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Traviata 1992Scottish Opera

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The first revival of the Nuria Espert staging from 1989 (a co-production with Madrid). The best feature was the Violetta of Anne Williams-King, fast developing into an excellent singing actress with a creamy, effortless voice ideal for roles such as Violetta and Butterfly. Nancy Gustafson, the originator of the production, also returned for a single performance. The main drawback was the too-metronomic conducting of Takuo Yuasa, at the time Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish. It was simply too fast and inflexible. The new Alfredo, Marek Torzewski, had a beautiful voice and an attractive personality, but chose not to sing his cabaletta – an odd decision nowadays, not to be encouraged when we expect to hear the score complete. Jason Howard continued to show promise as a very young older Germont.


Scottish Opera's Season - 1991/92

At this period, Scottish Opera generally mounted nine main-stage operas each season, in groups of three. If funds allowed, there would be a small-scale production as well. For the 1991/92 season, the piano-accompanied tour, with 33 performances through the autumn, was of Maria Stuarda. The main stage schedule began at the Edinburgh Festival with a new production of La Clemenza di Tito. There were two more new stagings - Die Walküre and Don Giovanni. The six revivals were Madam ButterflyCarmenLa traviataBilly BuddThe Marriage of Figaro and Aïda.

Performance Cast

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Anne Williams-King (Exc Mar 12)

Nancy Gustafson (Mar 12)

Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo

Ian Platt

Doctor Grenvil

Jonathan Hawkins

Flora Bervoix Violetta's friend

Sarah Pring

Marquis d' Obigny

David Morrison

Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town

Grant Richards

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

Marek Torzewski (Exc Apr 7, 11)

Paul Charles Clarke (Apr 7, 11)

Annina Violetta's maid

Margaret Izatt

Giuseppe Violetta's servant

Malcolm Aitken

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

Jason Howard


Paul Anwyl

Servant in Flora's household

Graeme Danby

Performance DatesTraviata 1992

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

6 Feb, 19.15 8 Feb, 19.15 15 Feb, 14.15 20 Feb, 19.15 26 Feb, 19.15 28 Feb, 19.15

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford | Bradford

3 Mar, 19.30 5 Mar, 19.30

Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

10 Mar, 19.15 12 Mar, 19.15 14 Mar, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

7 Apr, 19.15 11 Apr, 19.15

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