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Barbiere di Siviglia 1987Scottish Opera

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Robert David MacDonald's effective modern-dress Barber from 1985 was given a swift revival with several of the singers returning - Patrick Power, Robert Dean, Geoffrey Moses, and, most unforgettably, Ludmilla Andrew. However MacDonald had done a fair amount of rethinking,

The greatest change was the switch from Italian to English - an easy decision, since the director was a practised hand at translating sometimes obscure European dramas for presentation at the Citizens' Theatre, and had prepared a fluent and witty new version for use this time.  Perversely, all the company's Barber performances since have been in Italian.

Richard Hickox conducted a stylish account of the score, and Eiddwen Harrhy, known in Scotland only for her extremely serious interpretations of Gluck and Handel, proved to be a natural Rosina.


Scottish Opera's Season - 1986/87

This season comprised Nine main stage productions plus an Opera-Go-Round staging with piano, and a most unusual Edinburgh Festival event.   The new productions were Carmen Iolanthe,  Intermezzo,  Flying Dutchman,   From the House of the Dead,   Billy Budd,  and  Madama Butterfly.  There were two revivals, The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville.  The Opera-Go Round production was of Verdi's Macbeth,  The season opened at the Edinburgh Festival, with a concert including music from Gershwin's Girl Crazy.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Geoffrey Dolton

Count Almaviva a young nobleman

Patrick Power

Figaro a barber

Robert Dean

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Eiddwen Harrhy

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Terence Sharpe

Ambrogio Bartolo's servant

Tom McVeigh

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Geoffrey Moses

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Ludmilla Andrew


Ian McKinven


John Brackenridge

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1987

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

7 May, 19.15 9 May, 19.15 19 May, 19.15 22 May, 19.15 4 Jun, 19.15

Tyne Theatre | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

27 May, 19.15 29 May, 19.15

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

25 Jun, 19.15

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