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Così fan tutte 1969Scottish Opera

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This was the first revival of the 1967 staging, brought back to reinforce the success of this stylish and unusually serious view of the work. Apart from Elizabeth Harwood and Janet Baker, both in sparkling form as the two sisters, the only other singer returning was Peter van der Bilt. John Shirley-Quirk was making his first appearance with the company since 1962, but from now on returned regularly in a range of parts that he did not perform elsewhere.

Two singers made their only appearances with the company. The Canadian soprano Carrol Anne Curry was highly regarded. The Danish tenor Kurt Westi did not by this time command the flexibility required for much of Ferrando's music - his voice was developing in a more dramatic way, and he later sang much heavier roles, including Wagner. Neither returned to the company.

Janet Baker was also singing Dido in The Trojans during this season. The ambitious scale of that project meant that the other components of the spring tour, apart from Così, were limited to the recent staging of The Gondoliers, with a few performances of Albert Herring and Full Circle. Scottish Ballet, with a prominent role in The Trojans, also provided a double bill of Breakaway (Gillian Lynne) and the Bournonville classic La Ventana.

Performance Cast

Ferrando a young army officer

Kurt Westi

Guglielmo another officer, Ferrando's friend

Peter van der Bilt

Don Alfonso a middle-aged bachelor

John Shirley-Quirk (Exc May 20)

Ronald Morrison (May 20)

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

Carrol Anne Curry

Performance DatesCosì fan tutte 1969

Map List

Perth Theatre | Perth

5 Apr, 19.00 8 Apr, 19.00 10 Apr, 19.00 12 Apr, 19.00

Kings Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

7 May, 19.00 9 May, 19.00 13 May, 19.00

Kings Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

20 May, 19.00 22 May, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

3 Jun, 19.00 7 Jun, 19.00

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