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Masked Ball 1975Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera mounted what has so far been its only series of performances of this excellent work in a production by John Copley which featured a very apposite series of designs by Carl Toms and was vividly conducted by Alexander Gibson. The production was a collaboration with Netherlands Opera, which explains the allocation of toles between Dutch and Scots (Charles Craig by this time being very much a fixture in the company). Pat Hay had a notable success as Oscar, and Cristina Deutekom sang and acted extremely well as Amelia without quite convincing that her bright glittery voice was ideal for this dark Verdi role. The performance by Charles Craig was one of his best, since he was not generally known for his acting ability.

It was at this period that EMI chose to record highlights of four of Scottish Opera's productions, so this example of an opera which has not been mounted since, in a staging that was never repeated, has survived as a souvenir of the company's work at the time.

Performance Cast

Count Ribbing a conspirator (Sam)

William McCue

Count Horn a conspirator (Tom)

Pieter van den Berg (Exc May 30; Jun 5, 7)

Norman White (May 30; Jun 5, 7)

Oscar page to Gustavus

Patricia Hay

Gustavus III King of Sweden (Riccardo)

Charles Craig

Anckarström friend to the king (Renato)

Jan Derksen

Lord Chief Justice

John Robertson

Mamzell Arvidson a fortune-teller (Ulrica)

Claire Livingstone

Christian a sailor (Silvano)

Arthur Jackson

Servant to Amelia

Tano Rea

Amelia wife of Anckarström

Cristina Deutekom

Performance DatesMasked Ball 1975

Map List

Kings Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

25 Apr, 19.00 29 Apr, 19.00 1 May, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

15 May, 19.00 17 May, 19.00

Kings Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

20 May, 19.00 23 May, 19.00 30 May, 19.00

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

5 Jun, 19.00 7 Jun, 19.00

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