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War and Peace 2010Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)

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Scottish Opera's 2009/10 season contained four full main-stage productions plus one small-scall-tour. The two works the company had never touched before were the young Rossini's frothy Italian Girl in Algiers and Leoš Janáček'a Adventures of Mr Brouček. The two revivals were an ultra-traditional Elisir d'amore and an ultra-modern Bohème. There was also  a piano-accompanied tour of a second Janáček piece, Kátya Kabanová.

There were some additional elements, however, including a third programme of new short chamber pieces under the 5:15 umbrella. There was also a 'Scenes & Arias' tour by four  young singers and a pianist, the old Essential Scottish Opera format now revised as Opera Highlights. There was a new 'Interactive Opera for 3 to 6 Year Olds', entitled Auntie Janet Saves The Planet. Two well-contrasted co-productions also featured. Music Theatre Wales brought a new chamber piece by Eleanor Alberga, Letters of a Love Betrayed, while the RSAMD joined forces with the orchestra and technical staff of Scottish Opera to mount the Scottish premiere of Prokofiev's wonderful Tolstoy adaptation War and Peace.

After its 2009 success with Love for Three Oranges, the RSAMD Prokofiev project moved on to the almost unimaginably challenging world of War and Peace. That they tackled it with almost total success speaks volumes for the talent and quality of training undergone by such young artists.

These performances were billed as the premiere of the original version of Prokofiev’s massive opera, as edited by Dr Rita McAllister. The significance of this is that the composer was obliged by the Stalin regime to include, particularly in the war sections, memorably tuneful scenes of a patriotic and propagandist nature which were not in his original scenario.

Orchestral players and technical support were drawn from Scottish Opera. This was a co-production between RSAMD and the Conservatoire of Rostov-on-Don.

In the extensive cast list given below, the first fifteen roles (down to, and including, Platon Karatayev) may be said to be major parts - they either recur throughout the opera, or make a particularly important contribution to the scenes in which they appear. The other parts are of less importance individually, but all contribute to the astonishing tapestry that makes up this great work.

Performance Cast

Prince Andrei Bolkonsky

Michel de Souza

Natasha Rostova

Maria Kozlova (Jan 22, 30)

Diana Harutyunyan (Jan 23, 28)

Sonya Natasha's cousin

Beth Mackay

Count Rostov Natasha's father

Stephen Fennelly

Princess Marya Bolkonskaya Andrei's sister

Maria Brown

Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky father of Andrei and Marya

Craig Wickham

Hélène Bezukhova Pierre's wife

Lucinda Stuart-Grant

Prince Anatole Kuragin Hélène's brother

Sergei Mankovskiy

Dolokhov Anatole's friend, an army officer

James Birchall

Maria Akhrosimova

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones

Count Pierre Bezukhov

Dmitri Ivanchey (Jan 22, 30)

Bjartmar Sigurdsson (Jan 23, 28)

Lt Colonel Vassily Denisov 'Vasska' a friend of the Rostovs

Nicholas Morris

Field-Marshall Kutuzov Prince Mikhail Kutuzov

Aram Ohanian

Napoleon Bonaparte

Alexey Gusev

Platon Karatayev a prisoner of war

Jamie Munn

Old Footman at the Bolkonsky mansion

Jamie Rock

Housemaid at the Bolkonsky mansion

Laura Margaret Smith

Valet to old Prince Bolkonsky

Ott Indermitte

Mlle Bourienne a governess

Elizabeth Garton

French Abbé

Gitai Fisher

Dr Métivier

Owain Browne

Balaga a troika driver

Donald Thomson

Matryosha a gypsy

Melissa Lunn

Joseph a servant

David O'Hanlon

Dunyasha Natasha's maid

Marie Claire Breen

Gavrila butler to Maria Akhrosimova

Bryan Benner

Tikhon Shcherbaty a partisan

Vahagn Margaryan

Fyodor a partisan

Jakob Holtze

Matveyev

Andrew McTaggart

Trishka a peasant woman

Catriona Morison

Kondratyevna a peasant woman

Charlotte Emma Whittle

Vassilissa a peasant woman

Melissa Lunn

Klausewitz first Prussian General

Ott Indermitte

General Wolzogen second Prussian General

Owain Browne

Orderly to Prince Andrei

Benjamin Vale

First Russian Staff Officer

Bryan Benner

Second Russian Staff Officer

Jamie Rock

Kaizarov Kutuzov's Adjutant

Kieran Bain

Marshall Berthier

Owain Browne

General de Caulaincourt

Cailean Swainson

Monsieur de Beausset

Warren Gillespie

General Belliard

Jamie Rock

Napoleon's Aide-de-Camp

Donald Thomson

First Aide Aide-de-Camp to General Compans

Gitai Fisher

Second Aide Aide-de-Camp to Marshall Murat

Brynne McLeod

Third Aide Aide-de-Camp to Prince Eugene

Matthew Todd

Lt Jacquot a French officer

Dominic Barberi

Lt Gérard a French officer

Steven Phillips

Capt Ramballe

Stephen Fennelly

Lt Bonnet a French officer

Stephen Chambers

Shopkeeper

Elizabeth Garton

Young Worker

Jonathan Cooke

Mavra Kuzminichna

Jemma Brown

Marshall Davout

Craig Wickham

Davout's Adjutant

David O'Hanlon

First French Officer

Nicholas Cowie

Ivanov

Barry McAleer

First Madman

Gitai Fisher

Second Madman

Benjamin France

Third Madman

John Findon

Young Grenadier

Matthew Todd

Old Grenadier

Ott Indermitte

Second French Officer

Jamie Rock

Performance DatesWar and Peace 2010

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

22 Jan, 19.15 23 Jan, 19.15

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

28 Jan, 19.15 30 Jan, 19.15

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