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Trovatore 1965Glasgow Grand Opera Society

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The 1965 season of Glasgow Grand as usual included four performances of a popular work, on this occasion Il trovatore.  Three performances of a rarity were also given to contrast with this and this year it really was an unusual piece, Meyerbeer's final Parisian grand opera L'Africaine, full of lovely things.

The most important adjustment for the Society this year was probably a change of orchestra.  For decades they had used the Scottish National Orchestra, but that band now worked with Scottish Opera during its spring season, and during this week they must have been hard at work rehearsing Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, and Boris Godunov, in the Musorgsky orchestration, which was scheduled to open on 14 May. Glasgow Grand therefore employed a band of freelance musicians.

The new director, Charles Barron, was a regular with a company 'up north', where he would continue to work for many years directing the opera productions at Haddo House in Aberdeenshire.

Performance Cast

Ferrando captain of Di Luna's guard

Ian Martin Will

Inez confidante of Leonora

Margaret Duncan

Leonora a Duchess, lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon

Dorothy Robertson

Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon

Jack Henry

Manrico a chieftain under the Prince of Biscay

George Muir

Azucena a Biscayan gypsy woman

Ann Veitch

Old Gypsy

Willis Hutton

Ruiz a soldier in Manrico's service

William Syme

Performance DatesTrovatore 1965

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

3 May, 19.15 5 May, 19.15 7 May, 19.15 8 May, 14.00

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