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It seems sad that a mature Puccini opera should wait until the 21st century, some ninety years after its premiere, for an airing in Scotland. That is, however, indicative of the unjustified neglect this hugely enjoyable work has suffered until quite recently. After the great success of these performances, it is impossible to believe this lovely, lyrical piece won't be heard again soon. Francesca Zambello's production was first shown in Leeds in 1994. Aberdeen was seeing its second revival. It made much of little, with elegantly simple designs and clever lighting suggesting the luxury of the first act. The Café Bullier and Riviera scenes made extremely simple and effective use of space.

There were a couple of cast changes compared with the early part of the run (Rambaldo and conductor). Nevertheless, it all worked beautifully, with Janis Kelly giving a moving, touchingly observed interpretation of the title role. Rafael Rojas has a powerful, but still lyrical voice, as does Alan Oke - the lover and the poet nevertheless sounded well differentiated. Gail Pearson's lighter tones also contrasted well with those of Janis Kelly. New Zealander Tecwyn Evans had previously conducted ETO at the Perth Festival.

For long-term Scottish Opera watchers it was nice to see that the cast included Peter Bodenham and Shirley Thomas, both of whom started their careers in the Scottish Opera Chorus.

Performance Cast

Magda de Civry a courtesan, Rambaldo's mistress

Janis Kelly

Ruggero Lastouc a young man from the provinces

Rafael Rojas

Lisette Magda's maid

Gail Pearson

Prunier a poet

Alan Oke

Rambaldo Fernandez a Parisian banker, Magda's protector

Jonathan Best

Yvette a guest at the salon

Irene Evans

Bianca a guest at the salon

Shirley Thomas

Suzy a guest at the salon

Christine Bryan

Périchaud a guest at the salon

Stephen Dowson

Gobin a guest at the salon

Peter Bodenham

Crébillon a guest at the salon

David Owen-Lewis

Fleury a vsndeuse from a fashion house

Irene Evans

Mariette a vendeuse from a fashion house

Shirley Thomas

Roro a vendeuse from a fashion house

Christine Bryan


Anthony Cunningham

Performance DatesRondine 2006

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His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

15 Jun, 19.30 16 Jun, 19.30

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