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Rigoletto 1984Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's subscription season 1984-85 consisted of nine operas, including six new productions, one of which was a world premiere. They began with Cavalli's Orion, which received its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Festival before joining the season's repertoire. The other works given were Fidelio (revival), Rigoletto (revival), Capriccio, Bartered Bride (revival), Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Orlando and Hedda Gabler (Edward Harper world premiere).

David Alden’s 1979 production came back for a final run. It featured in the title role John Rawnsley, who had created the role in Jonathan Miller’s legendary New York mafioso production for ENO at the London Coliseum a few seasons before. He now sang in Italian and made what was to be his only appearance with Scottish Opera. By this time, Alden's staging had rather lost its sharpness - none of the singers in major roles had experienced the production in its early days, but it still came over as a perfectly sound revival.

One unsuspected cast change is the professional debut of a local soprano, Rosa Mannion, at a performance in Liverpool.

 

Scottish Opera's Season - 1984/85

Scottish Opera's subscription season 1984-85 consisted of nine operas, including six new productions, one of which was a world premiere. They began with Cavalli's Orion, which received its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Festival before joining the season's repertoire. The other works given were Fidelio(revival), Rigoletto (revival), Capriccio, Bartered Bride (revival), Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Orlando and Hedda Gabler (Edward Harper world premiere).

Performance Cast

Duke of Mantua

Michael Myers

Matteo Borsa a courtier

John Robertson

Marullo a courtier

Keith Latham

Count Ceprano a courtier

Norman White

Countess Ceprano

Moyra Paterson

Rigoletto a jester

John Rawnsley

Count Monterone

Brian Bannatyne-Scott

Sparafucile a professional assassin

Roderick Kennedy (Gla; Oct 12)

William McCue (Abn, Edi; Oct 10))

Gilda Rigoletto's daughter

Márta Szücs (Exc Oct 10)

Rosa Mannion (Oct 10)

Giovanna Gilda's duenna

Carol Rowlands

Page to the Duchess

Lisa Clarke

Usher

David Morrison

Maddalena sister of Sparafucile

Claire Powell

Performance DatesRigoletto 1984

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

19 Sep, 19.15 22 Sep, 14.15 18 Oct, 19.15 20 Oct, 19.15 23 Oct, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

26 Sep, 19.15 28 Sep, 19.15

Empire Theatre, Liverpool | Liverpool

10 Oct, 19.15 10 Oct, 19.15 12 Oct, 19.15 12 Oct, 19.15

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

21 Nov, 19.15 23 Nov, 19.15

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