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Vie Parisienne 1987Scottish Opera

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John Wells  made some adjustments to his translation, and, redirecting Graham Vick's original production, increased the fluidity of the staging on its only revival. The ten performances (in Glasgow only) made an excellent pre-Christmas entertainment.

Some of the cast gave quite brilliant performances, best of all being Andrew Shore as the Swedish visitor, complete with gloriously tortured vowels. Hugh Hetherington, Beverley Mills and David Hillman also made their characters come alive, while Kate Flowers and Alan Oke were notable returnees.

The stylishly simple black, white and silver programme cover introduced for the season was highly attractive, but the idea was not repeated.


Scottish Opera's Season 1987/88

The 1987/88 season of Scottish Opera featured ten main stage productions. Six of these were new: AïdaLuluThe Pearl FishersCosì fan tutte La bohème and Candide. The four revivals were SeraglioLa vie ParisienneEugene Onegin (sung in Russian for the first time) and Death in Venice.

Performance Cast

Bobinet nephew and heir of a Duchess

Alan Oke

Raoul Vicomte de Gardefeu, friend of Bobinet

Hugh Hetherington

Station Master

Peter Richfield

Métella a courtesan

Penelope Mackay

Gontran a Cabinet Minister

Grant Richards

Joseph an official guide, formerly Raoul's valet

John Brackenridge

Baron Gondremarck of Sweden

Andrew Shore

Baroness Christine Gondremarck's wife

Beverley Mills

Brazilian a millionaire

David Hillman

Alphonse Raoul's butler

David Morrison

Gabrielle a glove-maker

Kate Flowers

Pauline the Duchess's maid

Elaine MacKillop

Alfred head waiter at the Café Anglais

Ian McKinven

Frick a cobbler

David Hillman

Performance DatesVie Parisienne 1987

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 Dec, 19.15 12 Dec, 19.15 15 Dec, 19.15 16 Dec, 19.15 18 Dec, 19.15 19 Dec, 14.15 19 Dec, 19.15 21 Dec, 19.15 22 Dec, 19.15 23 Dec, 19.15

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