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Pearl Fishers 1983Scottish Opera

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Steven Pimlott's thoroughly enjoyable production opened in Newcastle in the autumn of 1981, then went on a double-cast  tour of a group of smaller theatres. The same teams continued to operate in the early months of 1982. For the autumn of that year the staging was scaled up a notch by Dafydd Burne-Jones and Tony Ellis with more experienced singers coming in.

This final group of performances, six in all, mixed the squads together, according to availability. The constant at all performances was the excellent young conductor Ian Robertson, soon to depart for California, where he spent a significant period as Chorus Master for San Francisco Opera.

The venues included London's Dominion Theatre in Tottenham Court Road - not generally associated with opera nowadays - and also Leeds Grand in February. The opera was then essentially unknown to London audiences, and the single performance also gave Messrs Gonzaga and Phillips the opportunity for London debuts. The May grouping played at Liverpool and the Perth Festival.

Performance Cast

Nadir a fisherman, friend of Zurga

Otoniel Gonzaga (Feb 4, 10)

Ian Caley (Feb 8)

Gordon Christie (May 12, 23, 24)

Zurga leader of the fishermen

Norman Phillips

Léïla a priestess of Brahma

Jill Gomez (Feb 4, 8, 10)

Marie Slorach (May 12, 23, 24)

Nourabad High Priest of Brahma

Brian Bannatyne-Scott

Performance DatesPearl Fishers 1983

Map List

DominionTheatre | London

4 Feb, 19.30

Grand Theatre, Leeds | Leeds

8 Feb, 19.30 10 Feb, 19.30

Empire Theatre, Liverpool | Liverpool

12 May, 19.30

Perth Theatre | Perth

23 May, 19.30 24 May, 19.30

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