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Così fan tutte 1981Scottish Opera

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This was the final run of the classic 1967 Anthony Besch staging, with a cast completely new to it, including the conductor. The other novelty is that, for the first time, it was sung in Italian. The five Glasgow performances were followed by a further five in February 1982, with two in Edinburgh and three in Newcastle.

The staging still seemed as intelligent and witty as ever, and there was no weak link in the singing or acting. Ann Murray had sung Dorabella in Edinburgh with the Cologne company the previous year. Margaret Marshall went on to sing Fiordiligi under Riccardo Muti at Salzburg, and Ann Murray joined that staging the following year. The cast originally announced included the young Scottish soprano Marie McLaughlin as Despina. However she dropped out, and her appearances in her native land were astonishingly infrequent. She did eventually get round to singing Despina in Scotland, when the David McVicar production had its first run in 2009.

Performance Cast

Ferrando a young army officer

Robin Leggate

Guglielmo another officer, Ferrando's friend

Ian Caddy

Don Alfonso a middle-aged bachelor

Tom McDonnell

Fiordiligi a young lady from Ferrara, engaged to Guglielmo

Margaret Marshall

Dorabella Fiordiligi's sister, engaged to Ferrando

Ann Murray

Despina maidservant to the sisters

Beryl Korman

Performance DatesCosì fan tutte 1981

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

25 Nov, 19.15 28 Nov, 19.15 1 Dec, 19.15 3 Dec, 19.15 5 Dec, 14.15

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