OPERA PRODUCTIONS IN GLASGOW
1990 - 1994
In 1990, as part of the celebrations to mark Glasgow's year as European City of Culture, the first Glasgow International Early Music Festival took place. Featuring artists from all over the world, high points were appearances by La Grande Ecurie with Jean-Claude Malgoire, Gothic Voices, Complete Baroque, Hesperion XX and Jordi Savall, Hortus Musicus (Tallin), Melvyn Tan, Sequentia, the London Oboe Band, and the Scottish Early Music Consort's production of La Vita Humana. This venture was extremely successful and another Festival was scheduled for 1992. This was an even more wide-ranging affair, featuring musicians from rural Romania alongside Les Arts Florissants, La Stagione Frankfurt, Camerata Cologne, The European Community Baroque Orchestra, Sinfonye, Ars Nova Warsaw and many others both in the main Festival and on a very lively fringe. The SEMC's contribution that year was another opera at the Tramway with a libretto by Giulio Rospigliosi, La Baltasara.
In subsequent years there were two more Festivals and the SEMC continued to present seasons of concerts and music theatre until 1998. For more information about the SEMC and the GIEMF, contact Dr Warwick Edwards at the music department, Glasgow University.
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1990: La Vita Humana ovvero Il trionfo della Pietà: music by Marco Marrazzoli
1992: La Baltasara ovvero La Comica del Cielo: music by Abbattini