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Rheingold 1967Scottish Opera

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The spring 1967 season of Scottish Opera opened with the excellent new production of Così fan tutte, which was joined by the company's first stagings of Das Rheingold and La bohème. There were revivals of Otello and Albert Herring.

Following the previous year's successful Walküre, Scottish Opera moved on to the second instalment of its Ring by moving back to the generally less popular prologue evening. The staging by Peter Ebert, in Michael Knight's designs, was beginning to take shape, and the need to change scene quickly was much aided by Charles Bristow's lighting, which provided great contrast between the gloom under water or under ground and the bright, airy mountain tops. The timber rostra could be combined or turned to make a varied succession of shapes and levels. Gibson and the SNO were also much improved compared with the Walküre run.

Most of the singers were familiar from earlier seasons and Sadler's Wells visits. Richard Holm, an American with a prominent career in Germany, would not be seen here again. Victor Godfrey had spent the early part of his career based at Covent Garden, but was also now working in Germany. He re-appeared in Scotland from time to time. Josephte Clément, another Canadian, would spend several seasons with the company.

The opening night was attended by the West German ambassador.

Performance Cast

Woglinde a Rhinemaiden

Dorothy Robertson

Wellgunde a Rhinemaiden

Josephine McQueen

Flosshilde a Rhinemaiden

Josephte Clément

Alberich a Nibelung

Gwyn Griffiths

Wotan leader of the gods

Forbes Robinson (May 6, 12)

David Ward (May 23; Jun 2, 7)

Fricka wife of Wotan and goddess of marriage

Anna Reynolds

Freia sister of Fricka and goddess of love and spring

Elizabeth Fretwell

Fasolt a giant

Victor Godfrey (Exc Jun 7)

William McCue (Jun 7)

Fafner a giant

Richard Angas

Froh god of joy and youth

Ramon Remedios

Donner god of thunder

Ronald Morrison

Loge god of fire and cunning

Joseph Ward (May 6, 12)

Richard Holm (May 23; Jun 2, 7)

Mime A Nibelung, Alberich's brother

Francis Egerton

Erda goddess of earth and wisdom

Patricia Purcell

Performance DatesRheingold 1967

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

17 Apr, 19.00 9 May, 19.00 12 May, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

23 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

2 Jun, 19.00 7 Jun, 19.00

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