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Capuleti e i Montecchi 1967Edinburgh Festival Opera

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For the 1967 Edinburgh Festival, the chosen musical theme was Igor Stravinsky. A wide-ranging programme of events was produced, with the composer in attentance. Participants included the Cleveland Orchestra under their conductor, the legendary George Szell, who had been chief conductor of the Scottish Orchestra back in the thirties. The operatic programme featured the Festival debut of Scottish Opera with The Rake's Progress, and they also put on The Soldier's Tale.

Peter Diamand also continued the link with his previous employers, the Holland Festival, for a third year, by mounting co-productions of two rarities by Bellini (Capuleti) and Haydn (Anima del filosofo, under the title Orfeo ed Euridice). The Haydn cast included rare returns by Joan Sutherland and Nicolai Gedda. In Edinburgh, the Bellini work featured a starry cast backed by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish Opera Chorus.

The programme does not credit the set or costume designers, whose work in Holland was presumably adapted for the stage of the King’s Theatre. It does observe that Miss Moffo’s new costumes were designed by Tim Goodchild. Anna Moffo only sang the role in Edinburgh – Margherita Rinaldi sang Juliet in Holland, and Renata Scotto followed at La Scala.

Luciano Pavarotti never sang opera again in Scotland, and his only subsequent appearance at the Festival was for two performances of the Verdi Requiem conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini in 1974.

1967 was the year in which the Festival experimented with its own programme format. The normal programme, with casts, remained in the generic King's Theatre presentation. The synopsis was issued in a new long and slim format. From 1968 that new style included all the programme information.

Performance Cast

Giulietta Capellio's daughter

Anna Moffo

Romeo leader of the Montecchi

Giacomo Aragall

Lorenzo a kinsman of Romeo

Walter Monachesi

Tebaldo a kinsman of Capellio

Luciano Pavarotti

Capellio leader of the Capuleti, Giulietta's father

Giovanni Foiani

Performance DatesCapuleti e i Montecchi 1967

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

30 Aug, 19.30 2 Sep, 19.30 5 Sep, 19.30 7 Sep, 19.30

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