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Edgar 2018Scottish Opera

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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).

Edgar has always received a bad press, and there has never been any sign that it would join the regular operatic repertoire. Puccini's first opera, Le villi, which Scottish Opera performed in concert two years ago, was found to contain some superb sequences, though it was not well structured, and a short piece, as much ballet as opera. On that basis, it was still well worth hearing, and very well performed.

It will be interesting to hear its successor. With a text by the same writer, Ferdinando Fontana, but this time making a full-length work. Puccini took three attempts to get it right, with his revisions finally ending after he had completed Manon Lescaut, La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly. Did he then give it up as a bad job, or was he at last satisfied with it? Certainly he never used a text by Fontana again, and tried a succession of different writers on Manon Lescaut before finishing the job himself. Giacosa and Illica became fixtures for the next three works.

This will be a fascinating afternoon, for which the company has assembled an excellent quartet of lead singers.

Performance Cast

Edgar a young knight

Peter Auty

Fidelia an innocent village girl

Claire Rutter

Tigrana a gypsy, Edgar's lover

Justina Gringyte

Frank Fidelia's brother, in love with Tigrana

David Stout


Richard Wiegold

Performance DatesEdgar 2018

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

28 Oct, 15.00

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