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New Year 1990Glyndebourne Touring Opera

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The second visit to Scotland by Glyndebourne Touring Opera (the previous one being in 1971) came to Glasgow, instead of Edinburgh. The two subsequent visits have been to the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

The staging, originally by Peter Hall, but now directed by Robin Tebbutt, was dazzling, and the performance faultless. Musically, the opera contained a great deal to fascinate and inspire. The text, as wiith much of Tippett's writing, divided opinion. Was it pretentious gibberish, or a beady-eyed comment on the difficult times we live in? Naive, perhaps, but there was certainly enough of quality to make the piece worth a second look. But will we get that chance?


Glyndebourne Tour - 1990

This tour saw a single performance of Peter Hall's naturalistic Fidelio staging, and two performances of the radical rethink of Die Zauberflöte by Peter Sellars. It also brought New Year, the new Tippett work, twelve months after its Houston premiere.

Performance Cast


Vernon Henry jr

Jo Ann a trainee children's doctor

Marie Angel

Donny Jo Ann's foster-brother

Omar Ebrahim

Nan their foster-mother

Susan Bickley

Merlin the computer wizard

Jonathan Veira

Pelegrin the space pilot

Kim Begley

Regan their boss

Hyacinth Nicholls

Performance DatesNew Year 1990

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

25 Oct, 19.15 26 Oct, 19.15

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