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Traviata 1992Scottish Opera

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At this period, Scottish Opera generally mounted nine main-stage operas each season, in groups of three. If funds allowed, there would be a small-scale production as well. For the 1991/92 season, the piano-accompanied tour, with 33 performances through the autumn, was of Maria Stuarda. The main stage schedule began at the Edinburgh Festival with a new production of La Clemenza di Tito. There were two more new stagings - Die Walküre and Don Giovanni. The six revivals were Madam Butterfly, Carmen, La traviata, Billy Budd, The Marriage of Figaro and Aïda.

The first revival of the Nuria Espert staging from 1989 (a co-production with Madrid). The best feature was the Violetta of Anne Williams-King, fast developing into an excellent singing actress with a creamy, effortless voice ideal for roles such as Violetta and Butterfly. Nancy Gustafson, the originator of the production, also returned for a single performance. The main drawback was the too-metronomic conducting of Takuo Yuasa, at the time Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish. It was simply too fast and inflexible. The new Alfredo, Marek Torzewski, had a beautiful voice and an attractive personality, but chose not to sing his cabaletta – an odd decision nowadays, not to be encouraged when we expect to hear the score complete. Jason Howard continued to show promise as a very young older Germont.

Performance DatesTraviata 1992

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

6 Feb, 19.15 8 Feb, 19.15 15 Feb, 14.15 20 Feb, 19.15 26 Feb, 19.15 28 Feb, 19.15

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford | Bradford

3 Mar, 19.30 5 Mar, 19.30

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

10 Mar, 19.15 12 Mar, 19.15 14 Mar, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

7 Apr, 19.15 11 Apr, 19.15

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