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Puritani 2009Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's 2008-09 season was unusual, in that it did not feature any revivals. What is more, the level of presentation, musical and dramatic, was also of a consistently high standard. Perhaps the one slight disappointment was the Edinburgh Festival offering, a rare staging of Smetana's charming domestic comedy The Two Widows. This was the company's second production of the piece. It was joined by two popular classics, La traviata and Così fan tutte, both directed in memorably intelligent fashion by David McVicar. The rarities were by Cimarosa (The Secret Marriage) and Massenet (Manon). Bellini's I puritani was given in a single concert performance. These were all company premieres. The small-scale tour was, unusually, an operetta, The Merry Widow. After the great success of the previous year's opener, the company also put on a second group of new, experimental 15-minute chamber dramas in the 5:15 series. Another welcome rarity was the next collaboration with the RSAMD - a large student cast assisted by Scottish Opera's musicians and technical staff, in a hugely enjoyable version of Prokofiev's Love For Three Oranges.

Scottish Opera’s first performance of this dramatic masterpiece of bel canto made perfect entertainment for a Sunday afternoon. It was nearly half a century since its previous appearances in the central belt, when Glyndebourne brought Joan Sutherland to the 1960 Edinburgh Festival.

Performance Cast

Elvira daughter of Lord Walton

Sally Silver

Bruno Sir Bruno Roberton, a Puritan officer

Harry Nicoll

Lord Gualtiero Valton Lord Walter Walton, a Puritan and Governor General

Alan Fairs

Riccardo Sir Richard Forth, a Puritan colonel

Benjamin Bevan

Giorgio Sir George Walton, Lord Walton's brother, a retired Puritan colonel

Hidekazu Tsumaya

Enrichetta Queen Henrietta Maria, widow of Charles I

Julia Riley

Arturo Talbo Lord Arthur Talbot, a Royalist

Mario Zeffiri

Performance DatesPuritani 2009

Map List

City Halls, Glasgow | Glasgow

29 Mar, 15.00

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