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Tosca 1990Scottish Opera

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Anthony Besch returned to direct a further run of his Tosca, with Gibson still in charge of the musical performance. The great new arrival in this cast was Arthur Davies, giving a wonderfully sung and youthful performance of Cavaradossi. Malcolm Donnelly had sung some performances of Scarpia in the first run a decade earlier, but his interpretation had developed so he was now a menacingly still figure. The new Tosca, Maria Abajan, from Armenia, was a nervy performer, but warmed to a strongly dramatic interpretation. Maria Moll, who had sung Tosca with Opera-Go-Round a few seasons earlier, also made a strong impression.


Scottish Opera's Season - 1990/91

The 1990/91 season of Scottish Opera featured nine operas, most notably the world premiere of a new piece by Judith Weir, The Vanishing Bridegroom and the British premiere of an unknown American work, Regina by Mark Blitzstein. The three other new productions were Les TroyensFidelio and Falstaff. There were also revivals of Bohème,  ToscaThe Cunning Little Vixen and The Barber of Seville. It was also the first season in which the company introduced supertitles, though not yet when the work was being sung in English.

Performance Cast

Cesare Angelotti former Consul, now a political prisoner

David Gwynne


William McCue

Mario Cavaradossi a painter

Arthur Davies

Floria Tosca a famous singer

Maria Abajan (Exc Sep 22)

Maria Moll (Sep 22)

Baron Scarpia Chief of Police

Malcolm Donnelly

Spoletta police agent

Grant Richards

Sciarrone police officer

David Morrison

Shepherd boy

Gillian Taylor


Graeme Danby

Performance DatesTosca 1990

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

30 Aug, 19.15 1 Sep, 19.15 20 Sep, 19.15 22 Sep, 19.15 26 Sep, 19.15 18 Oct, 14.15 19 Oct, 19.15 1 Nov, 19.15 3 Nov, 14.15 30 Nov, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

23 Oct, 19.15 25 Oct, 19.15

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

6 Nov, 19.15 8 Nov, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

13 Nov, 19.15 15 Nov, 19.15

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