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Barbiere di Siviglia 1987Scottish Opera

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Robert David MacDonald's effective modern-dress Barber from 1985 was given a swift revival with several of the singers returning - Patrick Power, Robert Dean, Geoffrey Moses, and, most unforgettably, Ludmilla Andrew. However MacDonald had done a fair amount of rethinking, The greatest change was the switch from Italian to English - an easy decision, since the director was a practised hand at translating sometimes obscure European dramas for presentation at the Citizens' Theatre, and had prepared a fluent and witty new version for use this time. Perversely, all the company's Barber performances since have been in Italian. Richard Hickox conducted a stylish account of the score, and Eiddwen Harrhy, known in Scotland only for her extremely serious interpretations of Gluck and Handel, proved to be a natural Rosina.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Geoffrey Dolton

Count Almaviva

Patrick Power

Figaro a barber

Robert Dean

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Eiddwen Harrhy

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Terence Sharpe

Ambrogio Bartolo's servant

Tom McVeigh

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Geoffrey Moses

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Ludmilla Andrew


Ian McKinven


John Brackenridge

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1987

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

7 May, 19.15 9 May, 19.15 19 May, 19.15 22 May, 19.15 4 Jun, 19.15

Tyne Theatre | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

27 May, 19.15 29 May, 19.15

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

25 Jun, 19.15

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