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Nozze di Figaro 1968Scottish Opera

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After the glorious success of the 1967 Così fan tutte, it was inevitable that the same production team would reassemble to mount Figaro. It was almost predictable that the enterprise would seem a slight anticlimax because of the greater sense of anticipation that was inevitable. By any other yardstick this would have seemed a very good attempt, and it came into its own when it was revived in 1972.

The team of Anthony Besch and John Stoddart continued to work with Scottish Opera for several years, always with great success, but their British stagings of Mozart would in future be in London, either at the Coliseum (The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni) or at Covent Garden (La Clemenza di Tito).

Never mind, this 1968 run of eleven performances, with a further two in September, during the company's first visit to Newcastle, and then three in December, during a Christmas week in Edinburgh, had many things to treasure. Alexander Gibson had conducted lots of performances of Figaro on the Sadler's Wells tours a decade before. Catherine Gayer, an American soprano resident in Berlin, and with a reputation for performing the most difficult of twentieth century music, made her local debut as a mercurial Susanna. Patricia Hay also made her company debut, singing a composer whose music would be central to her career. Johanna Peters had already included Marcellina in her repertoire at Glyndebourne.

The spring tour, contained, in addition to the new Figaro, revivals of Boris Godunov and Madama Butterfly. However the composite programme for the tour was clearly designed to emphasise the second new production - Götterdämmerung.

Performance Cast

Figaro the Count's valet

Michael Maurel

Susanna the Countess's maid

Catherine Gayer (Apr, May, Jun)

Lee Venora (Sep 12, 13)

Joan Summers (Dec 14, 17, 20)

Bartolo a doctor, the Countess's former guardian

William McCue (Exc Sep 12, 13)

Richard Van Allan (Sep 12, 13)

Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper

Johanna Peters (15 perfs)

Janice Chapman (1 perf Dec)

Cherubino the Count's page

Josephine McQueen (May 16, 22, 30; Jun 6)

Patricia Hay (Apr 9, 11; May 4, 24; Jun 8; Sep 12, 13)

Count Almaviva

Peter van der Bilt (Exc Sep 12, 13; Dec 20)

Ronald Morrison (Sep 12, 13; Dec 20)

Don Basilio a priest and music master

Kevin Miller

Countess Almaviva

Catherine Wilson

Antonio a gardener, Susanna's uncle

John Lawson Graham

Don Curzio a lawyer

John Robertson

Barbarina daugher of Antonio

Ann Baird

First Peasant Girl

Margaret Leigh-Hamilton

Second Peasant Girl

Karen Russell

Performance DatesNozze di Figaro 1968

Map List

Perth Theatre | Perth

9 Apr, 19.00 11 Apr, 19.00

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

4 May, 19.00 16 May, 19.00 17 May, 14.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

22 May, 19.00 24 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

30 May, 19.00 31 May, 14.00 6 Jun, 19.00 8 Jun, 19.00 14 Dec, 19.00 17 Dec, 19.00 20 Dec, 19.00

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

12 Sep, 19.00 13 Sep, 19.00

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