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Don Giovanni 1971Scottish Opera

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A further revival by Ian Watt-Smith saw the return of Peter van der Bilt, Stafford Dean, Pat Hay and John Graham. Luisa Bosabalian also returned to the company for the last time, switching back from Elvira to her more natural role of Anna (which she had sung in the 1965 Festival Giulini staging). Bryden Thomson here made his debut with Scottish Opera, as did the young soprano Yvonne Fuller, well known from Glyndebourne.

For the first time, the SNO was not available, but the Scottish Baroque Ensemble, derived from a small group formed at Ledlanet in 1969, and which was already playing for the Britten chamber works, was on this tour expanded to chamber orchestra dimensions.

This autumn tour included a new staging by novice director David Pountney of The Rake's Progress, and further performances of the recent summer production of The Barber of Seville.

The company provided the first performances at the newly-built McRobert Centre (University of Stirling) and also made its first visit to Belfast.

Performance Cast

Leporello Giovanni's servant

Stafford Dean

Donna Anna the Commendatore's daughter

Luisa Bosabalian

Don Giovanni a young nobleman

Peter van der Bilt

Commendatore an elderly aristocrat

William McCue

Don Ottavio engaged to Anna

Derek Blackwell (Exc Oct 15, 23, 28)

John Robertson (Oct 15, 23, 28)

Donna Elvira a lady from Burgos

Yvonne Fuller

Zerlina a peasant girl

Patricia Hay

Masetto a peasant, engaged to Zerlina

John Lawson Graham

Performance DatesDon Giovanni 1971

Map List

MacRobert Arts Centre | Stirling

7 Oct, 19.30 9 Oct, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

19 Oct, 19.30 23 Oct, 19.30

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

26 Oct, 19.30 28 Oct, 19.30

Grand Opera House, Belfast | Belfast

2 Nov, 19.30 4 Nov, 19.30 6 Nov, 19.30

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