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Fledermaus 1988Scottish Opera

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The programme for the 1988-89 season of Scottish Opera opened with the company's first production of a work by Tippett, Midsummer Marriage. The other new productions were Fledermaus, Rheingold, Don Giovanni, Oedipus Rex, Traviata and Street Scene. The revivals were Magic Flute, Iolanthe, and Bohème, In the autumn the previous season's Richard Jones Così fan tutte, redirected by Tim Hopkins, went out on the medium-scale tour. There was also a small-scale, piano-accompanied tour of Don Carlos, so far Scottish Opera's only attempt at this work.

The relentless trendiness of Simon Callow’s staging of Fledermaus worked quite well on its first run with a cast who had been in it from the beginning of rehearsals. It tired rapidly on revival the following year, but at a first viewing the modern Glaswegian “merchant city” milieu was quite fun. Everything in the Eisenstein's flat was high-spec in Bruno Santini's designs, and Kit Hesketh-Harvey's new English version was thoroughly diverting.

The conductor, as so often in this difficult music, was not a natural exponent of the Viennese waltz – all a bit too unsubtle - but the singing was without a weak link, even if a baritone Orlofsky perhaps made for too many low voices in the ensemble.

Nevertheless, the excellent soloists were able to ensure that the performance was thoroughly enjoyable. The intimacy of the Theatre Royal also allowed the expert projection of the dialogue so that the comedy was deftly timed. Most of the singers were familiar, even if operetta was a new departure for them, at least in Scotland. There were two excellent newcomers in Gillian Sullivan and Amy Burton, who fitted comfortably into what was a true company performance, with the chorus members also enjoying their cameo roles at the party.

Performance Cast

Adele the Eisensteins' maid

Amy Burton (Exc Abn, Bfd)

Alison Hagley (Abn, Bfd)

Rosalinde wife of Eisenstein

Gillian Sullivan

Alfred an Italian tenor and admirer of Rosalinde

Justin Lavender

Gabriel von Eisenstein

Robin Leggate

Blind Eisenstein's lawyer

Ian McKinven

Falke a notary and friend of Eisenstein

Russell Smythe

Frank prison governor

Oddbjørn Tennfjord

Ida Adele's sister

Katy Morrell

Ivan Orlofsky's servant

Malcolm Aitken

Orlofsky a rich young Russian prince

Omar Ebrahim

Frosch prison warder

Graham de Banzie

Performance DatesFledermaus 1988

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 Oct, 19.15 22 Oct, 14.15 22 Oct, 19.15 7 Dec, 19.15 8 Dec, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

27 Oct, 19.15 28 Oct, 19.15

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

2 Nov, 19.15 4 Nov, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

9 Nov, 19.15 10 Nov, 19.15

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford | Bradford

29 Nov, 19.15 1 Dec, 19.15 3 Dec, 19.15

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