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Otello 1972Scottish Opera

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On the face of it this was a routine revival of Anthony Besch’s production, with Charles Craig, Peter Glossop and William McAlpine returning in familiar roles. For the first time, money was spent on new costumes instead of borrowing them from Covent Garden. Alberto Erede played an important part in developing British operatic life in the post-war years, and this was his only appearance with Scottish Opera. The small role of the Herald is frequently used as an opportunity for young singers to make their first appearance, and on this occasion the job fell to the young Australian baritone Malcolm Donnelly, whose roles with the company would eventually include Macbeth, Rigoletto and Boccanegra.

However, this revival was most notable for the lovely performance by Kiri Te Kanawa, making her debut in Scotland and her first attempt at the role of Desdemona. This was a part she would later sing for her debut at the New York Met. She also sang it at Covent Garden and on Solti's second recording, made several years later in Chicago, with Pavarotti in the title role.

Performance Cast

Montano predecessor of Otello in Cyprus

John Lawson Graham

Cassio Otello's lieutenant

William McAlpine

Iago Otello's ensign

Peter Glossop

Roderigo a Venetian gentleman

Geoffrey Shovelton

Otello a Moorish general, Venetian Governor of Cyprus

Charles Craig

Desdemona Otello's wife

Kiri Te Kanawa

Emilia Iago's wife and Desdemona's companion

Patricia Purcell


Malcolm Donnelly

Lodovico envoy of the Venetian republic

Joseph Rouleau

Performance DatesOtello 1972

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

5 May, 19.30 17 May, 19.30 19 May, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

27 May, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

1 Jun, 19.30 3 Jun, 19.30 8 Jun, 19.30

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