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Otello 1964Scottish Opera

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The previous year’s great success here received an immediate revival, with some cast changes.  Peter Glossop and Luisa Bosabalian were very welcome back, hard to improve on as Iago and Desdemona.

Most notably, Charles Crag was only available for the last two performances, but, as a result, Ronald Dowd, familiar from Sadler's Wells tours, was able to make his company debut with a slightly more hysterical reading of the title role.

Another important change was the arrival of Welsh tenor David Hughes as Cassio.  With Sadler's Wells he would become a famous Don José and Pinkerton before his early death.

The Scottish bass Harold Blackburn, long-established with the London companies, and a great supporter of Scottish Opera from the start, was at last able to appear - not just as Lodovico, but also as Leporello.  His effortlessly clear voice was qute unmistakable.


Schedule of Scottish Opera Performances (3rd Season) - 1964

There were sixteen performances in the season as a whole - six of Don Giovanni, and five each of Faust and Otello.  The first performances were in Glasgow, and then the company performed in Edinburgh.

Glasgow, w/c 11 May:  Thu 14 Faust;  Sat 16 Don Giovanni.

Glasgow, w/c 18 May:  Tue 19 Otello;  Wed 20 Faust;  Thu 21 m Don Giovanni:  Thu 21 e Otello:  Fri 22 Don Giovanni; Sat 23 m Faust;  Sat 23 e Otello.

Edinburgh, w/c 25 May:  Mon npTue 26 e Don Giovanni;  Wed 27 Otello;  Thu 28 Faust;  Fri 29 m Don Giovanni; Fri 29 e Otello; Sat 30 m Faust; Sat 30 e Don Giovanni.

Performance Cast

Montano predecessor of Otello in Cyprus

William McCue

Cassio Otello's lieutenant

David Hughes

Iago Otello's ensign

Peter Glossop

Roderigo a Venetian gentleman

John Robertson

Otello a Moorish general, Venetian Governor of Cyprus

Ronald Dowd (May 19, 21)

Sergio Barlottini (May 23)

Charles Craig (May 27, 29)

Desdemona Otello's wife

Luisa Bosabalian

Emilia Iago's wife and Desdemona's companion

Laura Sarti


John Lawson Graham

Lodovico envoy of the Venetian republic

Harold Blackburn

Performance DatesOtello 1964

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

19 May, 19.00 21 May, 19.00 23 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

27 May, 19.00 29 May, 19.00

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