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Etoile 2023Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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The Edinburgh International Festival has twice imported stagings of this wonderful comic masterpiece.  Given the success of those two productions, from first Lyon (1985) then Leeds (1994), it seems astonishing that it has taken nearly thirty years for a Scottish organization to attempt it.  Admittently the students at Edinburgh University did do it, as long ago as 1974, but that was in a version with a much reduced orchestration which inevitably lost some of Chabrier's wonderfully sensitive sound world.

At last Glasgow will have a long overdue opportunity to get to know one of the greatest of French operettas - more subtle than Offenbach, but equally hilarious.  The importation of a Gallic conductor should ensure the requisite fizz in the orchestra.

Sung in French with English surtitles.

Performance Cast

King Ouf I of the Thirty-Six Kingdoms

William Searle

Siroco Ouf's Court Astrologer

Ross Cumming

Hérisson de Porc-Epic the Roving Ambassador from Mataquin

Sam Marston

Lazuli a pedlar

Hannah Brennan

Laoula daughter of King Mataquin

Marie Cayeux

Rosalind Dobson

Aloès wife of Hèrisson

Megan Baker

Performance DatesEtoile 2023

Map List

New Athenaeum Theatre | Glasgow

28 Jan, 19.15 30 Jan, 19.15 1 Feb, 19.15 3 Feb, 19.15

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