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Kátya Kabanová 2009Scottish Opera-Go-Round

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Scottish Opera had twice before staged Janáček operas with piano accompaniment for the annual small-scale tour. After the success of Jenůfa (1986) and The Makropulos Case it was only a matter of time before the company tried Kátya.

It worked very effectiveley in this form too, with Kally Lloyd-Jones's staging building tension well. The cast included twp sopranos as Kátya. Nadine Livingstone was a familiar name. Dundee-born Joanne Boag was new, having spent a couple of seasons with Welsh National. She was a communicative actor. Michael Bracegirdle - previously seen in Perth with ETO as Vanya, here sang the longer role of Boris very effectively in his Scottish Opera debut.


2009/10 season of Scottish Opera

The season contained four full main-stage productions plus one small-scall-tour. The two works the company had never touched before were the young Rossini's frothy Italian Girl in Algiers and Leoš Janáček'a Adventures of Mr Brouček. The two revivals were an ultra-traditional Elisir d'amore and an ultra-modern Bohème. There was also  a piano-accompanied tour of a second Janáček piece, Kátya Kabanová.

There were some additional elements, however, including a third programme of new short chamber pieces under the 5:15 umbrella. There was also a 'Scenes & Arias' tour by four  young singers and a pianist, the old Essential Scottish Opera format now revised as Opera Highlights. There was a new 'Interactive Opera for 3 to 6 Year Olds', entitled Auntie Janet Saves The Planet. Two well-contrasted co-productions also featured. Music Theatre Wales brought a new chamber piece by Eleanor Alberga, Letters of a Love Betrayed, while the RSAMD joined forces with the orchestra and technical staff of Scottish Opera to mount the Scottish premiere of Prokofiev's wonderful Tolstoy adaptation War and Peace.

Scottish Opera had twice before staged Janáček operas with piano accompaniment for the annual small-scale tour. After the success of Jenůfa (1986) and The Makropulos Case it was only a matter of time before the company tried Kátya. It worked very effectiveley in this form too.

Performance Cast

Váňa Kudrjaš a school teacher

Ben Thapa

Glaša an old servant

Raphaela Mangan

Savel Prokofievich Dikoj a merchant

Paul Reeves

Boris Grigorievich Dikoj's nephew

Michael Bracegirdle

Marfa Ignatyevna Kabanová a merchant's widow, called Kabanicha

Emma Carrington

Tikhon Ivanovich Kabanov Kabanicha's son

Simon Crosby Buttle

Káterina Kabanová known as Katya, Tikhon's wife

Nadine Livingston

Joanne Boag

Varvara foster-child in the Kabanov household

Caryl Hughes

Kuligin a friend of Vána

Anders Östberg

Performance DatesKátya Kabanová 2009

Map List

Eastwood Park Theatre | Giffnock, Glasgow

10 Sep, 18.00 12 Sep, 19.30

Craigmonie Centre | Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire

15 Sep, 19.30

Victoria Hall, Cromarty | Cromarty

17 Sep, 19.30

An Lanntair | Stornoway, Lewis

19 Sep, 19.30

Town Hall, Elgin | Elgin, Moray

22 Sep, 19.30

Deeside Theatre | Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

24 Sep, 19.30

Garrison Theatre, Lerwick | Lerwick, Shetland

26 Sep, 19.30

Orkney Arts Centre | Kirkwall, Orkney

29 Sep, 19.30

Wick High School | Wick, Caithness

1 Oct, 19.30

Sunart Centre | Strontian

3 Oct, 19.30

Whitehall Theatre | Dundee

6 Oct, 19.30

Nevis Centre | Fort William

8 Oct, 19.30

Linlithgow Academy Theatre | Linlithgow

10 Oct, 19.30

Rothes Halls | Glenrothes

13 Oct, 19.30

Magnum Theatre | Irvine

15 Oct, 19.30

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh | Helensburgh

17 Oct, 19.30

Buccleuch Centre | Langholm

20 Oct, 19.30

Volunteer Hall, Galashiels | Galashiels

22 Oct, 19.30

Platform, The Bridge | Easterhouse

24 Oct, 19.30

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