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Così fan tutte 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.

This now legendary staging gave a great boost to Scottish Opera's reputation at a time when its growing prestige was based on performances of large scale works such as Otello and Die Walküre. It started out in the intimacy of the small Perth theatre, and the sense of three-dimensional humans was there from the start and magically returned in a series of revivals over many years.

The opening scene set the tone - the men were not in the usual café, but in a Turkish bath, sweating off the alcoholic excesses of the night before. Everything was black, white or grey. The fluffy robes and turbans supplied the idea for the disguises later on. As the first act progressed, colour began to creep in by means of flowers and minute splashes of tinting on the girls' gowns, until the second act began with a riot of rich shades. For the serenade, the garden seemed almost like a jungle. In the wedding scene, as reality was reimposed, the colour faded away, leaving the wiser figures in monochrome surroundings as at the start. Janet Baker and Elizabeth Harwood gave vivid performances as the sisters, Ryland Davies had a first run at a role he would later sing all over the world, and the other singers also gave lively performances.

One thing which seems remarkable today is that extra Thursday matinee performances were given for Glasgow and Edinburgh schoolchildren. Do any of those kids still remember such a fabulous occasion? This was the fourth year of that great enterprise, subsidised by the local authorities.

Performance Cast

Ferrando a young army officer

Ryland Davies

Guglielmo another officer, Ferrando's friend

Peter van der Bilt (Exc May 25)

John Kitchiner (May 25)

Don Alfonso a middle-aged bachelor

Inia Te Wiata

Fiordiligi a young lady from Ferrara, engaged to Guglielmo

Elizabeth Harwood

Dorabella Fiordiligi's sister, engaged to Ferrando

Janet Baker

Despina maidservant to the sisters

Jenifer Eddy

Performance DatesCosì fan tutte 1967

Map List

Perth Theatre | Perth

12 Apr, 19.00 15 Apr, 19.00

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

10 May, 19.00 16 May, 19.00 18 May, 14.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

25 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

31 May, 19.00 8 Jun, 14.00 9 Jun, 19.00

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