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Bohème 1979Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's fourth season at the Theatre Royal (1978-79) opened with Simon Boccanegra, and continued with Jenůfa, Catiline Conspiracy then an unusual triple-bill of Savitri, Fanny Robin and Dido and Aeneas. Next came Seraglio, Rosenkavalier, Hansel and Gretel, Fledermaus, Midsummer Night's Dream, Bohème, Kátya Kabanová and Rigoletto. In June there followed the company's first staging of a musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Many of these works were also toured.

Peter Ebert's largely traditional Bohème production still worked well a decade after its launch, and here was used to frame important performances by two of the younger generation. Dennis O'Neill had been with Scottish Opera for several seasons, and his voice was gaining power while retaining its sweetness of tone. Isobel Buchanan was a young Scottish soprano who had come rapidly to prominence as the result of some excellent performances with Australian Opera. Here she made her Scottish Opera debut, but would return for only two more roles.

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Performance Cast

Marcello a painter

Michael Maurel

Rodolfo a poet

Dennis O'Neill

Colline a philosopher

William McCue

Schaunard a musician

Gordon Sandison

Benoit the students' landlord

Norman White

Mimì a seamstress

Isobel Buchanan

Parpignol a toy vendor

Peter Bodenham

Musetta a grisette

Patricia Hay

Alcindoro a wealthy follower of Musetta

Bruce Budd

Official

Garrick Forbes

Custom-house Sergeant

Tano Rea

Performance DatesBohème 1979

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

8 Feb, 19.15

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