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Rusalka 2022Garsington Opera

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Rusalka used to be a very rare creature in the British operatic world.  It took sixty years for it to be seen here, when the Prague National Theatre brought it to the 1964 Edinburgh Festival.  Twenty years later David Pountney directed a ground-breaking staging for ENO.  Since then it has been seen at Covent Garden and Glyndebourne.  In 2016 Scottish Opera mounted a very successful production also seen at Grange Park.

The Garsington company's visit was previously deferred because of Covid, so it is pleasing to see it restored to the schedule.  The title role is taken by Natalya Romaniw, Welsh but of Ukrainian ancestry.  When Scottish Opera mounted the work she sang the Foreign Princess - it seems quite unusual for a soprano to try both these completely different roles.

Sky Ingram has previously visited Scotland with both English Touring Opera and Opera North.  Christine Rice has developed a notable international career encompassing a wide range of parts.  Her appearances in Scotland have been surprisingly limited to Handel and Mozart.

Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd has rarely worked in Scotland, even during his first career as an oboist (with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe).  As a conductor he spent some time with the Manchester Camerata.

The choreographer Claire Darkin is currently in charge of Scottish Dance Theatre.  With its headquarters at Dundee Rep, it is the only one of the Scottish national companies to have a base outside the central belt.

The orchestra is the Philharmonia.  They have a residency at this Festival (as does the Philadelphia Orchestra).  The London band will also play for a concert performance of Fidelio. under another Scottish conductor, Sir Donald Runnicles.

Performance DatesRusalka 2022

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