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Pearl Fishers 1982Scottish Opera

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Steven Pimlott's excellent staging, which had begun in 1981, double cast, with a long tour of medium-scale theatres extending into 1982, later moved into the Theatre Royal with new singers, with an improved grasp of idiomatic French - all with busy continental careers. At the time a little-known work, rarely performed, in this colourful and atmospheric but extremely simple staging it proved just as popular. A lot depended on the designs and lighting creating a suitable atmosphere. The autumn cast reconvened for a handful of further performances in the spring of 1983, the last time the production was seen.

Jill Gomez returned to the company where she had much of her early success. Norman Phillips, an American baritone based in Germany, had made an impact at the Edinburgh Festival in Musgrave's Voice of Ariadne, and also appeared in Manon Lescaut. Ian Caley and Brian Bannatyne-Scott would also make their careers largely on the continent. The chorus and orchestra also made their essential contribution to the success of this production.

Cast details, from various programmes, are incomplete.

Performance Cast

Nadir a fisherman, friend of Zurga

Gordon Christie (Jan 15, 30; Mar 25, 27)

Neil Jenkins (Jan 29)

Ian Caley (Nov 3, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 23)

Otoniel Gonzaga (Nov 20, 25, 27)

Zurga leader of the fishermen

Donald Maxwell (Jan 15, 30; Mar 25, 27)

Alan Oke (Jan 29)

Norman Phillips (Nov)

Léïla a priestess of Brahma

Marie Slorach (Jan 30; Mar 25, 27; Nov 13, 20, 25)

Vida Schepens (Jan 15, 29)

Jill Gomez (Nov 3, 6, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 27)

Nourabad High Priest of Brahma

Roderick Kennedy (Jan 15, 30; Mar 25, 27)

Keith Brookes (Jan 29)

Brian Bannatyne-Scott (Nov)

Performance DatesPearl Fishers 1982

Map List

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline | Dunfermline

15 Jan, 19.30

Gardyne Theatre | Dundee

29 Jan, 19.30 30 Jan, 19.30

Grand Opera House, Belfast | Belfast, Northern Ireland

16 Feb, 19.30 18 Feb, 19.30 20 Feb, 19.30

Gaiety Theatre, Ayr | Ayr

4 Mar, 19.30 5 Mar, 14.30 5 Mar, 19.30

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

25 Mar, 19.30 27 Mar, 19.30 9 Nov, 19.15 11 Nov, 19.15 13 Nov, 19.15

New Theatre | Oxford

30 Mar, 19.30 1 Apr, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

3 Nov, 19.15 6 Nov, 19.15 23 Nov, 19.15 25 Nov, 19.15 27 Nov, 14.15

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