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Zauberflöte 1988Scottish Opera

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The programme for the 1988-89 season of Scottish Opera opened with the company's first production of a work by Tippett, Midsummer Marriage. The other new productions were Fledermaus, Rheingold, Don Giovanni, Oedipus Rex, Traviata and Street Scene. The revivals were Magic Flute, Iolanthe, and Bohème, In the autumn the previous season's Richard Jones Così fan tutte, redirected by Tim Hopkins, went out on the medium-scale tour. There was also a small-scale, piano-accompanied tour of Don Carlos, so far Scottish Opera's only attempt at this work.

A final (and dramatically routine) revival of Jonathan Miller’s stimulating production, directed on this occasion by David Walsh, generally failed to recreate the excitement of the original - perhaps a lack of rehearsal time? Lynne Dawson made her only appearances with Scottish Opera. Canadian Jane Leslie Mackenzie was a regular visitor at this time, and always welcome. Nan Christie, having sung Papagena at the start of her career and Pamina in the middle, now moved upwards to the Queen of Night - rather an unusual progression, Gordon Sandison returned to the role of Papageno, which he had sung dozens of times in the very different David Pountney staging in the 1970s.

Performance Cast

Tamino a Prince

Maldwyn Davies

First Lady in attendance on the Queen

Maureen Brathwaite

Second Lady in attendance on the Queen

Clare Shearer

Third Lady in attendance on the Queen

Fiona Kimm

Papageno a bird-catcher

Gordon Sandison

Queen of Night

Nan Christie

Monostatos a servant in the Temple

Neil Jenkins

Pamina daughter of the Queen of Night

Jane Leslie MacKenzie (Exc Oct 19, 25, 29; Nov 1)

Lynne Dawson (Oct 19, 25, 29; Nov 1)

First Boy

Gillian Taylor

Second Boy

Jane Marie O'Brien

Third Boy

Sally Scott-Jupp

Speaker at the Temple

Jonathan Best

Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris

Oddbjørn Tennfjord

First Priest

Grant Richards

Second Priest

Scott Cooper

Third Priest

Graeme Danby

Papagena disguised as an old woman

Maria Bovino

First Armed Man

Declan McCusker

Second Armed Man

David Morrison

Performance DatesZauberflöte 1988

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

5 Oct, 19.15 8 Oct, 19.15 19 Oct, 19.15 6 Dec, 19.15 10 Dec, 14.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

25 Oct, 19.15 29 Oct, 19.15

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

1 Nov, 19.15 5 Nov, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

8 Nov, 19.15 12 Nov, 19.15

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford | Bradford

30 Nov, 19.15 2 Dec, 19.15

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