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Traviata 1996Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's season for 1995-96 contained some new productions that were highly memorable, though most were not seen again and none survived for long. After the Edinburgh Festival, where the new staging of The Jacobin opened, there was a very strongly cast small-scale, piano-accompanied tour of La bohème. The main subscription season contained The Jacobin and new stagings of Don Giovanni, La belle Hélène and Hansel and Gretel. A revival of La traviata was followed by new productions of Alceste and Turandot.

Nuria Espert's generally excellent Traviata production had entered the company's repertoire in 1989, with regular revivals following. This was an excellent example, supervised by Peter Watson, with Claire Rutter appearing as Violetta for the first time. This was a role she instantly encompassed with dramatic subtlety and vocal ease, through a marathon run of eighteen performances. Jonathan Summers had not worked with the company for a while, and René Massis was a newcomer. Richard Armstrong was, as always, an excellent Verdian.

Performance Cast

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Claire Rutter

Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo

Richard Lloyd Morgan

Doctor Grenvil

Stephen Holloway

Flora Bervoix Violetta's friend

Helen Lothian

Marquis d' Obigny

Andrew Hammond

Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town

Peter Evans

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

Paul Charles Clarke (Feb; Mar)

Richard Coxon (May; Jun)

Annina Violetta's maid

Stella Litchfield

Giuseppe Violetta's servant

Alexander Anderson-Hall

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

René Massis (Feb; Mar)

Jonathan Summers (May; Jun)


Paul Anwyl

Servant in Flora's household

David Morrison

Performance DatesTraviata 1996

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

24 Jan, 19.15 27 Jan, 19.15 30 Jan, 19.15 1 Feb, 19.15 7 Feb, 19.15 22 May, 19.15 25 May, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

14 Feb, 19.30 16 Feb, 19.30

Eden Court Theatre | Inverness

20 Feb, 19.15

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

28 Feb, 19.15 2 Mar, 19.15 13 Jun, 19.15 19 Jun, 19.15 21 Jun, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

4 Jun, 19.15 6 Jun, 19.15 8 Jun, 19.15

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