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Lustige Witwe 1989Scottish Opera

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A new staging more than a decade on from the last appearance of the much revived Anthony Besch one should have been a welcome project. Sadly, this version had little to commend it, visually or musically, apart from the new translation by John Wells, and disappeared after one run.

The director, Di Trevis, was a familiar name to patrons of the Citizens’ Theatre, and a regular at the RSC and National, but she was an operatic novice, and a classic operetta seems a daring way to start. The production had no sense of style, and Bunny Christie’s designs were eminently forgettable. Trevis went on to have a far greater success at Covent Garden where she directed a wonderfully imaginative premiere staging of Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain.

One of the few positive elements was the unusually serious interpretation of Danilo – another indication of Simon Keenlyside’s emerging talent. The Irish soprano Suzanne Murphy was a strange choice for Hanna - she had a long career specialising in works by Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini and Verdi, especially with Welsh National Opera, and was seen to far greater effect when that company brought its Peter Stein production of Falstaff to Edinburgh in 1993. 


Scottish Opera's Season -1989/90

The 1989/90 season of Scottish Opera included new productions of Salome,  La forza del destinoCosì fan tutte,  The Merry WidowThe Threepenny Opera and Duke Bluebeard's Castle.  The revivals were Oedipux Rex (partnering Bluebeard),  Madam Butterfly,  Die Fledermaus and Jenůfa.  There was an Opera-Go-Round tour of Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana (in that order).

Performance Cast

Baron Mirko Zeta Pontevedrian Ambassador in Paris

Peter Knapp

Valencienne Zeta's wife

Deborah Stuart-Roberts

Count Danilo Danilowitsch Secretary to the legation, reserve cavalry lieutenant

Simon Keenlyside

Hanna Glawari a wealthy young widow

Suzanne Murphy

Camille de Rosillon

Jorge Antonio Pita

Vicomte Cascada

Alan Oke

Raoul de St Brioche

Howard Milner

Bogdanowitsch Pontevedrian Consul

David Barrie Grieve

Sylviane wife of Bogdanowitsch

Theresa Goble

Kromow Counsellor to the Pontevedrian legation

David Morrison

Olga wife of Kromow

Jeannette Wilson

Pritschitsch retired Pontevedrian colonel, Military Attaché

Ian McKinven

Praskowia wife of Pritschitsch

Jane Guy

Njegus Chancery Clerk at the Embassy

Peter Rumney

Lo-Lo a grisette

Elaine MacKillop

Do-Do a grisette

Katy Morrell

Jou-Jou a grisette

Jane Marie O'Brien

Frou-Frou a grisette

Clarissa Meek

Clo-Clo a grisette

Anne McLellan-Scott

Margot a grisette

Margaret Izatt

Performance DatesLustige Witwe 1989

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

19 Sep, 19.15 21 Sep, 19.15 30 Sep, 19.15 6 Oct, 19.15 25 Oct, 19.15 6 Dec, 19.15 9 Dec, 14.15

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

31 Oct, 19.15 4 Nov, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

7 Nov, 19.15 11 Nov, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

14 Nov, 19.15 18 Nov, 19.15

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