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Bartered Bride 1978Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's third winter season at the Theatre Royal (1977-78) opened with Thea Musgrave's Mary, Queen of Scots, premiered a few weeks earlier at the Edinburgh Festival. It was followed by Fidelio, Otello, Ariadne on Naxos, The Golden Cockerel, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Falstaff, The Marriage of Figaro (launched earlier in the year), Madama Butterfly and The Bartered Bride - this last being the only completely new production.

The company now launched itself thoroughly into a Czech phase - over the next twenty years they would stage nine Czech operas by three different composers. This Bartered Bride was one of the liveliest, with enthusiastic dancing from the chorus, as well as circus performers. At the time, Felicity Lott was at the start of her illustrious career, even then recognised as an expert performer of Mozart and Strauss. She never sang in an opera in Scotland again, not even at the Edinburgh Festival. Alexander Oliver was a thoroughly endearing hen-pecked son, especially memorable in his bear disguise. Allen Cathcart added another leading romantic role, and the many company members were notably successful.

The circus artists on this first run were Suzanne, Eleky, Laszlo and Sylvia.

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Performance Cast

Krušina a peasant

Gordon Sandison

Ludmila Krušina's wife

Linda Ormiston

Mařenka daughter of Krušina and Ludmila

Felicity Lott (Exc May 13)

Marie Slorach (May 13)

Tobias Mícha a prosperous peasant farmer

Norman White

Háta Micha's second wife

Judith Pierce

Vašek son of Mícha and Háta

Alexander Oliver

Jeník Micha's son by his first wife

Allen Cathcart

Kecal a marriage broker

William McCue


Peter Bodenham

Esmeralda a dancer

Eryl Royle

Indian a circus artist

Tano Rea

Performance DatesBartered Bride 1978

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

8 Feb, 19.15 11 Feb, 19.15 14 Feb, 19.15 16 Feb, 19.15 18 Feb, 19.15

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

13 May, 19.15

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