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Valkyrie 1991Scottish Opera

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At this period, Scottish Opera generally mounted nine main-stage operas each season, in groups of three. If funds allowed, there would be a small-scale production as well. For the 1991/92 season, the piano-accompanied tour, with 33 performances through the autumn, was of Maria Stuarda. The main stage schedule began at the Edinburgh Festival with a new production of La Clemenza di Tito. There were two more new stagings - Die Walküre and Don Giovanni. The six revivals were Madam Butterfly, Carmen, La traviata, Billy Budd, The Marriage of Figaro and Aïda.

The second stage of Scottish Opera’s half Ring is remembered for the wonderful first attempts at their roles by Willard White and Jane Eaglen, among others. Nigel Lowery's designs were extremely simple and very effective, with a striking use of colour, especially flashes of bright orange. Even the Ride of the Valkyries was freshly thought out - mauve-clad, witch-like (pointy hats and built-up footwear) bunched in a straight line front left of stage.

Sally Burgess was a vicious Fricka, and the trio of unfamiliar American performers brought the first act to thrilling life. It was tragic that funding problems prevented the project from being completed - the constant delays meant an inevitable loss of momentum, and it would have taken several seasons to finish, with little likelihood of performing complete cycles. Richard Jones was quickly snapped up to stage a generally successful cycle for Covent Garden, and he never returned to Scottish Opera.

Performance Cast

Siegmund a Volsung

John Keyes

Sieglinde a Volsung, sister of Siegmund

Carol Yahr

Hunding husband of Sieglinde

Kevin Maynor

Wotan father of the Valkyries and Volsungs

Willard White

Brünnhilde a Valkyrie

Jane Eaglen

Fricka Wotan's estranged wife

Sally Burgess

Gerhilde a Valkyrie

Anne Williams-King

Ortlinde a Valkyrie

Linda McLeod

Waltraute a Valkyrie

Carol Rowlands

Schwertleite a Valkyrie

Hilary Summers

Helmwige a Valkyrie

Virginia Kerr

Siegrune a Valkyrie

Clare Shearer

Grimgerde a Valkyrie

Yvonne Lea

Rossweisse a Valkyrie

Amanda McMurray

Performance DatesValkyrie 1991

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

19 Oct, 17.30 24 Oct, 17.30 30 Oct, 17.30 2 Nov, 17.30 9 Nov, 15.00

Hippodrome, Birmingham | Birmingham

30 Nov, 17.30

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

7 Dec, 17.30

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