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Rake's Progress 1967Scottish Opera

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For the 1967 Edinburgh Festival, the chosen musical theme was Igor Stravinsky. A wide-ranging programme of events was produced, with the composer in attendance. Participants included the Cleveland Orchestra under their conductor, the legendary George Szell, who had been chief conductor of the Scottish Orchestra back in the thirties. The operatic programme featured the Festival debut of Scottish Opera with The Rake's Progress, and they also put on The Soldier's Tale.

Peter Diamand also continued the link with his previous employers, the Holland Festival, for a third year, by mounting co-productions of two rarities by Bellini (Capuleti) and Haydn (Anima del filosofo, under the title Orfeo ed Euridice).

This was the first production of this piece by Scottish Opera. It was altogether seen as a great success. Peter van der Bilt and Elizabeth Robson were company regulars, while Alexander Young would now become one. The Czech mezzo Sona Cervena had been to the Festival with her home company, and would now visit Scotland frequently.

When the time came for the planned revival in 1971, it was discovered that the sets had fallen to bits, so young staff director David Pountney was invited to mount a new production, which of course had to be both quick and cheap.

Performance Cast

Trulove a country squire

David Kelly

Anne Trulove Trulove's daughter

Elizabeth Robson

Tom Rakewell a young gentleman engaged to Anne

Alexander Young

Nick Shadow

Peter van der Bilt

Mother Goose keeper of the brothel

Johanna Peters

Baba the Turk a bearded lady and circus attraction

Sona Cervena

Sellem an auctioneer

Francis Egerton

Keeper of the Madhouse

Ronald Morrison

Performance DatesRake's Progress 1967

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

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