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Ernani 2006Tayside Opera

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Ernani is such an enjoyable piece for audiences, with its succession of rousing melodies and lovely bel canto arias, that it seems surprising that it is done so rarely, at least in Scotland.  Undeniable idiosyncrasies of plot can usually be by-passed by audiences in the enjoyment of the moment - no worse than Il trovatore.

Twenty-five years had elapsed since the previous Tayside attempt, and it was high time to give it another go.  This production came over just as well, even if Silva no longer boasted a gallery of old master paintings to impress everyone with his good taste (and money).

Again the team was led by an excellent Verdi stylist in the professional tenor Paul Featherstone, at the time a member of the Chorus of Scottish Opera.

Perhaps on this occasion the local singers were less consistent than the team put together in 1981, but they all had a good idea of the vocal requirements, and the ensembles all came off nicely.

Performance Cast

Ernani a bandit chief, in fact Don Juan of Aragon

Paul Featherstone

Don Carlo King of Castile

Russell Malcolm

Don Ruy Gomez da Silva a Spanish grandee, Elvira's guardian

Neil Mudie

Elvira Silva's niece

Margaret Wells

Giovanna Elvira's duenna

Laura McKay

Jago Silva's steward

Tom Patullo

Don Riccardo adviser to the king

Philip Kearns

Performance DatesErnani 2006

Map List

Gardyne Theatre | Dundee

7 Nov, 19.30 8 Nov, 19.30 9 Nov, 19.30 10 Nov, 19.30 11 Nov, 19.30

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