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Lustige Witwe 1977Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera were adapting their touring pattern to the long winter subscription season they mounted in Glasgow in the early years after the restoration of the Theatre Royal. Several of the Glasgow repertoire pieces were now shown elsewhere, sometimes with cast changes. The touring had opened as early as February, with two medium-scale productions - a revival of Pountney's Magic Flute and a new Figaro. Two Britten works, Turn of the Screw and Rape of Lucretia, were revived for a brief tour to Poland. The main stage pieces, in addition to The Merry Widow, were the Pountney Macbeth, new at last year's Edinburgh Festival, plus Don Pasquale, Fidelio, Jenůfa and Meistersinger.

The first eight performances were a continuation of Scottish Opera's Christmas and New Year season in Glasgow. They were followed by a further group of six in the spring that constituted the final sighting of the thoroughly successful and high-spirited Anthony Besch and John Stoddart staging from 1973. For the final two performances, Alexander Gibson entered the pit to conduct one of his favourite pieces for the last time.

The only newcomer at this point of the run was Eric Garrett - a long-term member of the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, who here made his only appearances with Scottish Opera, in a role which was not likely to come his way in London.

Details of May cast from free cast sheet for Edinburgh in the NLS.

Performance Cast

Baron Mirko Zeta Pontevedrian Ambassador in Paris

William McCue (Jan 1, 4, 6, 8 mat; May 9, 10)

Eric Garrett (Jan 3, 5, 7, 8 eve)

Valencienne Zeta's wife

Patricia Hay

Count Danilo Danilowitsch Secretary to the legation, reserve cavalry lieutenant

Jonny Blanc

Hanna Glawari a wealthy young widow

Catherine Wilson (Jan 1, 4, 6, 8 mat; May 9, 10))

Elizabeth Robson (Jan 3, 5, 7, 8 eve)

Camille de Rosillon

David Hillman (Jan 1, 4, 6, 8 mat, May 9, 10)

Richard Greager (Jan 3, 5, 7, 8 eve)

Vicomte Cascada

James Paterson

Raoul de St Brioche

David Fieldsend

Bogdanowitsch Pontevedrian Consul

Peter Bodenham

Sylviane wife of Bogdanowitsch

Rosanne Brackenridge

Kromow Counsellor to the Pontevedrian legation

Arthur Jackson

Olga wife of Kromow

Lola Biagioni

Pritschitsch retired Pontevedrian colonel, Military Attaché

David Scrivens

Praskowia wife of Pritschitsch

Linda Finnie

Njegus Chancery Clerk at the Embassy

Graham Allum

Performance DatesLustige Witwe 1977

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

1 Jan, 19.15 3 Jan, 19.15 4 Jan, 19.15 5 Jan, 19.15 6 Jan, 19.15 7 Jan, 19.15 8 Jan, 14.15 8 Jan, 19.15

Empire Theatre, Sunderland | Sunderland

1 Apr, 19.30

Opera House, Manchester | Manchester

6 Apr, 19.30 7 Apr, 19.30

Empire Theatre, Liverpool | Liverpool

15 Apr, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

9 May, 19.30 10 May, 19.30

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