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Bohème 1997Scottish Opera

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For Scottish Opera, the great importance of the 1996-97 season is that it saw the premiere of Inés de Castro, the first full-length opera by James MacMillan. It had been over a decade since the company had last launched a new work - Harper's Hedda Gabler in 1985. The success of the opening at the Edinburgh Festival was deserved, and it was as well received during the main autumn season. That contained six other full-scale productions: Idomeneo, Trovatore, Bohème, Fledermaus, Samson and Delilah and Cunning Little Vixen. The Opera-Go-Round small-scale tour was an enjoyable staging of Così fan tutte. There was also a bonus in December, with an enjoyable series of concerts around the country under the title The Scottish Opera Collection.

This extensive tour of seventeen performances was among the most consistently satisfying revivals of the excellent and atmospheric Moshinsky production. Stephen Clarke was a talented conductor, at the time head of Scottish Opera's music staff, and able to produce quiet and sweet-toned playing when required, unlike his recent predecessors with this work. Most of the young British cast were talented singing actors, notably Ian Storey and Roderick Williams. They had both toured the country in an Opera-Go-Round staging in the autumn of 1995, but were now clearly embarked on careers of major importance.

Performance Cast

Marcello a painter

David Barrell

Rodolfo a poet

Ian Storey (Exc Jan 28; Feb 19)

David Newman (Jan 28; Feb 19)

Colline a philosopher

Jonathan Best

Schaunard a musician

Roderick Williams

Benoit the students' landlord

Jonathan Hawkins

Mimì a seamstress

Elizabeth Collier

Parpignol a toy vendor

Alexander Anderson-Hall

Musetta a grisette

Ann Archibald

Alcindoro a wealthy follower of Musetta

David Morrison

Custom-house Sergeant

Philip Casperd


David Morrison

Performance DatesBohème 1997

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

15 Jan, 19.15 18 Jan, 19.15 28 Jan, 19.15 1 Feb, 19.15 13 Feb, 19.15 19 Feb, 19.15 26 Mar, 19.15

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

21 Jan, 19.15 23 Jan, 19.15 25 Jan, 19.15 12 Mar, 19.15 14 Mar, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

26 Feb, 19.15 28 Feb, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

5 Mar, 19.15 7 Mar, 19.15

Eden Court Theatre | Inverness

19 Mar, 19.15

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