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Don Carlos 2000Tayside Opera

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Verdi's majestic Parisian grand opera took a long time to reach Scotland. It did so, it seems, only in 1988, in the bizarre, but amazingly successful form of Scottish Opera's small-scale tour with piano accompaniment. A decade later, the Royal Opera paid a rare visit to the Edinburgh Festival, with Luc Bondy's French-language production. The complete original French text was given by Welsh National in 2005. It was therefore left to Tayside Opera to give the Scottish premiere of the 4-act Italian or Modena form of the piece. The absence of the opening Fontainebleau scene no doubt does great damage to the plot, and the character development of Carlos and Elisabeth, but in these circumstances the omission was quite justified.

The simple, skeletal sets worked well. There were many participants imported from other local amateur groups. With one exception, the soloists were all regular company members, even the two sopranos who shared Elisabeth. That exception was the tenor in the title role. Colin McKerracher had actually appeared in the Scottish Opera staging. His performance was as excellent as it had been then. Fiona Brownsmith provided some lovely soft singing, and Helen Brown gave a fierily dramatic reading of Eboli. The lower voices were all well contrasted and the vicious confrontation between King and Inquisitor was highly effective.

Performance DatesDon Carlos 2000

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Gardyne Theatre | Dundee

18 Oct, 19.15 18 Oct, 19.30 19 Oct, 19.15 20 Oct, 19.15 21 Oct, 19.15

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