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Tales of Hoffmann 1986Scottish Opera

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For over a decade from 1974 Scottish Opera toured medium scale productions to smaller theatres. These were usually works by Mozart or Rossini, but Hoffmann was an exception. The version used on this eleven performance tour was adapted by Graham Vick in 1984 for English Touring Opera, with a reduced orchestration, for a band of 19 players, prepared by Simon Halsey. It worked well, even on the night when Patricia O'Neill was sick and the four female roles were taken by the soprano who had worked on that ETO staging two years before.

The question still needs to be asked - given that certain forces were available, could not one or two small pieces by Offenbach have been put on in something approximating to their original scale, instead of tinkering with a larger piece?

 

Scottish Opera's Season 1985/86

Scottish Opera's 1985/86 season consisted of ten operas. The company's new productions ranged through Mozart (The Marriage of Figaro), Weber (Oberon), Verdi (Il trovatore), Offenbach (La Vie parisienne) and Weill (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny). The previous season's Orlando had further performances outside Glasgow, while the revivals were The Magic FluteWertherTosca and The Turn of the Screw.  For Christmas there was a revival of Fiddler on the Roof.  In the spring there was a medium-scale tour of Tales of Hoffmann. The small-scall Opera-Go-Round tour in the autumn took the form of a new (and very different) staging of Tosca.

Performance Cast

Stella an opera singer

Patricia O'Neill (Exc Mar 22)

Margaret Perry (Mar 22)

Nicklausse Hoffmann's friend

Maria Jagusz

Lindorf a councillor of Nuremberg

Nicholas Folwell

Nathaniel a student

David Bartleet

Hermann a student

John Rath

Hoffmann a poet

Peter Jeffes

Olympia a doll

Patricia O'Neill (Exc Mar 22)

Margaret Perry (Mar 22)

Spalanzani an Italian inventor

John Rath

Cochenille Spalanzani's servant

David Bartleet

Coppélius a scientist, Spalanzani's rival

Nicholas Folwell

Antonia Crespel's daughter

Patricia O'Neill (Exc Mar 22)

Margaret Perry (Mar 22)

Crespel a councillor of Munich

John Rath

Franz Crespel's servant

David Bartleet

Dr Miracle a doctor

Nicholas Folwell

Antonia's mother a spirit voice

Maria Jagusz

Giulietta a courtesan

Patricia O'Neill (Exc Mar 22)

Margaret Perry (Mar 22)

Schlemil Giulietta's lover

John Rath

Pitichinaccio Giulietta's admirer

David Bartleet

Dapertutto a sorcerer

Nicholas Folwell

Performance DatesTales of Hoffmann 1986

Map List

Gardyne Theatre | Dundee

20 Mar, 19.30 22 Mar, 19.30 24 Mar, 19.30

Loreburn Hall | Dumfries

26 Mar, 19.30

Town Hall, Elgin | Elgin, Moray

1 Apr, 19.30 3 Apr, 19.30

Gaiety Theatre, Ayr | Ayr

5 Apr, 19.30

MacRobert Arts Centre | Stirling

10 Apr, 19.30 12 Apr, 19.30

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline | Dunfermline

15 Apr, 19.30 17 Apr, 19.30

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