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Silken Ladder 1985Scottish Opera

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After the success of its nine performances round smallish theatres in 1984, Graham Vick's staging of a Rossini double was revived by Dafydd Burne-Jones for two performances at the following Mayfest, and a further two in Newcastle. Several of the singers were changed, but Vick's concept of a Feydeau-esque French farce of the 1890s remained entirely appropriate. Adrian Martin and Janine Roebuck were making their only appearances with Scottish Opera. The evening opened with an earlier example of Rossini's delightful farces, The Marriage Contract (La cambiale do matrimonio).

Cast details are from a copy of the programme for the Mayfest performances in the Ian Robertson collection.

Performance Cast

Giulia Dormont's ward

Rosa Mannion

Germano a servant

William McCue

Lucilla Giulia's cousin

Janine Roebuck

Dorvil secretly married to Giulia

Adrian Martin

Dormont Giulia's guardian

Alexander Morrison

Blansac a friend of Dorvil

Alan Watt

Performance DatesSilken Ladder 1985

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

15 May, 19.15 17 May, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

22 May, 19.15 24 May, 19.15

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