Etienne-Nicholas Méhul – Uthal

Opera in one act. Libretto by Jacques Maximilien Benjamin Bins de Saint-Victor, loosely based on the poem Berrathon, the final poem in the first volume of James Macpherson’s Ossian poems. First performed at the Opéra Comique in Paris on 17 May 1806.   Méhul (postcard in the author’s collection) The story of the opera is […]

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Mascagni Isabeau

Ubaldo and Ethelbert  –  traditional Scottish names? Isabeau, composed in 1911 and first performed in the Coliseo in Buenos Aires, was the tenth of Pietro Mascagni’s sixteen operas, and it is the most peculiar.  It tells the story of the daughter of a king, Raimondo, who has deliberately chosen to live a chaste life.  But […]

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Scotch Corner

For many years, I was involved with Scottish Opera, a company based in Glasgow, but touring its productions around Scotland both at full scale, although the number of suitable theatres for this is limited, and on the small scale, sometimes with just a handful of singers and a piano, in which case, any village hall […]

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