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Zauberflöte 1990Glyndebourne Touring Opera

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The Peter Sellars staging was not universally admired, not just because of the Californian freeway that seemed to dominate the stage, but also because of textual tinkerings and editing of dialogue. It was certainly very different from its two predecessors in Glyndebourne's distinguished Magic Flute history - the famous John Cox and David Hockney version, which did not come to Scotland, and before that, the beautiful Franco Enriquez and Emmanuele Luzzati version (which did). Still, the musical performance was good, with several principal roles sung by stars of the future. Amanda Roocroft and Gerald Finley never sang opera here again, and Alastair Miles only appeared in opera concerts.


Glyndebourne Tour - 1990

The first Glyndebourne visit to Glasgow brought three operas. Tippett's final opera, New Year, was given its only Scottish performance. The other works were more traditional - the Peter Hall staging of Fidelio, and Peter Sellars vision of The Magic Flute.

Performance Cast

Tamino a Prince

Barry Banks

First Lady in attendance on the Queen

Sarah Pring

Second Lady in attendance on the Queen

Denise Hector

Third Lady in attendance on the Queen

Alison Hudson

Papageno a bird-catcher

Gerald Finley

Queen of Night

Eileen Hulse

Monostatos a servant in the Temple

Neil Jenkins

Pamina daughter of the Queen of Night

Amanda Roocroft

First Boy

Samuel Woodward

Timothy Simmons

Second Boy

Mark O'Halleron

Paul Spindler

Third Boy

Ross Pannell

Alistair Smith

Speaker at the Temple

Alastair Miles

Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris

José Garcia

Papagena disguised as an old woman

Susannah Waters

Performance DatesZauberflöte 1990

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

24 Oct, 19.15 27 Oct, 19.15

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