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Boris Godunov 1968Scottish Opera

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Michael Geliot's 1965 production was revived. David Lloyd-Jones, having prepared the musical edition of this superb opera, and also the new  English translation used convincingly by the singers, now conducted the opera as well. Sadly, he never returned to the company, even if perhaps these performances revealed his lack of experience at this stage.

David Ward, originally expected to return to the title role, had been offered the  opportunity to sing Wotan at La Scala, the kind of prestigious opportunity which had to take priority for him, even over a date with his beloved Scottish Opera. His replacements, Joseph Rouleau and Don Garrard, both fitted in well, if without the deep emotionality that Ward brought to one of his best parts. Bill McCue, who had taken a small role in 1965, now sang Pimen, showing again how good he was as a deeply serious character. Victor Godfrey, based in Germany, would also become a regular with the company in several major Wagnerian roles.

The spring season included revivals of Boris Godunov and Madama Butterfly, as well as the company's first Marriage of Figaro. However the striking cover for the season's programme was clearly designed to focus attention on the other new production - Götterdämmerung.

As in the Wagner production, a keen observer, learning everything he could from the opportunity, was the young bass John Tomlinson, a member of the extra chorus, though still a student in Manchester.

Performance Cast

Nikitich a police officer

Ronald Morrison

Andrei Shchelkalov a Boyar, secretary to the Duma

William Elvin

Mitiukha a peasant

John Shiels

Shuisky Prince Vasily Ivanovich Shuisky

Dennis Brandt

Boris Godunov Tsar of Russia

Joseph Rouleau (5 perfs)

Don Garrard (1 perf)

Pimen a monk and chronicler

Don Garrard (5 perfs)

William McCue (1 perf)

Grigory Otrepiev a novice monk

William McAlpine

Hostess at the inn

Gita Denise

Missail an itinerant monk

Francis Egerton

Varlaam an itinerant monk

Victor Godfrey

Xenia Tsarevna daughter of Boris

Ann Baird

Fyodor Tsarevitch son of Boris

Josephine McQueen

Nurse to Xenia

Johanna Peters

Boyar in attendance

John Robertson


Duncan Robertson (5 perfs)

Athole Still (1 perf)

Lavitsky a Jesuit

John Robertson

Chernikovsky a Jesuit

John Lawson Graham

Krushchov a Boyar

Norman White

Performance DatesBoris Godunov 1968

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

3 May, 19.00 10 May, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

25 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

28 May, 19.00 1 Jun, 19.00 5 Jun, 19.00

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