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Zauberflöte 1942Sadler's Wells Opera

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The second visit to Scotland by Sadler's Wells Opera in 1942 only lasted two weeks and came rather later in the spring season than usual.   Also, the Edinburgh week took place in the intimate Lyceum, not used for opera for some time now.

The repertoire was substantially different from that of the previous year, and in Glasgow only the Traviata production was returning.  The company was larger than before, over 50 artistes and an orchestra of thirty.  The services of the Scottish Orchestra were not this time called on - in June, the winter season having ended, they were probably not available anyway.

The Glasgow programme, for the week commencing 15 June was:  Mon Rigoletto,  Tue Barber of Seville,  Wed mat Rigoletto,  Wed eve Traviata,  Thu Barber,  Fri Magic Flute,  Sat mat Magic Flute,  Sat eve Traviata.

In Edinburgh the following week the Flute was replaced by further performances of Madam Butterfly, while the order was also adjusted:  Mon Traviata,  Tue Butterfly,  Wed mat Barber,  Wed eve Rigoletto,  Thu Barber,  Fri Butterfly,  Sat mat Traviata,  Sat eve Rigoletto.

The Magic Flute was a surprisingly rare feature of the operatic repertoire at this time, and from a historical standpoint the most intriguing feature of this staging is that it was directed by the important modernist choreographer Kurt Jooss.  It seems to have been well received by the press.  The near-complete cast for 19 June is from the Glasgow Herald.  The Scotsman also attended this performance and was equally enthusiastic.

Performance Cast

Tamino a Prince

Ben Williams

First Lady in attendance on the Queen

Elisabeth Abercrombie

Second Lady in attendance on the Queen

Kate Jackson

Third Lady in attendance on the Queen

Edith Coates

Papageno a bird-catcher

Edmund Donlevy

Queen of Night

Barbara Beaumont

Monostatos a servant in the Temple

Powell Lloyd

Pamina daughter of the Queen of Night

Rose Hill

First Boy

Minnia Bower

Second Boy

Rose Morris

Third Boy

Valetta Iacopi

Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris

Ronald Stear

Papagena disguised as an old woman

Sybil Hambleton

Performance DatesZauberflöte 1942

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

19 Jun, 19.00 20 Jun, 14.00

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