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Siegfried 2003Scottish Opera

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The 2003-04 season of Scottish Opera was dominated by its opening event. Tim Albery's production of Der Ring des Nibelungen had been assembled during the three previous Edinburgh Festivals. The 2003 Festival was the culmination of this process, with complete cycles performed. After this intensive sequence of two Edinburgh cycles, the company moved on to give two in Glasgow and a final one at the recently opened Lowry at Salford Quays.

For non-Wagnerites, the rest of the season consisted of new productions of The Magic Flute and La bohème with a revival of Aïda. There was also an intimate staging of Eugene Onegin - with piano in the autumn and a small band in the spring. The Essential Scottish Opera team made its annual tour of the Highlands and Islands. A distinct novelty was a new piece composed specifically for children - on a larger scale than the company's previous works of this kind, The Minotaur by Julian Evans toured with a small orchestra.

The excellent Siegfried staging arrived back in Edinburgh for the cycles with only one cast change from the previous autumn's run - a new American alto as Erda.

Performance Cast

Mime a Nibelung, Siegfried's fosterer

Alasdair Elliott

Siegfried son of Siegmund and Sieglinde

Graham Sanders

Wanderer Wotan in disguise

Matthew Best

Alberich a Nibelung

Peter Sidhom

Fafner disguised as a dragon

Markus Hollop


Gillian Keith

Erda mother of the Norns and Valkyries

Mary Phillips

Brünnhilde now a mortal

Elizabeth Byrne

Performance DatesSiegfried 2003

Map List

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

14 Aug, 17.00 28 Aug, 17.00

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

10 Sep, 17.00 2 Jun, 17.00

Lowry | Salford

8 Oct, 17.00

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