Opera Scotland

Zauberflöte 1983Scottish Opera

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Jonathan Miller had not directed an opera in Scotland before, so his Magic Flute was eagerly awaited. It turned out to be a fascinating, if unusually austere interpretation, set firmly in eighteenth century Vienna, the main set representing massive library shelves, appropriate for the Enlightenment. Musically it was on the whole excellent, though the Tamino, a relatively late replacement, was not ideally lyrical. The main drawback was that the chorus was placed permanently on those shelves, too far back and high up, so for the important massed choruses they were sometimes barely audible.

Immediately after the Glasgow run, the production was taken to London, where the company paid a brief visit to the Dominion Theatre. Further performances were then given during the September tour.

London dates to be added.

Performance Cast

Tamino a Prince

Gordon Christie

First Lady in attendance on the Queen

Patricia Hay

Second Lady in attendance on the Queen

Linda Ormiston

Third Lady in attendance on the Queen

Claire Livingstone

Papageno a bird-catcher

Benjamin Luxon (Exc Sep)

Alan Oke (Sep)

Queen of Night

Margaret Haggart

Monostatos a servant in the Temple

Francis Egerton (Exc Sep)

Jim Croom (Sep)

Pamina daughter of the Queen of Night

Margaret Marshall (Exc Sep)

Laureen Livingstone (Sep)

First Boy

Rosanne Brackenridge (Exc Sep)

Yvonne Barclay (Sep)

Second Boy

Llyndall Trotman (Exc Sep)

Lesley Boyd (Sep)

Third Boy

Clare Moll

Speaker at the Temple

Roderick Kennedy (Exc Sep)

Brian Bannatyne-Scott (Sep)

Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris

Don Garrard (Exc Sep)

Louis Lebherz (Sep)

First Priest

Jim Croom (Exc Sep)

Barry Clark (Sep)

Second Priest

Brian Bannatyne-Scott (Exc Sep)

Richard Perrett (Sep)

Papagena disguised as an old woman

Una Buchanan

First Armed Man

Mark Curtis (Exc Sep)

Alexander Morrison (Sep)

Second Armed Man

Brian Bannatyne-Scott

Performance DatesZauberflöte 1983

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

12 Jan, 19.15 15 Jan, 19.15 18 Jan, 19.15 20 Jan, 19.15 22 Jan, 14.15 6 Sep, 19.15 9 Sep, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

13 Sep, 19.15 15 Sep, 19.15

Grand Opera House, Belfast | Belfast

22 Sep, 19.15 24 Sep, 19.15

Empire Theatre, Liverpool | Liverpool

27 Sep, 19.15 29 Sep, 19.15

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