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Barbiere di Siviglia 1997Scottish Opera

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The 1997-98 season for Scottish Opera started with the brilliant idea of another look at the original 1912 concept of Ariadne auf Naxos. That version started with the performance of an abbreviated text of Molière's comedy Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. This was seen at an early Edinburgh Festival in 1950, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, but had not been seen in Scotland since. The new production, which played at the 1997 Edinburgh Festival, was a co-production with Nottingham Playhouse. The conventional revision, with prologue, followed as part of the main season.

That season started with a long Opera-Go-Round tour of The Barber of Seville. This was followed by eight main stage productions: Norma, Rigoletto, Peter Grimes, Tosca, Così fan tutte, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Queen of Spades and La traviata. In addition there were concert performances of Handel's Samson and three performances of a double bill of Param Vir's Snatched by the Gods and Broken Strings.

The Barber features regularly in these small-scale tours. Twenty-one performances up and down the country give young singers an opportunity to get thoroughly into their systems a set of roles which they will perhaps hope to sing for years to come.

It is undoubtedly very hard work, but in future years many performers recall not just the work but their exploration of the country.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Giles Davies

Count Almaviva a young nobleman

Ivan Sharpe (Exc Sep 13)

Campbell Russell (Sep 13)

Figaro a barber

Gavin Taylor (Exc Oct 11)

Ivan Ludlow (Oct 11)

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Michelle Walton (Exc Oct 11)

Johanna Byrne (Oct 11)

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Martin Higgins

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Stephen Holloway

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Kerrie Shepherd


Giles Davies


Rose Ann Gross

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1997

Map List

Dundee Rep Theatre | Dundee

2 Sep, 19.30

Town Hall, Paisley | Paisley

4 Sep, 19.30

Victoria Hall, Cromarty | Cromarty

6 Sep, 19.30

Village Hall, Poolewe | Poolewe

9 Sep, 19.30

Carnegie Hall, Clashmore | Dornoch

11 Sep, 19.30

Haddo House Hall | Ellon, Aberdeenshire

13 Sep, 19.30

Town Hall, Elgin | Elgin, Moray

16 Sep, 19.30

Village Hall, Lochcarron | Lochcarron, Ross-shire

18 Sep, 19.30

Arts Theatre, Orkney | Kirkwall, Orkney

20 Sep, 19.30

Thurso High School | Thurso, Caithness

23 Sep, 19.30

Village Hall, Ballachulish | Ballachulish, Argyll

25 Sep, 19.30

Village Hall, Whiting Bay | Arran

27 Sep, 19.30

Town Hall, St Andrews | St Andrews

30 Sep, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Dumfries | Dumfries

2 Oct, 19.30

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh | Helensburgh

4 Oct, 19.30

Gaiety Theatre, Ayr | Ayr

7 Oct, 19.30

Woodend Barn | Banchory, Kincardineshire

9 Oct, 19.30

Linlithgow Academy Theatre | Linlithgow

11 Oct, 19.30

Biggar High School | Biggar

14 Oct, 19.30

Motherwell Theatre | Motherwell

16 Oct, 19.30

Deeside Theatre | Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

18 Oct, 19.30

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