News By Tag
News By Location
Follow on Google News
Scottish Opera's Golden Years: The Glitter and Why it Faded" by John Duffus published
By: New Generation Publishing
"Scottish Opera's Golden Years: The Glitter and Why it Faded" by John Duffus is published by New Generation Publishing
About the Book:
Only six years after its unlikely founding in 1962, the young Scottish Opera entered a period of a dozen years when it could do little wrong. The Company was the brainchild of Sir Alexander Gibson, a conductor who was to prove the most pivotal and vital force in the development of music in Scotland in the 20th century. Under his guidance, so impressive were many of Scottish Opera's productions that those years were named "The Golden Years". Productions like Cosi fan tutte with the incomparable pairing of Dame Janet Baker and Elizabeth Harwood, the complete Berlioz Trojans again featuring Dame Janet with Ronald Dowd as her Aeneas, the glorious young dramatic soprano Helga Dernesch as Leonore in Fidelio, Dernesch, Baker and Harwood teaming up again in Der Rosenkavalier, and Scotland's own world class bass baritone David Ward as Wotan in an extraordinary Ring cycle at the end of 1971.
More gems were to appear in the early 1970s. The crowning glory of those years was the acquisition, financing and refurbishment of Glasgow's Theatre Royal as both Scottish Opera's home theatre and Scotland's first opera house. Scottish Opera seemed ready to reach new heights.
Very quickly, though, the glitter started to fall away. The Golden Years came to their end in late 1978. Scottish Opera then entered into a period of uncertainty, financial crises and ill thought through senior management appointments to the point where it was in a state of near chaos by the mid-1980s. The end result of the financial and other crises of the years that followed was the closure of the Company for a year as mandated by its main funding partner, the Scottish Executive. With Scottish Opera now once again close to another golden era, it is time to reconsider the Golden Years and the reasons for what followed.This is the first book to have been written by anyone to have worked with Scottish Opera during The Golden Years. Through regular meetings and discussions therefore with many key figures in Scottish Opera, John Duffus explains from personal experience the reasons why it is no longer what it once was.
"Scottish Opera's Golden Years: The Glitter and Why it Faded" by John Duffus is available in hardback at:
The e-book version will also be released soon.
Press/Media Contact Details:
New Generation Publishing
Tel. 01234 711 956
New Generation Publishing