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Traviata 1973Scottish Opera

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Ian Watt-Smith's staging of Traviata had opened in December 1970 before touring the following spring. The revival followed the same pattern three years later, with James Loughran, now ensconced as Principal Conductor of the Hallé, returning home to conduct. The small roles were all taken by regular company members, and the three major parts were taken by debutants. The Polish soprano Urszula Koszut was well known in Germany for coloratura roles, and had sung Zerbinetta at Glyndebourne. Robert Tear was familiar from his concert appearances with the SNO, but had not done opera in Scotland. Verdi was a new departure for him. Sesto Bruscantini, a great interpreter of Mozart and Rossini at Glyndebourne and elsewhere, had years before been a regular visitor to the Edinburgh Festival, but had not worked with Scottish Opera before.

Performance Cast

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Urszula Koszut

Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo

Malcolm Donnelly

Doctor Grenvil

Norman White

Flora Bervoix Violetta's friend

Nancy Gottschalk

Marquis d' Obigny

Gordon Sandison

Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town

David Fieldsend

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

Robert Tear

Annina Violetta's maid

Claire Livingstone

Giuseppe Violetta's servant

Tano Rea

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

Sesto Bruscantini


David Scrivens


Dorothy Stewart

Jim Hastie

Performance DatesTraviata 1973

Map List

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

8 Dec, 19.30 11 Dec, 19.30 13 Dec, 19.30

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