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Don Giovanni 1974Edinburgh Festival Opera

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Fifteen years after the Royal Opera from Stockholm had made a first Edinburgh Festival appearance, they returned with a memorable pair of early 20th century masterpieces. Of the four operas brought to Edinburgh by the Swedes in 1974, Jenůfa and Elektra were performed in a conventional, but thrilling, way. The recent work, The Vision of Thérèse, was performed in the round at STV's Gateway studios. A little-known Handel pastorale, Il pastor fido, completed their offering. Scottish Opera ventured into the supposedly rarified world of Gluck for the first time, with an under-rated staging of Alceste. The Festival's own production of Don Giovanni was revived from the previous year. There were also rare performances of two Schoenberg pieces, Pierrot Lunaire with Cleo Laine and Erwartung featuring Anja Silja. They fitted a Schoenberg theme that also included Catherine Gayer in some of his cabaret songs and Heather Harper in the Second Quartet.

The opera schedule was as follows:

First week, commencing 19 Aug: Mon Alceste; Tue -; Wed Don Giovanni; Thu Alceste; Fri Don Giovanni; Sat Alceste.

Second week, commencing 26 Aug: Mon Don Giovanni; Tue Alceste; Wed -; Thu Elektra; Fri -; Sat Jenůfa.

Third week, commencing Sun 1 Sep: Sun Elektra; Mon Vision of Thérèse; Tue Il pastor fido & Vision of Thérèse; Wed Jenůfa; Thu Il pastor fido; Fri Elektra; Sat Jenůfa.

A star-studded Festival production of Don Giovanni that received a mixed reception from the critics in 1973 was revived the following year. With one exception, the team was identical - unfortunately, Helen Donath, Zerlina in 1973, and an infrequent visitor to Britain, had been the one universally acclaimed success in that cast. A production perhaps when the whole was somewhat less than the sum of its very impressive parts.

Performance Cast

Leporello Giovanni's servant

Geraint Evans

Donna Anna the Commendatore's daughter

Antigone Sgourda

Don Giovanni a young nobleman

Roger Soyer

Commendatore an elderly aristocrat

Peter Lagger

Don Ottavio engaged to Anna

Luigi Alva

Donna Elvira a lady from Burgos

Heather Harper

Zerlina a peasant girl

Danièle Perriers

Masetto a peasant, engaged to Zerlina

Alberto Rinaldi

Performance DatesDon Giovanni 1974

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

21 Aug, 19.30 23 Aug, 19.30 26 Aug, 19.30

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