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Scottish Opera's 1969 Spring Season

The first production of Full Circle had only had three performances late at night in Perth. This new staging opened with a couple of outings during the 1968 Christmas season in Edinburgh (teamed with The Soldier's Tale).

It was revived for seven performances in the spring season (this being a joint season with Scottish Theatre Ballet, who had an important role in The Trojans).  In the spring it was now teamed with two ballets, firstly a new work, Breakaway, choreographed by Gillian Lynne to a commissioned score by Barry Booth.  The finale was La Ventana, a one-act Danish classic from 1856 by Bournonville, to music by Lumbye.  In future years Scottish Ballet would produce plenty of new work, but, under Peter Darrell's leadership, would also make a speciality of Bournonville's delightful  Danish inventions,  including NapoliFlower Festival at Genzano and La Sylphide.

Three of the performances of this triple bill were matinees.


Scottish Opera on the Festival Fringe

In 1968 Scottish Opera's debut on the Fringe was a brief comedy by Monteverdi, Il ballo delle ingrate.

A final batch of ten performances of Full Circle appeared at the Festival Fringe in a late-night double bill with a second work sponsored and televised by STV, a ribald comedy by John Purser, The Undertaker, which was deliberately commissioned as a companion-piece. The performances took place at the STV studios - the Gateway Theatre on Leith Walk.

Many of the roles had been recast since the premiere, but William Elvin and Sheila McGrow remained central to its success.


Scottish Opera's Eighth Season - 1969

The spring season contained one new production, The Trojans, with further performances of the recent Gondoliers and Full Circle, with revivals of Così fan tutte and Albert Herring.  The latter was taken on a three-stop German tour following up its visit to Florence in 1968.  A further new work was introduced at the Festival (on the Fringe) and the company's first full-scale Rossini at Christmas.

Western Theatre Ballet, had relocated to Glasgow as Scottish Theatre Ballet and so were available to collaborate on The Trojans and provide two  short works to partner Full Circle.

The seven operas performed during the year were:  Mozart (Così fan tutte);  Rossini (Cinderella);  Berlioz (The Trojans);  Sullivan (The Gondoliers); Britten (Albert Herring);  Orr (Full Circle);  and Purser (The Undertaker). 

The schedule was as follows:

Perth, w/c 31 March: Mon 31 np;  Tue 1 Apr np; Wed 2 np;  Thu 3 np;  Fri 4 np;  Sat 5 Così fan tutte.

Perth, w/c 7 April:  Mon 7 Così fan tutte; Tue 8 np; Wed 9 mat Full Circle & Ballet;  Wed 9 e Full Circle & Ballet;  Thu 10 Così fan tutte ;  Fri 11 Albert Herring;  Sat 12 Così fan tutte.

Glasgow, w/c 29 Apr:  Mon 28 np; Tue 29 np;  Wed 30 np;  Thu 1 May np;  Fri 2 np;  Sat 3 Trojans.

Glasgow, w/c 5 May:  Mon 5 Full Circle & Ballet;  Tue 6 np;  Wed 7 Così fan tutte; Thu 8 m Full Circle & Ballet;  Thu 8 e Full Circle & Ballet;  Fri 9 Così fan tutte;  Sat 10 Trojans.

Glasgow: w/c 12 May:  Mon 12 np;  Tue 13 Così fan tutte;  Wed 14 Trojans;  Thu 15 m Gondoliers;  Thu 15 e Gondoliers;  Fri 16 Albert Herring;  Sat 17 m Gondoliers;  Sat 17 e Gondoliers.

Edinburgh w/c 19 May:  Mon 19 Trojans;  Tue 20 Così fan tutte;  Wed 21 m Full Circle & Ballet;  Wed 21 e Full Circle & Ballet;  Thu 22 m Gondoliers;  Thu 22 e Gondoliers;  Fri 23 Così fan tutte;  Sat 24 Trojans.

Week comm 26/05:  Hanover Mon 26 Albert Herring;  Wed 28 Dortmund Albert Herring;  Fri 30 Augsburg Albert Herring.

Aberdeen, w/c 2 June:  Mon 2 np;  Tue 3 Così fan tutte;  Wed 4 Gondoliers;  Thu 5 Albert Herring;  Fri 6 Gondoliers;  Sat 7 Così fan tutte.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe saw 10 performances, late-night at the Gateway Theatre in Leith Walk, of a double bill of short works.  The serious and well-regarded Full Circle was now paired with a new piece by John Purser - The Undertaker, a black comedy.

Edinburgh, w/c 1 Sep:  Mon 1;  Tue 2;  Wed 3;  Thu 4;  Fri 5;  Sat 6.

Edinburgh, w/c 8 Sep:  Mon 8;  Tue 9;  Wed 10;  Thu 11,

The company followed the previous year's precedent by mounting a pre-Christmas season at the Edinburgh King's.  There was a new production of Rossini's Cenerentola.  Also, as Edinburgh had not seen it in the spring, there were two further performances of Albert Herring, as well as more ballet, this time allowed complete evenings.

Edinburgh, w/c 1 December:  Mon 1 np; Tue 2 np; Wed 3 np; Thu 4 np; Fri 5 Cinderella;  Sat 6 Albert Herring.

Edinburgh, w/c 8 December:  Mon 8 Cinderella; Tue 9 np;  Wed 10 Cinderella;  Thu 11 np;  Fri 12 Cinderella;  Sat 13 Albert Herring.

The small-scale, piano-accompanied Opera For All tour continued.  Early in the year, two long-running productions, Madam Butterfly and Don Giovanni, were joined by Don Pasquale, replacing The Barber of Seville.  In the Autumn they were in turn retired, and Don Pasquale was joined by two new productions, Martha and La traviata.

Performance DatesFull Circle 1969

Map List

Perth Theatre | Perth

9 Apr, 14.00 9 Apr, 19.00

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

5 May, 19.00 8 May, 14.00 8 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

21 May, 14.00 21 May, 19.00

Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

1 Sep, 22.15 2 Sep, 22.15 3 Sep, 22.15 4 Sep, 22.15 5 Sep, 22.15 6 Sep, 22.15 8 Sep, 22.15 9 Sep, 22.15 10 Sep, 22.15 11 Sep, 22.15

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