Opera Scotland

Lustige Witwe 1973Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera’s first staging of The Merry Widow was a hugely successful affair in the predictably safe hands of Anthony Besch and John Stoddart. The designs were just bright and cheerful enough, without ever being garish, and the comedy was also kept within reasonable limits. It opened for a week in June as the centrepiece of Clyde Fair International, then joined a long tour through the autumn and winter, continuing into the spring of 1974. Revivals continued for several seasons, maintaining a remarkable degree of consistency in the casting.

Alexander Gibson had introduced this classic of its kind at Sadler's Wells when he was leading that company in 1958, and Charles Hickman's production had run for years. Gibson had a natural feel for this repertoire, as was shown in his annual Viennese concerts with the SNO. Catherine Wilson, David Hillman, Bill McCue and Pat Hay, all accomplished operetta stylists, were joined by a talented newcomer in the Dutch baritone Marco Bakker. The tenor Graham Allum had a perfect sense of timing in his dialogue, and the rest of the cast consisted of young salaried principals who gave the whole enterprise a real sense of being a company performance in a way that ceased to be possible far too quickly.

Further cast variations to be confirmed by programme.

Performance Cast

Baron Mirko Zeta Pontevedrian Ambassador in Paris

William McCue

Valencienne Zeta's wife

Patricia Hay

Count Danilo Danilowitsch Secretary to the legation, reserve cavalry lieutenant

Marco Bakker

Hanna Glawari a wealthy young widow

Catherine Wilson

Camille de Rosillon

David Hillman

Frederick Donaldson (Oct 12)

Vicomte Cascada

Gordon Sandison

Raoul de St Brioche

David Fieldsend

Bogdanowitsch Pontevedrian Consul

John Robertson

Sylviane wife of Bogdanowitsch

Nan Christie

Kromow Counsellor to the Pontevedrian legation

Norman White

Olga wife of Kromow

Nancy Gottschalk

Pritschitsch retired Pontevedrian colonel, Military Attaché

Malcolm Donnelly

Praskowia wife of Pritschitsch

Claire Livingstone

Njegus Chancery Clerk at the Embassy

Graham Allum

Performance DatesLustige Witwe 1973

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

19 Jun, 19.30 20 Jun, 19.30 21 Jun, 19.30 22 Jun, 19.30 23 Jun, 19.30 12 Sep, 19.30 14 Sep, 19.30

MacRobert Arts Centre | Stirling

18 Sep, 19.30 19 Sep, 19.30 21 Sep, 19.30 22 Sep, 19.30 28 Dec, 19.30 29 Dec, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

26 Sep, 19.30 27 Sep, 19.30

Grand Theatre, Leeds | Leeds

5 Oct, 19.30 6 Oct, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

10 Oct, 19.30 12 Oct, 19.30

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton

17 Oct, 19.30 18 Oct, 19.30 19 Oct, 19.30

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

14 Dec, 19.30 15 Dec, 19.30

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