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Götterdämmerung 1968Scottish Opera

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The third instalment of Scottish Opera's Ring was greeted with general enthusiasm, as the various elements which had not quite gelled in the previous two evenings now worked with greater consistency.

For Charles Craig, having sung Siegmund in 1966, moving on to Siegfried was a natural progression.  His performances were quite successful.  However he decided not to sing the complete role.  He did not speak German and had to learn his roles phonetically.  This was difficult enough for Siegmund, the Götterdämmerung Siegfried, and two shorter German roles he went on to learn, Florestan for Scottish Opera and Aegisth for Covent Garden.  The role of Siegfried in Siegfried is a longer part and he decided he did not want to do it.

These five performances marked the British debut of Helga Dernesch, who would be one of the more important singers to appear regularly with the company over the next few years.  Another debutant, who went on to an even greater career as a Wagnerian, sadly did not return regularly to the company. Mounting this Wagner work and Boris Godunov in the same season required the company to recruit some extra chorus members, and one of these was a young bass, still a student,  called John Tomlinson.


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).

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

First Norn

Johanna Peters

Second Norn

Laura Sarti

Third Norn

Patricia McCarry

Brünnhilde Siegfried's lover

Anita Välkki


Charles Craig

Gunther a Gibichung

Victor Godfrey

Hagen son of Alberich

Elfego Esparza

Gutrune a Gibichung, Gunther's sister

Helga Dernesch

Waltraute a Valkyrie, Brünnhilde's sister

Anna Reynolds (4 perfs)

Patricia Purcell (1 perf)

Alberich a Nibelung

Gwyn Griffiths

Woglinde a Rhinemaiden

Patricia Hay

Wellgunde a Rhinemaiden

Josephine McQueen

Flosshilde a Rhinemaiden

Marjory McMichael

Performance DatesGötterdämmerung 1968

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

15 May, 17.30 18 May, 17.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

21 May, 17.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

4 Jun, 17.30 7 Jun, 17.30

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