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Così fan tutte 1944Sadler's Wells Opera

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These early performances represent the first production of Così by Sadler's Wells, and they certainly put out a top cast of principals, including the company's director, Joan Cross, as Fiordiligi. She, Peter Pears and Owen Brannigan would all play leading roles in the premiere of Peter Grimes the following year.  Margaret Ritchie was cast as Dorabella. She was a light lyric soprano, and that is a voice type that is again becoming fashionable instead of the darker mezzo sound of recent decades - but then Joan Cross was herself the possessor of a powerfully dramatic voice.

Rose Hill, who sang Despina, sang regularly for Sadler's Wells and at Glyndebourne, before turning to acting, when she performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company among others. She may also be remembered for regular appearances as Madame Fanny in the TV series 'Allo, 'Allo late in her career.

Cast details are from a copy of the programme in the A M Gardiner collection at the Mitchell Library

Performance Cast

Ferrando a young army officer

Peter Pears

Guglielmo another officer, Ferrando's friend

John Hargreaves

Don Alfonso a middle-aged bachelor

Owen Brannigan

Fiordiligi a young lady from Ferrara, engaged to Guglielmo

Joan Cross

Dorabella Fiordiligi's sister, engaged to Ferrando

Margaret Ritchie

Despina maidservant to the sisters

Rose Hill

Performance DatesCosì fan tutte 1944

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

31 Oct, 19.15 4 Nov, 19.15 8 Nov, 14.15

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

14 Nov, 19.00 17 Nov, 19.00 22 Nov, 19.00

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