the great success of the previous year's opener, the company also put on a second group of new, experimental 15-minute chamber dramas in the 5:15 series. Another welcome rarity was the next collaboration with the RSAMD - a large student cast assisted by Scottish Opera's musicians and technical staff, in a hugely enjoyable version of Prokofiev's Love For Three Oranges.

Over the years, Scottish Opera has toured most kinds of opera round the highlands and islands with piano accompaniment. Viennese operetta arrived late, but the success of Die Fledermaus in 2006 clearly encouraged management to continue the experiment - the thought of a Merry Widow without the lush orchestral backup was initially alarming, but the whole production worked beautifully, even if the easily moved set did look a bit like a wide and very flexible shower curtain - but lighting was cleverly done. Costumes were effective in a 1920s style. The cast employed was necessarily much larger than usual on these tours - and the smaller venues meant that the spoken dialogue was beautifully handled.

Performance Cast

Baron Mirko Zeta Pontevedrian Ambassador in Paris

Adam Miller

Valencienne Zeta's wife

Mary O'Sullivan

Count Danilo Danilowitsch Secretary to the legation, reserve cavalry lieutenant

Alexander Grove (Exc Sep 23, 25)

Blake Fischer (Sep 23, 25)

Hanna Glawari a wealthy young widow

Stephanie Corley (Exc Sep 27)

Helena Dix (Sep 27)

Camille de Rosillon

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Raoul de St Brioche

Andrew Dickinson

Vicomte Cascada

Giles Davies

Bogdanowitsch Pontevedrian Consul

Daniel Grice

Sylviane wife of Bogdanowitsch

Catharine Rogers

Kromow Counsellor to the Pontevedrian legation

Francis Church

Olga wife of Kromow

Louise Collett

Pritschitsch retired Pontevedrian colonel, Military Attaché

James Arthur

Praskowia wife of Pritschitsch

Susan Boyd

Njegus Chancery Clerk at the Embassy

Harry Ward

Performance DatesLustige Witwe 2008

Map List

Eastwood Park Theatre | Giffnock, Glasgow

4 Sep, 19.30 6 Sep, 19.30

Duthac Centre, Tain | Tain, Ross-shire

9 Sep, 19.30

Thurso High School | Thurso, Caithness

11 Sep, 19.30

Orkney Arts Centre | Kirkwall, Orkney

13 Sep, 19.30

Macphail Theatre | Ullapool

16 Sep, 19.30

An Lanntair | Stornoway, Lewis

18 Sep, 19.30

Plockton High School | Plockton, Ross-shire

20 Sep, 19.30

Nevis Centre | Fort William

23 Sep, 19.30

Albert Halls | Stirling

25 Sep, 19.30

Perth Theatre | Perth

27 Sep, 19.45

Buccleuch Centre | Langholm

30 Sep, 19.30

Gaiety Theatre, Ayr | Ayr

2 Oct, 19.30

Cinema, Newton Stewart | Newton Stewart

4 Oct, 19.30

Community Centre, Nairn | Nairn

14 Oct, 19.30

Craigmonie Centre | Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire

16 Oct, 19.30

Corran Hall | Oban, Argyll

18 Oct, 19.30

Deeside Theatre | Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

21 Oct, 19.30

Reid Hall | Forfar

23 Oct, 19.30

Byre Theatre | St Andrews

25 Oct, 19.30

Queen's Hall, Dunoon | Dunoon

28 Oct, 19.30

Tait Hall | Kelso

30 Oct, 19.30

Brunton Theatre | Musselburgh, East Lothian

1 Nov, 19.30

Community Theatre, Peterhead | Peterhead, Aberdeenshire

4 Nov, 19.30

Festival Theatre, Pitlochry | Pitlochry

6 Nov, 19.30

Platform, The Bridge | Easterhouse

8 Nov, 19.30

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