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Rake's Progress 2015Edinburgh International Festival

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It is nearly thirty years since Sir Andrew Davis conducted Stravinsky theatre pieces in the Usher Hall. That was with a Canadian orchestra (the Toronto Symphony), and he continued to spend most of his career across the Atlantic. He has, in recent years, reconnected with the Festival, and it is welcome that his visits should continue. His familiarity with The Rake's Progress goes back to his years at Glyndebourne when the famous John Cox & David Hockney production set a standard yet to be beaten in this work. Scottish Opera recently mounted it in an excellent staging by Sir David McVicar, but the Festival has not presented it since 1967, the 'Stravinsky Year', when the composer was present.

This cast is very promising. Gidon Saks, Peter Rose and Alan Oke all spent time with Scottish Opera early in their careers and it will be good to hear them all again. Andrew Staples, Cathering Wyn-Rogers and Ashley Riches are becoming familiar in concert at least. Emily Birsan and Elizabeth DeShong will be welcome newcomers. The quality of performance by the SCO is almost guaranteed, and we will also be able to celebrate the quality of work that Tim Dean produces at the Conservatoire, even if only by means of a chorus.

Performance Cast

Anne Trulove Trulove's daughter

Emily Birsan

Tom Rakewell a young gentleman engaged to Anne

Andrew Staples

Trulove a country squire

Peter Rose

Nick Shadow

Gidon Saks

Mother Goose keeper of the brothel

Catherine Wyn-Rogers

Baba the Turk a bearded lady and circus attraction

Elizabeth DeShong

Sellem an auctioneer

Alan Oke

Keeper of the Madhouse

Ashley Riches

Performance DatesRake's Progress 2015

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

12 Aug, 19.30

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