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Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 2008Fife Opera

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Fife Opera have, from time to time, taken a risk with box office by staging a rare work, which has, for reasons unknown, slipped from the repertoire.  Far more than just a rightly famous overture, clearly Merry Wives has been supplanted by Verdi's Falstaff, composed half a century later.  But that is most unfair, as Nicolai's masterpiece is a delightful frolic, bursting with melody, and deserving of regular revivals.

Indeed it came up fresh as paint in 2013 when given by the students at the Conservatoire in Glasgow - perfect repertoire for such young voices.  But this performance in Kirkcaldy also provided a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Performance Cast

Mrs Ford Frau Fluth, wife of Ford

Rosemary Nairne

Mrs Page Frau Reich, wife of Page, Anne's mother

Elaine Young

Anne Page Jungfer Anna Reich, daughter of Page

Margaret Sharp

Fenton a young gentleman

Christopher Elliot

Ford Herr Fluth, a Windsor merchant

George Nairne

Dr Caius a French gentleman

Malcolm Crosby

Page Herr Reich, a Windsor merchant

Brian Benner

Sir John Falstaff a knight

Gordon Cowie

Slender Junker Spärlich, an elderly gentleman

Sandy Brown

First Citizen

Steve Harris

Performance DatesLustigen Weiber von Windsor 2008

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