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Aïda 1986Tayside Opera

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It was perhaps inevitable that Tayside Opera, having had success with several Verdi works as well as La gioconda, would move on to tackle Aïda. For this they cut the number of performances to five, but moved to the larger Whitehall Theatre (nearly double the seating capacity of the Gardyne). Of the major parts, only the title role was double cast - the appearance of multiple singers in the small roles was so that they could cover big ones if necessary.

A big gap in the company's ranks was felt due to the death during the year of Bill Dewar. He had been a driving force behind the development of the company since 1968, singing many baritone leads, and had still been in excellent form in the previous year's Trovatore. The young mezzo Elizabeth Kinnear also died within a few months of these performances.

Performance Cast

Ramfis High Priest

David Button

Radamès Captain of the Guard

Robert Crowe

Amneris daughter of the King of Egypt

Elizabeth Kinnear

Aïda an Ethiopian slave

Gelda Bell (Nov 4, 6, 8)

Alison McDonald (Nov 5, 7)

King of Egypt

George Gordon


Philip Kearns (Nov 4, 6, 8)

Donald Ramsay (Nov 5, 7)


Elizabeth Watson (Nov 4, 6, 8)

Marion Neilson (Nov 5, 7)

Amonasro King of Ethiopia and father of Aïda

David Wright

Performance DatesAïda 1986

Map List

Whitehall Theatre | Dundee

4 Nov, 19.30 5 Nov, 19.30 6 Nov, 19.30 7 Nov, 19.30 8 Nov, 19.30

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