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Madam Butterfly 1968Scottish Opera

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The first revival of this Butterfly staging from 1965 featured the return of Felicia Weathers and Charles Craig, and, in some performances, the British debut of a very attractive young Italian tenor, Franco Bonisolli. He had a lovely lyric voice, and he was a good actor - a near ideal Pinkerton.

The spring season began with a new production of The Marriage of Figaro. There were revivals of Boris Godunov as well as Madam Butterfly . However the most ambitious project, and the one for which the season's programme cover was designed, was Götterdämmerung.


Scottish Opera's Seventh Season - 1968

The ten operas performed were by Monteverdi (Ballo delle ingrate);  Mozart (Marriage of Figaro);  Wagner (Götterdämmerung);   Musorgsky (Boris Godunov);   Sullivan (Gondoliers);   Puccini (Madam Butterfly); Stravnsky (Soldier's Tale);  Britten (Peter GrimesAlbert Herring);  Orr (Full Circle).

Full Ciircle was given in Edinburgh as a late night performance (10:00pm) after some performances of The Gondoliers,  while in Perth it formed a double bill with The Solder's Tale.

The schedule was as follows:

Perth, w/c Mon 8 Apr:  Tue 9 Marriage of Figaro;  Wed 10 Full Circle & Soldier's Tale;  Thu 11 Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 12 Full Circle & Soldier's Tale;  Sat 13 Full Circle & Soldier's Tale.

Glasgow, w/c Mon 29 Apr:  Fri 3 May Boris Godunov;  Sat 4 Marriage of Figaro

Glasgow, w/c Mon 6 May;  Fri 10 Boris Godunov; Sat 11 Madama Butterfly.

Glasgow, w/c Mon 13 May:  Tue 14 Madama Butterfly;  Wed 15 Götterdämmerung;  Thu 16 Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 17 m Marriage of Figaro; Fri 17 e  Madama Butterfly;  Sat 18 Götterdämmerung.

Aberdeen, w/c Mon 20 May:  Tue 21 Götterdämmerung;  Wed 22 Marriage of Fgaro;  Thu 23 Madama Butterfly;  Fri 24 Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 25 Boris Godunov.

Edinburgh, w/c Mon 27 May:  Tue 28 Boris Godunov;  Wed 29 Madama Butterfly;  Thu 30 Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 31 m Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 31 e Madama Butterfly; Sat 1 Jun Boris Godunov.

Edinburgh, w/c Mon 3 Jun  Tue 4 Götterdämmerung;  Wed 5 Boris Godunov; Thu 6 Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 7 Götterdämmerung;  Sat 8 Marriage of Figaro.

Florence, w/c Mon 17 Jun:  Wed 19 Albert Herring;  Thu 20 Albert Herring.

Edinburgh Festival: 19, 21, 23, 26 Aug Peter Grimes.

Edinburgh Festival (Fringe): 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 Aug (late) Il ballo delle ingrate.

Newcastlle, w/c Mon 9 Sep: Tue 10 Peter Grimes;  Thu 12 Marriage of Fiigaro;  Fri 13 Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 14 Peter Grimes.

Edinburgh, w/c Mon 9 Dec:  Thu 12 Gondoliers;  Sat 14 Marriage of Figaro.

Edinburgh, w/v Mon 16 Dec:  Mon 16 e Gondoliers; Mon 16 (late) Full Circle;  Tue 17 Marriage of Figaro; Wed 18 Gondoliers; Thu 19 Gondoliers;  Fri 20 Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 21 e Gondoliers;  Sat 21 (late) Full Circle.

Performance Cast

Lieutenant F B Pinkerton U S Navy

Franco Bonisolli (May 11, 14, 17)

Charles Craig (May 23, 29, 31)

Goro marriage broker

John Robertson

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Laura Sarti

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Ronald Morrison

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Felicia Weathers

Imperial Commissioner

William Elvin

Bonze a priest, Cio-Cio-San's uncle

John Lawson Graham

Prince Yamadori

William Elvin

Kate Pinkerton

Patricia Hay

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1968

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 May, 19.00 14 May, 19.00 17 May, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

23 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

29 May, 19.00 31 May, 19.00

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