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Ariadne on Naxos 1976Scottish Opera

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Anthony Besch’s excellent, witty and detailed production was revived with some cast changes – most notably Anne Howells and Sandra Dugdale taking over as the Composer and Zerbinetta from Janet Baker and Norma Burrowes.

The 1976 spring tour featured a repertoire including Don Giovanni, Die Fledermaus, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Rape of Lucretia.

The two performances in June were part of the York Festival, in which the company gave the world premiere of Thomas Wilson's Confessions of a Justified Sinner.

Performance Cast

Music Master

Peter van der Bilt (Apr 6, 30; Jun 1, 17)

Malcolm Donnelly (Apr 15, 17; Jun 19)


Iain Cuthbertson


Arthur Jackson


Derek Blackwell


Anne Howells

Tenor Bacchus in the opera

Hugh Beresford


James Paterson

Zerbinetta a comedian

Sandra Dugdale

Prima Donna Ariadne in the opera

Linda Esther Gray

Dancing Master

John Robertson

Harlequin a comedian

Gordon Sandison

Scaramuccio a comedian

David Fieldsend

Brighella a comedian

John Winfield (Apr 6, 7, 15, 30)

Graham Clark (Jun 1, 17, 19)

Truffaldino a comedian

Norman White

Naiad a nymph

Laureen Livingstone (Apr 6, 15)

Nan Christie (Apr 7, 30; Jun 1, 17, 19))

Dryad a nymph

Claire Livingstone

Echo a nymph

Patricia Greig

Performance DatesAriadne on Naxos 1976

Map List

Empire Theatre, Sunderland | Sunderland

6 Apr, 19.15

MacRobert Arts Centre | Stirling

15 Apr, 19.15 17 Apr, 19.15

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

30 Apr, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

1 Jun, 19.30

Theatre Royal, York | York

17 Jun, 19.30 19 Jun, 19.30

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