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Rake's Progress 1969Sadler's Wells Opera

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The 1968 visit to Glasgow had featured a repertoire of only five works and seems rather lightweight. This time there were eight, with some relative rareties. Edinburgh and Aberdeen, with one week apiece, saw The Magic Flute, Offenbach's Bluebeard, The Force of Destiny and The Rake's Progress. Glasgow, with a three week visit, saw all of the above, plus Count Ory, Ariadne on Naxos, Madam Butterfly and Patience.

The Rake had been done by Scottish Opera as its contribution to the 1967 Edinburgh Festival, but this production was more traditional and Hogarthian in appearance. It originated in 1962, when Colin Davis headed the company. Roderick Brydon was an expert conductor, rapidly gaining in experience. The cast was of very high quality, from young Margaret Neville as Anne to the veteran Edith Coates. Gregory Dempsey and Ann Howard became regular visitors to Scottish Opera.

Cast details from a programme in the OperaScotland collection.

Performance Cast

Trulove a country squire

Eric Stannard

Anne Trulove Trulove's daughter

Margaret Neville

Tom Rakewell a young gentleman engaged to Anne

Gregory Dempsey

Nick Shadow

Raimund Herincx

Mother Goose keeper of the brothel

Edith Coates

Baba the Turk a bearded lady and circus attraction

Ann Howard

Sellem an auctioneer

John Fryatt

Keeper of the Madhouse

Peter Tracey

Performance DatesRake's Progress 1969

Map List

Kings Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

14 Oct, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

21 Oct, 19.30

Kings Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

31 Oct, 19.30 6 Nov, 19.30

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