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Eugene Onegin 2004Scottish Opera-Go-Round

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The 2003-04 season of Scottish Opera was dominated by its opening event. Tim Albery's production of Der Ring des Nibelungen had been assembled during the three previous Edinburgh Festivals. The 2003 Festival was the culmination of this process, with complete cycles performed. After this intensive sequence of two Edinburgh cycles, the company moved on to give two in Glasgow and a final one at the recently opened Lowry at Salford Quays.

For non-Wagnerites, the rest of the season consisted of new productions of The Magic Flute and La bohème with a revival of Aïda. There was also n intimate staging of Eugene Onegin - with piano in the autumn and a small band in the spring. There was also the annual Essential Scottish Opera tour of the Highlands and Islands. A distinct novelty was a new piece composed specifically for children - on a larger scale than the company's previous works of this kind, The Minotaur by Julian Evans toured with a small orchestra.

Scottish Opera on Tour - a group formed to succeed Scottish Opera Go Round in providing a service outside the main touring theatres - took over this staging of Eugene Onegin which Opera Go Round had opened with a piano-accompanied eleven venue tour in the spring of 2003. A year later it was revived with broadly the same singers and a cleverly reduced orchestration (by Julian Grant), stylishly played by principals of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

The production was fine in the intimate scenes, and, with clever use of mirrors, made a surprising success of the grander elements, even the last act ball scene.

Performance Cast

Madame Larina a widowed landowner

Louise Mott

Tatyana Larina's elder daughter

Rachel Nicholls

Olga Larina's younger daughter

Olivia Ray

Filipyevna nurse to the sisters

Heather Fryer

Vladimir Lensky a neighbour, engaged to Olga

Dwayne Jones

Eugene Onegin Lensky's friend

Alex Ashworth

Zaretsky a retired officer

Paul Reeves

Guillot Onegin's manservant

Paul Harkins

Prince Gremin a retired general

Paul Reeves

Performance DatesEugene Onegin 2004

Map List

Town Hall, Alloa | Alloa

5 Apr, 19.30

Webster Theatre | Arbroath

7 Apr, 19.30

Concert Hall, Motherwell | Motherwell

13 Apr, 19.30

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline | Dunfermline

15 Apr, 19.30

Town Hall, Elgin | Elgin, Moray

19 Apr, 19.30

Gaiety Theatre, Ayr | Ayr

23 Apr, 19.30

Easterbrook Hall | Dumfries

27 Apr, 19.30

Tait Hall | Kelso

29 Apr, 19.30

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