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Barbiere di Siviglia 1975Scottish Opera

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Following the success of the medium-scale production of The Magic Flute in early 1974, a revival of Ian Watt-Smith's 1971 Barber was an obvious successor for the following year, due to the extreme simplicity of its design concept. Stirling and Ayr saw it on a brief autumn tour in October. Between January 31 and March 8 a company with major roles again double cast was toured extensively round a similar network of small theatres. Dundee, as with the Flute, had a packed out schools' matinee as well as the two evening performances. In April, during the main company spring tour, two further performances were given in York and three in Perth (casts to be confirmed). During the traditional June week in Edinburgh, this time at the King's, the cast was joined by that great Rossini specialist Patricia Kern. Ian Wallace, whose performances of Bartolo had enlivened stagings going back to the fifties, appeared with the company for the last time. This whole sequence involved a total of thirty performances.

The need for Scottish Opera to employ orchestras when the SNO and BBC Scottish were unavailable was solved for a few years by the use of a composite band which used three names depending on the forces required. The Scottish Baroque Ensemble was a small group which played for the Britten works and other small scale pieces. When it was expanded for the Mozart and Rossini sized repertoire the title Scottish Chamber Orchestra was introduced. For nineteenth century repertoire requiring a small symphony orchestra, the name Scottish Philharmonia was adopted. Eventually the first two of these groups achieved separate identities on the concert platform, under which they still thrive (though the term Baroque was eventually dropped), and Scottish Opera formed its own orchestra.

This programme cover is for the final week at the Edinburgh King's in June, when the Barber played in repertoire with David Pountney's new Fledermaus staging.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

David Scrivens

Count Almaviva

John Robertson (Jan 31; Feb 1, 3, 6, 8, 13e, 15, 24, 26; Mar 1, 4, 7, 8; Jun)

David Fieldsend (Feb 5, 10, 12, 13m, 27, 28; Mar 5, 6)

Figaro a barber

Gordon Sandison (Jan 31; Feb 1, 3, 6, 8, 13e, 15, 24, 26; Mar 1, 4, 7, 8; Jun)

Malcolm Donnelly (Feb 5, 10, 12, 13m, 27, 28; Mar 5, 6)

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Patricia Hay (Jan 31; Feb 1, 3, 6, 8, 13e, 15, 24, 26; Mar 1, 4, 7, 8)

Claire Livingstone (Feb 5, 10, 12, 13m, 27, 28; Mar 5, 6)

Patricia Kern (Jun)

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Ian Wallace (Jan 31; Feb 1, 3, 6, 8, 13e, 15, 24, 26; Mar 1, 4, 7, 8; Jun)

Lawrence Richard (Feb 5, 10, 12, 13m, 27, 28; Mar 5, 6)

Ambrogio Bartolo's servant

Tano Rea

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Stacey Almond (Jan; Feb; Mar)

Judith Pierce (Jun)

Don Basilio a singing teacher

William McCue (Jan 31; Feb 1, 3, 6, 8, 13e, 15, 24, 26; Mar 1, 4, 7, 8; Jun)

Norman White (Feb 5, 10, 12, 13m, 27, 28; Mar 5, 6)

Officer

David Scrivens

Official

Gerald Blakely

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1975

Map List

Adam Smith Theatre | Kirkcaldy

31 Jan, 19.30 1 Feb, 19.30

Tait Hall | Kelso

3 Feb, 19.30

Town Hall, Elgin | Elgin, Moray

5 Feb, 19.30 6 Feb, 19.30

Corran Hall | Oban, Argyll

8 Feb, 19.30

Arts Guild Theatre | Greenock

10 Feb, 19.30

Whitehall Theatre | Dundee

12 Feb, 19.30 13 Feb, 14.30 13 Feb, 19.30

Younger Hall | St Andrews

15 Feb, 19.30

Civic Hall, Barrow-in-Furness | Barrow-in-Furness

24 Feb, 19.30

Civic Theatre, Darlington | Darlington

26 Feb, 19.30 27 Feb, 19.30 28 Feb, 19.30 1 Mar, 19.30

Crucible Theatre | Sheffield

4 Mar, 19.30 5 Mar, 19.30 6 Mar, 19.30 7 Mar, 19.30 8 Mar, 19.30

Theatre Royal, York | York

3 Apr, 19.30 5 Apr, 19.30

Perth Theatre | Perth

10 Apr, 19.30 11 Apr, 19.30 12 Apr, 19.30

Kings Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

18 Jun, 19.15 20 Jun, 19.15 25 Jun, 19.15 27 Jun, 19.15

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