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Faust 1966Scottish Opera

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This was the only revival of Anthony Besch’s interesting staging and it repeated the success of that first 1964 outing. The company has not touched the work since.

Indeed, while Faust has gradually regained its old position of favour in most of the world's major opera houses - directors have found several interesting concepts, it still remains ignored by professionals in Scotland. The Edinburgh Festival did at least bring in a staging from Bratislava in the nineties that was thoroughly enjoyable.

The spring 1966 season was dominated by the new productions of Die Walküre and Falstaff, both directed by Peter Ebert.  In addition to the revival of Faust, Anthony Besch also staged the third new production - Britten's Albert Herring.

This cast was generally excellent, with a company debut by American Phyllis Curtin and further appearances by two Commonwealth baritones, Donald McIntyre (New Zealand) and Robert Savoie (Canada). The equally good Scottish contingent was led by the internationally successful William McAlpine and young Roderick Brydon, who was always a naturally stylish conductor of French music.

Performance Cast

Faust a learned doctor

William McAlpine

Méphistophélès the devil

Donald McIntyre

Valentin Marguerite's brother

Robert Savoie

Wagner a student of Dr Faust

Ronald Morrison


Phyllis Curtin (Exc Jun 11)

Luisa Bosabalian (Jun 11)

Siébel a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite

Josephine McQueen

Marthe a neighbour

Johanna Peters

Performance DatesFaust 1966

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 May, 19.00 21 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

28 May, 19.00 3 Jun, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

11 Jun, 19.00

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