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Bohème 2002Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's 2002-03 season was dominated by the continuation of its production by Tim Albery of The Ring. The third instalment, Siegfried, opened at the 2002 Festival, followed by performances in Glasgow, with Götterdämmerung scheduled for the Spring. Complete cycles were planned for the 2003 Edinburgh Festival and the opening of the main Glasgow autumn season.

The non-Wagner repertoire consisted of a revived Fledermaus and new Orfeo ed Euridice in the autumn, along with a medium-scale tour of La bohème. The new year saw a performances of Rigoletto, with The Magic Flute in the spring.

La Bohème is a popular work for reduction to small or medium-scale touring purposes, and Caroline Sharman's updated version went round the country with piano in the autumn of 2001 as a part of the long-running Opera Go Round programme.

This adaptation with reduced orchestra followed a year later - rescored by Jonathan Dove for an excellent fifteen piece band of company principals. The short run, under the umbrella title Scottish Opera On Tour only took in seven venues, though these were well spread around the country, from Galashiels up to Elgin. It restored the medium-scale element of its work that had been missing from Scottish Opera's programming for many years, attracting the jibe in some quarters that the company was really only in effect Centralt Belt Opera.

The quality of the performance began from the beautifully played account of the score under the baton of Derek Clark. The Orchestra of Scottish Opera is generally good, but here it produced some quite superb sounds. The updated staging was more effective than Bohème usually is in such circumstances, and the cast gave generally excellent, detailed performances, with no need to force in the intimate space of Dundee's Gardyne Theatre.

Performance Cast

Rodolfo a poet

Jim Heath

Marcello a painter

Benjamin Bevan

Colline a philosopher

Richard Strivens

Schaunard a musician

Giles Davies

Benoit the students' landlord

Timothy Dawkins

Mimì a seamstress

Lisa Carlioth

Musetta a grisette

Heather Hunter

Alcindoro a wealthy follower of Musetta

Timothy Dawkins

Performance DatesBohème 2002

Map List

Gardyne Theatre | Dundee

9 Oct, 19.30

Town Hall, Elgin | Elgin, Moray

11 Oct, 19.30

Volunteer Hall, Galashiels | Galashiels

15 Oct, 19.30

Gaiety Theatre, Ayr | Ayr

18 Oct, 19.30

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline | Dunfermline

21 Oct, 19.30

Albert Halls | Stirling

23 Oct, 19.30

Corran Hall | Oban, Argyll

25 Oct, 19.30

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