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Doctors in Opera book




Dr Ian Robertson is a past chairman of The Friends of Scottish Opera who has given many humorous illustrated lectures to Friends’ branches and groups on doctors who appear as characters in operas.


Ian has now expanded these talks and has written Doctors in Opera, a rigorously researched and mischievous overview of more than 100 operatic medicos. In this 114-page, illustrated book, published by Scottish Opera, Ian takes an affectionate sideswipe at everyone, from the verbose quack Dr Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore to the brief, tuneless (and terminal) appearance of the Professor of Medicine in Berg’s Lulu.


A former Professor of Medicine himself, and a member of the Scottish Opera board of directors from 1999 to 2008, Ian is well placed to analyse the surprisingly numerous operatic appearances of GPs, psychiatrists, surgeons, ophthalmologists, cardiologists, impostors – even a canine doctor – in works from Dittersdorf to Turnage, via Mozart, Verdi, Prokofiev, Britten, Maxwell Davies and many more.
Whether as a treat for yourself or a gift for an opera-loving friend, Doctors in Opera is sure to raise a smile. A contribution from the sale of every copy of Doctors in Opera will go to Scottish Opera.

If you'd like to purchase a copy, please fill in and return the booking form, along with your payment, to: Doctors in Opera book, Scottish Opera, 39 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow G2 4PT.