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Rigoletto 2018Scottish Opera

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(In prep)

Scottish Opera's 2018/19 season starts off with the company's first full-scale staging of one of the most popular works of the verismo school in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. This will be seen in Paisley in July - an impressively large-scale production with many local performers, all in a temporarily-erected tent. The new stagings include a world premiere, Anthropocene, an eagerly awaited further collaboration between Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh. There is also a new Kátya Kabanová. Returning to the composition period of Pagliacci, the continuing Sunday afternoon concert series includes Scottish premieres for Puccini's second opera, Edgar, and Mascagni's fifth, Silvano. There are also major revivals, and long tours, for Matthew Richardson's staging of Rigoletto from 2011 and Sir Thomas Allen's of The Magic Flute (2012).

Matthew Richardson's staging relied on an extremely simple concept. Sets are minimalist - simple walls crossing the stage, with doors allowing us a hint of what was happening outside. The lighting was excellently moody. The performance style introduced unusual elements of music hall, not just for Rigoletto himself, but also for the gentlemen of the chorus - formal evening wear, bowler hats, white gloves - a hint of Busby Berkeley in the choreography. The Duke was characterised partly as a young military figure, but also unusually sympathetic.

The cast assembled for this revival is interesting and largely unfamiliar. Conductor Rumon Gamba is not known for opera in this country, his reputation lying more with recordings, especially of classic film music. His symphonic experience is extensive however, at least abroad. The singers of the leading parts - Rigoletto himself, the Duke, Gilda and Sparafucile - are all making their first appearances, and it will be interesting to see how the staging adjusts round them.

Performance DatesRigoletto 2018

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 Oct, 19.15 21 Oct, 15.00 24 Oct, 19.15 27 Oct, 19.15

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His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

1 Nov, 19.15 3 Nov, 19.15

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Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

9 Nov, 19.15 11 Nov, 15.00 15 Nov, 19.15 17 Nov, 19.15

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Eden Court Theatre | Inverness

20 Nov, 19.15 22 Nov, 19.15 24 Nov, 19.15

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