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Iolanta 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.

With Stuart Stratford having trained for three years at St Petersburg, it was always likely that he would want to strengthen the company's Russian repertoire. With a full-scale Eugene Onegin to come in the Spring a Tchaikovsky taster seems entirely appropriate to whet the appetite. Of the cast, Gulnara Shafigullina is the company's Violetta during the Autumn. Tenor Alexey Dolgov is not known in Britain yet, but as he spent the Spring of 2017 singing Lensky at the Met good things may be expected. Their duet is certainly one of the best sections of the opera.

Performance Cast

Marthe Iolanta's nurse and Bertrand's wife

Anne-Marie Owens

Iolanta King René's blind daughter

Gulnara Shafigullina

Brigitte Iolanta's friend

Nadine Livingston

Laure Iolanta's friend

Laura Zigmantaite

Bertrand Keeper of the castle

Ashley Holland

René King of Provence

Alexei Tanovitski

Ibn-Hakia a Moorish physician

James Platt

Joffroi, Count Vaudémont a Burgundian knight

Alexey Dolgov

Robert Duke of Burgundy

Alexey Gusev

Performance DatesIolanta 2017

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

29 Oct, 15.00

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