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Maria Stuart 1986Maly Theatre, Leningrad

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The Edinburgh Festival's Director, Frank Dunlop, was definitely a man of the theatre, and many Festivalls had enjoyed the fruits of his labour since the sixties. He had not previously directed an opera, but the highlight in 1986 was clearly his staging of Weber's Oberon, the pantomime elements of which suited him to a tee. The Maly Theatre from Leningrad were the first Russian opera company to visit the Festival, bringing three productions, at a time when it was quite unthinkable that the Kirov and Bolshoi would be almost frequent visitors within a few years. Two fitted the Festival's Tchaikovsky theme. The Toronto Symphony brought a Stravinsky double-bill, simply staged in the Usher Hall, where The Soldier's Tale and Oedipus Rex came over well. A second theme of the Festival was the Scottish Enlightenment and the works of Walter Scott and James Macpherson ('Ossian'), for which the SNO and conductor Neeme Järvi assembled a fascinating evening that ended with a concert performance of Mehul's Ossian opera Uthal

Non-operatic events included notable performances by Simon Rattle and the CBSO of Dream of Gerontius and Mahler's Resurrection Symphony.

As Tchaikovsky was a theme of the Festival it was no surorise that his two most well known operas, Eugene Onegin and the Queen of Spades, would feature. It was therefore refreshing that they should also bring a work of recent provenance, and on an appropriately Scottish theme, too.

Performance DatesMaria Stuart 1986

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

22 Aug, 19.15 25 Aug, 19.15

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