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Traviata 2017Scottish Opera

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The 2017/18 season of Scottish Opera opens at the Edinburgh International Festival with a new production of Greek, the modern classic by Mark-Antony Turnage, which had its British premiere at the 1988 Festival. It re-appears in Glasgow later on. The main season begins with a welcome and overdue revival of Sir David McVicar's powerful production of La traviata. In the New Year there are new productions of another successful recent piece, Flight (Jonathan Dove) as well as Ariadne auf Naxos and Eugene Onegin. The season ends with a novelty circus tent-style production of Pagliacci. As a follow-up to the four operatic rareties mounted as Sunday concerts in 2016/17, the new subjects are rare Russian operas - Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, Prokofiev's Fiery Angel and a Rachmaninov double bill - Aleko and Francesca da Rimini. The fourth of these concerts is a digest of Russian pieces performed by students from the National Opera Studio under the title From Russia With Love. There will also be the regular Highlights tour round the Highlands and Islands, this time in two phases, Autumn and Spring.

This was an excellent Traviata staging back in 2008, and has since been seen at the homes of the co-producers - Cardiff (including WNO's tour), Barcelona and Madrid. It will be good to see it again. The cast for this revival brings in a number of new faces. David Parry is familiar, at least on record, as a conductor of Rossini, Donizetti and Mercadante, but less known as an exponent of Verdi. Stephen Gadd sang the part of Alfredo's father a few times some years ago, when he was rather younger. Australian baritone Simon Thorpe has also appeared with the company a few times over the years. Anush Hovhannisyan trained at the Conservatoire in Glasgow before joining the Jette Parker scheme at Covent Garden, and it will be good to see  how she has developed - she was already superb as a student. James Platt is another Jette Parker alumnus who will be making his debut here.

Performance DatesTraviata 2017

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

19 Oct, 19.15 22 Oct, 15.00 25 Oct, 19.15 28 Oct, 19.15 28 Nov, 19.15 30 Nov, 19.15 2 Dec, 19.15

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His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

2 Nov, 19.15 4 Nov, 19.15

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Eden Court Theatre | Inverness

7 Nov, 19.15 9 Nov, 19.15 11 Nov, 19.15

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Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

15 Nov, 19.15 19 Nov, 15.00 21 Nov, 19.15 23 Nov, 19.15 25 Nov, 19.15

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