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Cenerentola 2008Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's 2007-08 season consisted entirely of new productions, generally successful ones at that. The company was clearly still struggling financially, however. The autumn saw the start of a new relationship with the great baritone Sir Thomas Allen, who directed Il barbiere di Siviglia. The new Mozart staging was Seraglio. There was a small-scale version of Rossini's Cinderella, which toured with piano accompaniment in the autumn, then with a reduced orchestration in the spring. A Night at the Chinese Opera, the first full-length piece by Judith Weir, not yet seen in Scotland, was beautifully staged. There was also a successful new production of Verdi's Falstaff. A stimulating innovation also appeared - the first  of three runs of short new works called 5:15 - Operas Made in Scotland. The partnership with RSAMD also continued, with Eugene Onegin. There was another Highlands and Islands tour under the Essential Scottish Opera title, and the orchestra gave a group of Sunday afternoon concerts in St Andrew's in the Square.

In 2007 this production had toured small venues with piano accompaniment. For this short medium-scale tour the singers repeated their roles with an excellent small band of seventeen players, many being principal players from Scottish Opera's orchestra. Derek Clark prepared the reduced orchestration, which sounded delightfully authentic. Harry Fehr’s stylish production in Austenite mode looked excellend in a set consisting of artfully elegant folding panels - during the finale Cinders went round opening new vistas indicative of her future happiness.

Performance Cast

Clorinda daughter of Don Magnifico

Amanda Forbes

Tisbe Clorinda's sister

Katherine Allen

Angelina known as Cinderella, Magnifico's stepdaughter

Caryl Hughes

Alidoro Ramiro's tutor, a philosopher

Marc Labonnette

Don Magnifico Baron of Montefiascone

Dean Robinson

Don Ramiro Prince of Salerno

Nicholas Ransley

Dandini the Prince's valet

Julian Hubbard

Performance DatesCenerentola 2008

Map List

Concert Hall, Motherwell | Motherwell

1 Apr, 19.30

Town Hall, Falkirk | Falkirk

3 Apr, 19.30

Webster Theatre | Arbroath

8 Apr, 19.30

Town Hall, Elgin | Elgin, Moray

12 Apr, 19.30

Duthac Centre, Tain | Tain, Ross-shire

14 Apr, 19.30

Corran Hall | Oban, Argyll

16 Apr, 19.30

Tait Hall | Kelso

22 Apr, 19.30

Easterbrook Hall | Dumfries

24 Apr, 19.30

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline | Dunfermline

26 Apr, 19.30

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