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Trovatore 1997Tayside Opera

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For its second production of Trovatore, Tayside chose the larger capacity of the Whitehall over the more intimate Gardyne Theatre - a wise choice, allowing them to make do with four performances. The broadly traditional staging benefitted from the claustrophobic sets designed by Roy Bell. The impetus for the drama came from Brian Craib's orchestra, especially the woodwind section, with some beautifully atmospheric highlights.

The cast was led by Norwegian tenor Harald Bjorkoy, returning after his success as Canio the year before. Manrico suited him well vocally and dramatically, and he did not seem to have a problem singing four nights running. The other singers were largely familiar and entirely suited to their roles, with Helen Brown and Fiona Brownsmith making especially notable contributions.

Performance Cast

Ferrando captain of Di Luna's guard

Neil Mudie

Inez confidante of Leonora

Margaret Wells

Leonora a Duchess, lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon

Fiona Brownsmith (Nov 12, 14)

Alison McDonald (Nov 13, 15)

Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon

David Button

Manrico a chieftain under the Prince of Biscay

Harald Bjorkoy

Azucena a Biscayan gypsy woman

Helen Brown

Old Gypsy

Graeme Adamson


Douglas Gratty

Ruiz a soldier in Manrico's service

David Wright

Performance DatesTrovatore 1997

Map List

Whitehall Theatre | Dundee

12 Nov, 19.30 13 Nov, 19.30 14 Nov, 19.30 15 Nov, 19.30

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