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Barbiere di Siviglia 1980Scottish Opera

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This new production of the Barber was directed by John Lawson Graham with Alex Reid unusually responsible for sets as well as costumes. The whole effect was handsome and much more elaborate than the previous one. It owed something to the standards set in this repertoire by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Ian Robertson, from Dundee, the company's chorus master, was conducting his first production for Scottish Opera, and spent five successful years in Glasgow, before taking up a position as chorus master with the San Francisco Opera.

These first four performances were in two of the medium scale venues that the company used regularly in those days, and the production had a further dozen performances in the new year in some larger theatres. Donald Maxwell sang the title role for the first time, and Bill McCue, who had sung Basilio many times in the previous staging, now switched to Bartolo, with Keith Brookes joining the company as Basilio. Graeme Macfarlane was a sweet-voiced young Australian studying in Manchester. He went on to a lengthy career on returning home. Later on, David Hillman would join up as Almaviva. He was, like Pat Hay, a veteran of many performances in the previous staging.

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Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

James Paterson

Count Almaviva a young nobleman

Graeme Macfarlane

Figaro a barber

Donald Maxwell

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Patricia Hay

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

William McCue

Ambrogio Bartolo's servant

Norman White

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Keith Brookes

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Elaine MacKillop


Nigel Hamilton Shaw


Halcro Johnston

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1980

Map List

MacRobert Arts Centre | Stirling

4 Nov, 19.30 7 Nov, 19.30

Gardyne Theatre | Dundee

12 Dec, 19.30 13 Dec, 19.30

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