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Bohème 1967Scottish Opera

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It is not clear why Scottish Opera should have mounted two separate stagings of Butterfly (1962 and 1965) before doing another Puccini opera. Several had featured regularly in the touring repertoire of Sadler's Wells, without ever being seen at the Edinburgh Festival. This Bohème production was a great success, albeit in a highly traditional form. For the second act café scene the Scottish Opera Chorus rehearsed singing its music on the hoof so that as they walked about the stage the visual picture seemed even livelier than usual, with all the voice types mingling. Peter Ebert's staging was revived frequently until 1984. Roderick Brydon always had a natural way with Puccini.

George Shirley joined the company for the first time, and became a regular visitor for many years. The Hamburg-based Lebanese soprano Luisa Bosabalian was becoming a regular, and very welcome, guest soprano. Joan Carlyle, a member of the Covent Garden company, was, sadly, a less frequent guest, and this season her main role was in Otello.

 

The 1967 season: a summary

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 also revivals of Otello and Albert Herring.

The 1967 season of mainstage performances involved Perth, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh. For the first time the company was invited to appear at the Edinburgh Festival, with a major contribution to the Stravinsky theme.

The productions were: Cosi fan tutte (9 performances), Albert Herring (4), Das Rheingold (5), La bohème (7), Otello (5), Rake’s Progress (4) and Soldier’s Tale (6).

 

The complete schedule for the season was:

Perth Theatre: Wed 12 Apr Cosi fan tutte; Fri 14 Albert Herring; Sat 15 Così fan tutte.

Glasgow, King’s Theatre: Sat 6 May Rheingold; Wed 10 Così fan tutte; Thu 11 La bohème;Fri 12 Rheingold; Sat 13 La bohème; Tue 16 Così fan tutte; Wed 17 Otello; Thu 18 m Così fan tutte; Thu 18 La bohème; Fri 19 Albert Herring; Sat 20 Otello.

Aberdeen, His Majesty’s Theatre: Tue 23 May Rheingold; Wed 24 Albert Herring; Thu 25 Così fan tutte; Fri 26 Otello; Sat 27 La bohème.

Edinburgh, King’s Theatre: Tue 30 May Otello; Wed 31 Così fan tutte; Thu 1 Jun La bohème; Fri 2 Das Rheingold; Sat 3 Otello; Tue 6 Albert Herring; Wed 7 Das Rheingold; Thu 8 m Così fan tutte;Thu 8 e La bohème; Fri 9 Così fan tutte; Sat 10 La bohème.

Edinburgh Festival - King's Theatre: 22, 26, 31 Aug; 8 Sep Rake’s Progress.

Edinburgh Festival - Assembly Hall: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Sep Soldier’s Tale.

As Scottish Opera gathered strength, by its fifth year the season had therefore grown to an impressive forty performances within Scotland; three Perth; five Aberdeen; eleven Edinburgh (plus ten at the Edinburgh Festival); and eleven Glasgow.

Performance Cast

Rodolfo a poet

George Shirley

Marcello a painter

Robert Savoie

Colline a philosopher

Inia Te Wiata

Schaunard a musician

Ronald Morrison

Benoit the students' landlord

Malcolm King

Mimì a seamstress

Luisa Bosabalian (Exc Jun 10)

Joan Carlyle (Jun 10)

Musetta a grisette

Barbara Rendell (Exc May 18)

Maria Pellegrini (May 18)

Alcindoro a wealthy follower of Musetta

John Lawson Graham

Parpignol a toy vendor

John Robertson

James McJannet

Custom-house Sergeant

John Lawson Graham

Official

Ramon Remedios

Performance DatesBohème 1967

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 May, 19.00 13 May, 19.00 18 May, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

27 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

1 Jun, 19.00 8 Jun, 19.00 10 Jun, 19.00

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