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Vision of Thérèse 1974Royal Opera, Stockholm

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Fifteen years after the Royal Opera from Stockholm had made a first Edinburgh Festival appearance, they returned with a memorable pair of early 20th century masterpieces. Of the four operas brought to Edinburgh by the Swedes in 1974, Jenůfa and Elektra were performed in a conventional, but thrilling, way. The recent work, The Vision of Thérèse, of 1964, was performed in the round at STV's Gateway studios. A little-known Handel pastorale, Il pastor fido, completed their offering. Scottish Opera ventured into the supposedly rarified world of Gluck for the first time, with an under-rated staging of Alceste. The Festival's own production of Don Giovanni was revived from the previous year.

The opera schedule was as follows:

First week, commencing 19 Aug: Mon Alceste; Tue -; Wed Don Giovanni; Thu Alceste; Fri Don Giovanni; Sat Alceste.

Second week, commencing 26 Aug: Mon Don Giovanni; Tue Alceste; Wed -; Thu Elektra; Fri -; Sat Jenůfa.

Third week, commencing Sun 1 Sep: Sun Elektra; Mon Vision of Thérèse; Tue Il pastor fido & Vision of Thérèse; Wed Jenůfa; Thu Il pastor fido; Fri Elektra; Sat Jenůfa.

This turned out to be a successful and highly absorbing opera in a technically challenging form. Two conductors were required, and some of the amplified sound-effects appeared to be coming from under the stage. Mounting it in the Gateway posed a technical challenge which the Swedes overcame triumphantly. For non-Swedish speakers there were inevitable problems with following every detail of the plot. Could a successful production be achieved with surtitles?

Performance DatesVision of Thérèse 1974

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Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

2 Sep, 20.00 3 Sep, 20.00

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