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Così fan tutte 1969Scottish Opera

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This was the first revival of the 1967 staging, brought back to reinforce the success of this stylish and unusually serious view of the work. Apart from Elizabeth Harwood and Janet Baker, both in sparkling form as the two sisters, the only other singer returning was Peter van der Bilt. John Shirley-Quirk was making his first appearance with the company since 1962, but from now on returned regularly in a range of parts that he did not perform elsewhere.

Two singers made their only appearances with the company. The Canadian soprano Carrol Anne Curry was highly regarded. The Danish tenor Kurt Westi did not by this time command the flexibility required for much of Ferrando's music - his voice was developing in a more dramatic way, and he later sang much heavier roles, including Wagner. Neither returned to the company.

Janet Baker was also singing Dido in The Trojans during this season. The ambitious scale of that project meant that the other components of the spring tour, apart from Così, were limited to the recent staging of The Gondoliers, with a few performances of Albert Herring and Full Circle. Scottish Ballet, with a prominent role in The Trojans, also provided a double bill of Breakaway (Gillian Lynne) and the Bournonville classic La Ventana.


Scottish Opera's Eighth Season - 1969

The spring season contained one new production, The Trojans, with further performances of the recent Gondoliers and Full Circle, with revivals of Così fan tutte and Albert Herring.  The latter was taken on a three-stop German tour following up its visit to Florence in 1968.  A further new work was introduced at the Festival (on the Fringe) and the company's first full-scale Rossini at Christmas.

Western Theatre Ballet, had relocated to Glasgow as Scottish Theatre Ballet and so were available to collaborate on The Trojans and provide two  short works to partner Full Circle.

The seven operas performed during the year were:  Mozart (Così fan tutte);  Rossini (Cinderella);  Berlioz (The Trojans);  Sullivan (The Gondoliers); Britten (Albert Herring);  Orr (Full Circle);  and Purser (The Undertaker). 

The schedule was as follows:

Perth, w/c 31 March: Mon 31 np;  Tue 1 Apr np; Wed 2 np;  Thu 3 np;  Fri 4 np;  Sat 5 Così fan tutte.

Perth, w/c 7 April:  Mon 7 Così fan tutte; Tue 8 np; Wed 9 mat Full Circle & Ballet;  Wed 9 e Full Circle & Ballet;  Thu 10 Così fan tutte ;  Fri 11 Albert Herring;  Sat 12 Così fan tutte.

Glasgow, w/c 29 Apr:  Mon 28 np; Tue 29 np;  Wed 30 np;  Thu 1 May np;  Fri 2 np;  Sat 3 Trojans.

Glasgow, w/c 5 May:  Mon 5 Full Circle & Ballet;  Tue 6 np;  Wed 7 Così fan tutte; Thu 8 m Full Circle & Ballet;  Thu 8 e Full Circle & Ballet;  Fri 9 Così fan tutte;  Sat 10 Trojans.

Glasgow: w/c 12 May:  Mon 12 np;  Tue 13 Così fan tutte;  Wed 14 Trojans;  Thu 15 m Gondoliers;  Thu 15 e Gondoliers;  Fri 16 Albert Herring;  Sat 17 m Gondoliers;  Sat 17 e Gondoliers.

Edinburgh w/c 19 May:  Mon 19 Trojans;  Tue 20 Così fan tutte;  Wed 21 m Full Circle & Ballet;  Wed 21 e Full Circle & Ballet;  Thu 22 m Gondoliers;  Thu 22 e Gondoliers;  Fri 23 Così fan tutte;  Sat 24 Trojans.

Week comm 26/05:  Hanover Mon 26 Albert Herring;  Wed 28 Dortmund Albert Herring;  Fri 30 Augsburg Albert Herring.

Aberdeen, w/c 2 June:  Mon 2 np;  Tue 3 Così fan tutte;  Wed 4 Gondoliers;  Thu 5 Albert Herring;  Fri 6 Gondoliers;  Sat 7 Così fan tutte.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe saw 10 performances, late-night at the Gateway Theatre in Leith Walk, of a double bill of short works.  The serious and well-regarded Full Circle was now paired with a new piece by John Purser - The Undertaker, a black comedy.

Edinburgh, w/c 1 Sep:  Mon 1;  Tue 2;  Wed 3;  Thu 4;  Fri 5;  Sat 6.

Edinburgh, w/c 8 Sep:  Mon 8;  Tue 9;  Wed 10;  Thu 11,

The company followed the previous year's precedent by mounting a pre-Christmas season at the Edinburgh King's.  There was a new production of Rossini's Cenerentola.  Also, as Edinburgh had not seen it in the spring, there were two further performances of Albert Herring, as well as more ballet, this time allowed complete evenings.

Edinburgh, w/c 1 December:  Mon 1 np; Tue 2 np; Wed 3 np; Thu 4 np; Fri 5 Cinderella;  Sat 6 Albert Herring.

Edinburgh, w/c 8 December:  Mon 8 Cinderella; Tue 9 np;  Wed 10 Cinderella;  Thu 11 np;  Fri 12 Cinderella;  Sat 13 Albert Herring.

The small-scale, piano-accompanied Opera For All tour continued.  Early in the year, two long-running productions, Madam Butterfly and Don Giovanni, were joined by Don Pasquale, replacing The Barber of Seville.  In the Autumn they were in turn retired, and Don Pasquale was joined by two new productions, Martha and La traviata.

Performance Cast

Ferrando a young army officer

Kurt Westi

Guglielmo another officer, Ferrando's friend

Peter van der Bilt

Don Alfonso a middle-aged bachelor

John Shirley-Quirk (Exc May 20)

Ronald Morrison (May 20)

Fiordiligi a young lady from Ferrara, engaged to Guglielmo

Elizabeth Harwood

Dorabella Fiordiligi's sister, engaged to Ferrando

Janet Baker

Despina maidservant to the sisters

Carrol Anne Curry

Performance DatesCosì fan tutte 1969

Map List

Perth Theatre | Perth

5 Apr, 19.00 8 Apr, 19.00 10 Apr, 19.00 12 Apr, 19.00

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

7 May, 19.00 9 May, 19.00 13 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

20 May, 19.00 22 May, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

3 Jun, 19.00 7 Jun, 19.00

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