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Makropulos Affair 1993Scottish Opera

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After a gap of a dozen years, the super Pountney production came back for its only revival. It really should have been seen far more often than that, but the Czech repertoire had rather fallen out of favour with management.

John Mauceri certainly showed great enthusiasm for this piece and conducted a fierily dramatic account of the score. And the cast was as good as before, the only returnee being Donald Maxwell, who had graduated from Stagehand to Baron Prus. Kathryn Harries gave a magnetic performance as Emilia, and Nigel Robson, an infrequent visitor to home turf, was on good form as Albert. Richard Berkerey-Steele, soon to take on leading Wagner roles, seemed odd casting for a character role, but also did very well. The young Australian bass-baritone Stephen Bennett completed his season as a guest with the company by giving further evidence of his versatility.

This spring tour by the company was remarkable - the routine revival was the final run of the Pountney staging of Eugene Onegin. As well as this Makropulos revival, John Mauceri was also in charge of the excellent new production of Norma,

Performance DatesMakropulos Affair 1993

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 May, 19.15 22 May, 19.15 25 May, 19.15 27 May, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

10 Jun, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

17 Jun, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

24 Jun, 19.15

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