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Sicilian Vespers 1955Glasgow Grand Opera Society

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Glasgow Grand continued its pioneering exploration of the byeways of nineteenth century opera by mounting the first performances in Scotland of this much underrated product of Verdi's middle period. 1955 was the centenary of its first performances in Paris. Perhaps it is not surprising that the most elaborate of Verdi's ballet sequences should be cut - after all, Covent Garden still followed the same policy when mounting the work for the first time in 2013.

Guest conductor Michael Collins, a highly regarded Sibelius expert, was another example of the company's astute casting policy.

The popular piece in their repertoire that week was Aïda.

Performance Cast

Béthune a French officer

Patrick Moir

Vaudemont a French officer

Robert MacLachlan

Thibault (Tebaldo) a French soldier

George Muir

Robert (Roberto) a French soldier

Ian North

Hélène sister of Duke Frederick of Austria

Kay Gordon

Guy de Montfort (Guido) Governor of Sicily

William Penman

Henri (Arrígo) a young Sicilian

John Watson

Jean de Procida (Giovanni) a Sicilian doctor

George McClements

Ninetta attendant on Hélène

May Brown

Danieli a young Sicilian, attendant on Hélène

McLean McColl

Manfredo a Sicilian peasant

Charles Bulloch

Performance DatesSicilian Vespers 1955

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

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