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Midsummer Marriage 1988Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's first encounter with a Tippett opera was, unsurprisingly, with his first, as a co-production with Opera North in the sporadic 20th century masters series. It was generally well sung, though the orchestra did not find the level of subtlety the work really requires. Tim Albery, directing his first new production for the company, didn't really find a solution, failing to clarify the admitted obscurities in the piece, and not in any way matching the excellent staging Ian Watt-Smith had done in Wales a few years earlier. Sadly, the work itself, not seen in Scotland before, made relatively little impression and was not repeated.

The next Tippett opera came to Scotland quite soon - a single performance of his fifth stage work New Year on its Glyndebourne tour. But Scottish Opera did not try another excursion into Tippett until a couple of decades later, with an altogether more successful Knot Garden.


Scottish Opera's Season - 1988/89

The programme for the 1988-89 season of Scottish Opera opened with Midsummer Marriage. The other new productions were FledermausRheingoldDon GiovanniOedipus RexTraviata and Street Scene. The revivals were Magic FluteIolanthe, and Bohème, In the autumn the previous season's Richard Jones Così fan tutte, redirected by Tim Hopkins, went out on the medium-scale tour. There was also a small-scale, piano-accompanied tour of Don Carlos, so far Scottish Opera's only attempt at this work.

Performance Cast

She-Ancient Priestess of the Temple

Claire Livingstone

He-Ancient Priest of the Temple

David Marsh

Mark a young man of unknown parentage

Quade Winter

Jenifer betrothed to Mark

Marie Slorach

King Fisher Jenifer's father, a businessman

Neil Howlett

Bella King Fisher's secretary

Patricia O'Neill

Jack Bella's boyfriend, a mechanic

Bonaventura Bottone

Half-Tipsy Man

Graeme Danby

Dancing Man

Ian McKinven


John Beazley


Theresa Goble

Sosostris a clairvoyante

Penelope Walker

Performance DatesMidsummer Marriage 1988

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

21 Sep, 19.15 23 Sep, 19.15 15 Oct, 19.15 20 Oct, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

26 Oct, 19.15

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

3 Nov, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

11 Nov, 19.15

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