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Madam Butterfly 1973Scottish Opera

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There are several features of this routine revival worth noting. The first is the company debut of the Welsh soprano Elizabeth Vaughan, who was for many years a noted exponent of Butterfly at Covent Garden and elsewhere.  Most of her appearances in Scotland came later in her career after she began singing mezzo roles such as Herodias and Kabanicha.  But for many years in London and elsewhere she sang the leading soprano roles of Verdi and Puccini, as well as Mozart.

The staff producer for this revival was David Pountney, who has not often directed Puccini since, and then generally the more unusual works, such as La fanciulla del West or La rondine.  George Shirley was a favourite guest artist in several roles, particularly as Pelléas, but was not generally associated with the role of Pinkerton.

Performance Cast

Lieutenant F B Pinkerton U S Navy

George Shirley (Sep 11, 13, 25; Oct 4, 13)

Gunnar Drago (Sep 28; Oct 11, 16, 20)

Goro marriage broker

John Robertson

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Claire Livingstone

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Ronald Morrison

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Elizabeth Vaughan

Imperial Commissioner

Malcolm Donnelly

Official Registrar

David Fieldsend

Bonze a priest, Cio-Cio-San's uncle

Norman White

Prince Yamadori

Gordon Sandison

Kate Pinkerton

Nancy Gottschalk

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1973

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 Sep, 19.15 13 Sep, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

25 Sep, 19.15 28 Sep, 19.15

Grand Theatre, Leeds | Leeds

4 Oct, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

11 Oct, 19.15 13 Oct, 19.15

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton

16 Oct, 19.15 20 Oct, 19.15

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