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Traviata 1971Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's tour in Spring 1971 was one of its most extended and elaborate, stretching from 11 March to 12 June. There were two clear phases, the first took in Perth, Aberdeen, Newcastle and Liverpool, with the second embracing Glasgow, Edinburgh and a return to Aberdeen.

The Perth opening included the recent stagings of Magic Flute and Traviata, accompanied by the BBC SSO, with two Britten revivals, Albert Herring and Turn of the Screw. for which the pit was occupied by the Scottish Opera Chamber Ensemble. In Aberdeen the SNO joined up for the revival of the 1967 Rheingold staging, as preparation for the single Ring Cycle announced for December. In Glasgow, Albert Herring dropped out, and the season's two big new productions, Siegfried and Der Rosenkavalier, arrived.

This was an extensive tour for Ian Watt-Smith’s production which had opened in Edinburgh the previous December. Alex Reid's costumes (late-Victorian era) looked excellent, while Bernard Culshaw's sets looked handsome in the two parties. The 'country villa' scene was set in a garden dominated by a massive tree.

The two leads returned - Clarice Carson a warmly lyrical Violetta and Franco Bonisolli a smoothly debonaire Alfredo. At his single pre-arranged performance of Germont, Brian Kemp fitted in neatly. It would have been good to hear James Loughran conduct more opera in Scotland, but in 1970 he had left his post at the BBC SSO in Glasgow to succeed the late Sir John Barbirolli at the Hallé.

Performance Cast

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Clarice Carson

Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo

John Lawson Graham

Doctor Grenvil

Norman White

Flora Bervoix Violetta's friend

Patricia Hay

Marquis d' Obigny

Peter Lyon

Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town

Alexander Morrison

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

Franco Bonisolli

Annina Violetta's maid

Moyra Paterson

Giuseppe Violetta's servant

Alan Windsor

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

Ronald Morrison (Exc Mar 20)

Brian Kemp (Mar 20)


John Leishman


Nancy Gottschalk

Alexandra Gordon (Mar; Apr)

Madeleine Morrison (May; Jun)

Performance DatesTraviata 1971

Map List

Perth Theatre | Perth

16 Mar, 19.30 20 Mar, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

25 Mar, 19.30 31 Mar, 19.30 9 Jun, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

7 Apr, 19.30 9 Apr, 19.30

Royal Court Theatre | Liverpool

13 Apr, 19.30 15 Apr, 19.30

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

12 May, 19.30 18 May, 19.30 21 May, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

26 May, 19.30 3 Jun, 19.30

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