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Peter Grimes 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.

This was a successful revival of Joachim Herz's production, restaged by Elaine Kidd, with the company’s experienced Tristan and introducing an excellent Australian soprano as Ellen. Other notable role debuts included Elizabeth Vaughan as Auntie and Christopher Purves as Ned Keene. David Barrell, Stephen Allen, and inevitably in this work, the chorus, all made their mark.

Performance Cast

Hobson carrier, constable of The Borough

David Gwynne

Swallow lawyer, Mayor of The Borough

Andrew Slater

Peter Grimes a fisherman

Jeffrey Lawton

Mrs 'Nabob' Sedley widow of an East India Company factor

Jutta Winkler

Ellen Orford widow and schoolmistress

Amanda Thane

Captain Balstrode a retired sea officer

David Barrell

Bob Boles fisherman and Methodist

Stephen Allen

Rev Horace Adams the Rector

Alasdair Elliott

Auntie landlady of 'The Boar'

Elizabeth Vaughan

First 'Niece'

Anna-Clare Monk

Second 'Niece'

Ann Archibald

Ned Keene apothecary and quack

Christopher Purves

Dr Crabbe

Tom Cowell

John the new apprentice

Christopher Kimmet

Performance DatesPeter Grimes 1997

Map List

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

15 Oct, 19.15 6 Nov, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

22 Oct, 19.15 25 Oct, 19.15 28 Oct, 19.15 30 Oct, 19.15

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford | Bradford

13 Nov, 19.15

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