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Mascagni's 'Silvano' at Scottish Opera in April 2019


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« on: April 14, 2018, 03:18:46 pm »


I appreciate this is sometime away.  Unfortunately, unlike Isabeau at Holland Park in July, not a production but a concert performance of Mascagni's fifth performed opera.  I am pretty certain this is, like Isabeau in July, the UK premiere of Silvano

Premiered at La Scala, Milan on 25th March, 1895 - just over a month from the premiere of Guglielmo Ratcliff at the same opera house - Silvano is arguably the only purely veristic Mascagni opera after Cavalleria Rusticana.  Not a project Mascagni was enthusiastic about and an opera that is usually regarded as theatrically ineffective.  Nonetheless, as a listening experience, a score over packed with inventive, lyrical and memorable music.  I am aware of three commercial CD releases.  It is in Mascagni's early style (i.e. prior to the more sophisticated style commencing with Iris 1898 and followed in six of his eight subsequently performed operas).

See: https://www.scottishopera.org.uk/shows/silvano/
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2018, 08:04:48 pm »

Emma Bell is certainly "the right stuff" for that repertoire..   I wonder who the others will be?   No information so far on the title role...  or any of the others Wink
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2018, 05:30:39 pm »

Emma Bell is certainly "the right stuff" for that repertoire..   I wonder who the others will be?   No information so far on the title role...  or any of the others Wink

Further information says:

"This [i.e. Puccini's Edgar in a concert performance] is followed in April 2019 by the long-overdue Scottish premiere of Mascagniís Silvano, a passionate seafaring story whose hard-hitting drama is reminiscent of the composerís celebrated Cavalleria rusticana. Conducted by Stuart Stratford, Silvano tells the tale of a love triangle that ends in death and despair, and includes the Barcarolle famously featured in Scorseseís Raging Bull. It is performed in City Halls, Glasgow and at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh with soloists including acclaimed soprano Emma Bell as Matilde.

Given the Barcarolle is sung by Silvano, a tenor in the title role, it seems strange that the tenor is not mentioned yet.

I have booked tickets for two of the perfomances of Isabeau in July with a 20-20 match at Lord's in the intervening evening!  As I am due to be at home in Glasgow on the date of the concert performance, I intend to book a ticket to attend Silvano. Cheesy Grin Smiley Roll Eyes




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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2018, 07:32:11 pm »

Given the Barcarolle is sung by Silvano, a tenor in the title role, it seems strange that the tenor is not mentioned yet.

Although the performances are still a year off, I'm sure SO have given due thought to the matter  ;-)  Very often the cast will be mostly firmed-up by this stage - but the details remain confidential until a later date, for PR or contractual reasons.  Or just to keep some dry powder in reserve for a bombshell Press Release nearer the date - to prompt a flurry for tickets :-)

I doubt I can get to either Isabeau or Silvano, but I'm sure that both will be worth attending for those without trans-continental journeys involved :-)
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