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Rheingold 1989Scottish Opera

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The programme for the 1988-89 season of Scottish Opera opened with the company's first production of a work by Tippett, Midsummer Marriage. The other new productions were Fledermaus, Rheingold, Don Giovanni, Oedipus Rex, Traviata and Street Scene. The revivals were Magic Flute, Iolanthe, and Bohème, In the autumn the previous season's Richard Jones Così fan tutte, redirected by Tim Hopkins, went out on the medium-scale tour. There was also a small-scale, piano-accompanied tour of Don Carlos, so far Scottish Opera's only attempt at this work.

The company here embarked upon its second Ring project. Rheingold began very promisingly, and Die Walküre was even better. Sadly the money ran out and the project was cancelled at the half-way stage and never revived. Richard Jones went on to direct a complete Ring at the Royal Opera House a few years later.

The whole enterprise was very promisingly conducted by Mauceri and featured notable role debuts by Willard White, Felicity Palmer and Bonaventura Bottone among others.

Performance Cast

Woglinde a Rhinemaiden

Elizabeth Ritchie

Wellgunde a Rhinemaiden

Clare Shearer

Flosshilde a Rhinemaiden

Fiona Kimm

Alberich a Nibelung

Nicholas Folwell

Wotan leader of the gods

Willard White

Fricka wife of Wotan and goddess of marriage

Felicity Palmer

Freia sister of Fricka and goddess of love and spring

Anne Williams-King

Fasolt a giant

Curtis Watson

Fafner a giant

Oddbjørn Tennfjord

Froh god of joy and youth

Justin Lavender

Donner god of thunder

Gerard Quinn

Loge god of fire and cunning

Bonaventura Bottone

Mime a Nibelung, Alberich's brother

Paul Harrhy

Erda goddess of earth and wisdom

Penelope Walker

Performance DatesRheingold 1989

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

27 Jan, 19.15 4 Feb, 19.15 10 Feb, 19.15 14 Feb, 19.15 13 Apr, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

23 Feb, 19.15

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

2 Mar, 19.15 4 Mar, 19.15

Apollo Theatre | Oxford

9 Mar, 19.15 11 Mar, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

8 Apr, 19.15

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