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Iris 2019Scottish Opera

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Mascagni's Iris, launched in 1898 with an exotic but grim Japanese setting, never really recovered any kind of popularity after Puccini's more user-friendly and picturesque Madama Butterfly appeared in 1904. In recent years Iris has had a couple of runs at Opera Holland Park in London, but this represents its Scottish premiere.

Stuart Stratford has already shown his strong identification with the verismo school and this composer in particular. The cast of principals is also strong, with this season's Scarpia (Roland Wood) as Kyoto being joined as Osaka by Ric Furman, who made a strong impression as Boris in last season's Kátya Kabanová. The title role is now to be taken by Helena Dix, who appeared as The Merry Widow a few years ago. Iris is a slightly different work.


Scottish Opera's 2019/20 Season

The season opened at the Edinburgh International Festival with the European premiere of Breaking the Waves by Missy Mazzoli. The autumn performances got under way with a visit to the Lammermuir Festival on 20 September with a single performance in concert of an unusual double bill - Mascagni's Zanetto and Wolf-Ferrari's Susanna's Secret. The Glasgow season opens with a welcome revival of Tosca. There is a Sunday afternoon concert of Iris, another rare work by Mascagni. In the New Year there are new productions of Nixon in China by John Adams as well as Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream. and Sullivan's Gondoliers. Further concerts include a pairing of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana with Leoncavallo's Zingari. There are also concert performances of a late Sullivan piece, Utopia, Limited, as well as the usual Opera Highlights tour of the Highlands and Islands.

Performance Cast


Helena Dix

Il Cieco the Blind Man, Iris's father

James Creswell

Osaka a rich and dissolute young man

Ric Furman

Kyoto a brothel keeper

Roland Wood

Dhia a Geisha

Charlie Drummond

Il Cenciaiuolo leader of the scavengers

Aled Hall

First Cenciaiuolo first scavenger

Fraser Simpson

Second Cenciaiuolo second scavenger

Arthur Bruce

Performance DatesIris 2019

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City Halls, Glasgow | Glasgow

1 Dec, 15.00

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