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Aïda 1992Scottish Opera

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The only revival of Gilbert Deflo's enjoyable staging from 1987, with its high-Victorian aura, had a more consistent cast than before, still led by Mauceri's beautifully subtle account of the score.

Sally Burgess was a wonderfully incisive Amneris, and Stefano Algieri a trenchant and dramatically involved Radamès.  Both basses gave appropriately dominating performances as Ramfis and the King. 

Donnie Ray Albert's great height allowed him to dominate with ease.  The new soprano, Patricia Baskerville, gave a generally impressive interpretation of the title role, though the climax to 'O patria mia' was not ideally controlled. 

One experiment not pursued in future seasons was to give a single concert performance during the run, since the Eden Court at Inverness lacked the audience capacity and technical equipment to permit a full staging. This is a practice which could usefully have been extended to other centres unable to take the full company.


Scottish Opera's Season - 1991/92

At this period, Scottish Opera generally mounted nine main-stage operas each season, in groups of three. If funds allowed, there would be a small-scale production as well. For the 1991/92 season, the piano-accompanied tour, with 33 performances through the autumn, was of Maria Stuarda. The main stage schedule began at the Edinburgh Festival with a new production of La Clemenza di Tito. There were two more new stagings - Die Walküre and Don Giovanni. The six revivals were Madam ButterflyCarmenLa traviataBilly BuddThe Marriage of Figaro and Aïda.

Performance Cast

Ramfis High Priest

Frangiskos Voutsinos

Radamès Captain of the Guard

Stefano Algieri

Amneris daughter of the King of Egypt

Sally Burgess

Aïda an Ethiopian slave

Priscilla Baskerville

King of Egypt

David Gwynne


Declan McCusker


Pamela Kuhn

Amonasro King of Ethiopia and father of Aïda

Donnie Ray Albert

Performance DatesAïda 1992

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

21 May, 19.15 26 May, 19.15 30 May, 19.15 4 Jun, 19.15 9 Jun, 19.15

Eden Court Theatre | Inverness

12 Jun, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

16 Jun, 19.15 18 Jun, 19.15

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

23 Jun, 19.15 27 Jun, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

30 Jun, 19.15 4 Jul, 19.15

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