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Iolanta 2004Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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When Alexander Gibson founded Scottish Opera he was Principal Conductor of the SNO, and his orchestra was used to accompany operatic performances after the main winter concert season had ended. The tradition of interchange between the two organizations no longer exists, sadly, and since Gibson's era, none of the SNO/RSNO's conductors has worked with Scottish Opera while in office. Since those names include  Neeme Järvi,  Bryden Thomson,  Walter Weller,  Alexander Lazarev,  Stéphane Denève,  Peter Oundjian and  Thomas Søndergård, that has definitely been our loss.  However just occasionally the RSNO mounts concert performances of opera as part of the winter season, at least in Glasgow.

Alexander Lazarev was in his final season as Principal Conductor of the RSNO and was given the freedom to choose a work for presentation in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's International Classical Season. This performance of Tchaikovsky's much underrated final opera was the result, with a cast led by one of the Kirov's leading sopranos.

Performance Cast

Marthe Iolanta's nurse and Bertrand's wife

Jane Irwin

Iolanta King René's blind daughter

Elena Prokina

Brigitte Iolanta's friend

Rosalind Sutherland

Laure Iolanta's friend

Louise Innes

Bertrand Keeper of the castle

Julian Tovey

Alméric King René's armour-bearer

Justin Lavender

René King of Provence

Mikhail Svetlov

Ibn-Hakia a Moorish physician

Vassily Savenko

Vaudémont Joffroi, Count Vaudémont, a Burgundian knight

Vitali Taraschenko

Robert Duke of Burgundy

Sergei Murzaev

Performance DatesIolanta 2004

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Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow | Glasgow

23 Sep, 19.30

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