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Lustige Witwe 1974Scottish Opera

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From the time of its first visit to Newcastle in 1968, the north of England became more and more important as a source of touring dates for Scottish Opera. Here, the first section of the spring tour, after the premiere of Catiline in Stirling, involved weeks in York, Sunderland and Oxford, before the company moved back north to Perth. They played The Merry Widow, The Catiline Conspiracy and The Magic Flute. The main dates then followed in Glasgow, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, where the "big" works were added, in this case revivals of Fidelio, Traviata and Boris Godunov. The establishment of Opera North in Leeds in 1979, and the gradual expansion of its own touring base, would eventually have a catastrophic effect on Scottish Opera's finances as its sphere of activity shrank.

This production by the established team of Anthony Besch and John Stoddart was hugely popular, and never left the repertoire from its opening in mid-1973. During that run, the casting was also very consistent, the first change at this stage being the introdction of David Frame, from the music staff, showing he had an excellent instinct for Viennese style.

The performance in Glasgow on 7 May was a Royal Gala Performance in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Performance Cast

Baron Mirko Zeta Pontevedrian Ambassador in Paris

William McCue

Valencienne Zeta's wife

Patricia Hay

Count Danilo Danilowitsch Secretary to the legation, reserve cavalry lieutenant

Marco Bakker

Hanna Glawari a wealthy young widow

Catherine Wilson

Camille de Rosillon

David Hillman

Vicomte Cascada

Gordon Sandison

Raoul de St Brioche

David Fieldsend

Bogdanowitsch Pontevedrian Consul

John Robertson

Sylviane wife of Bogdanowitsch

Nan Christie

Kromow Counsellor to the Pontevedrian legation

Norman White

Olga wife of Kromow

Nancy Gottschalk

Pritschitsch retired Pontevedrian colonel, Military Attaché

David Scrivens

Praskowia wife of Pritschitsch

Claire Livingstone

Njegus Chancery Clerk at the Embassy

Graham Allum

Performance DatesLustige Witwe 1974

Map List

Theatre Royal, York | York

19 Mar, 19.30 21 Mar, 19.30

Empire Theatre, Sunderland | Sunderland

27 Mar, 19.30

New Theatre | Oxford

5 Apr, 19.30 6 Apr, 19.30

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

2 May, 19.30 7 May, 19.30

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