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Bluebeard 1969Sadler's Wells Opera

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Seven performances in the three main theatrical centres of this delightful, but neglected work, which was beautifully cast, and expertly conducted by the increasingly versatile Roderick Brydon.

The 1968 visit to Glasgow had featured a repertoire of only five works and seems rather lightweight. This time there were eight, with some relative rareties.


Sadler's Wells Opera in Scotland - 1969

The 1969 tour was the last occasion on which Sadler's Wells visited Aberdeen.  There was a single week in Edinburgh (King's Theatre), followed by one in Aberdeen (His Majesty's) and three in Glasgow (King's).  Eight operas were brought, four being seen in all three cities and a further four just in Glasgow.

The operas were:  Mozart (Magic Flute);  Rossini (Count Ory);  Verdi (Force of Destiny);  Offenbach (Bluebeard);  Sullivan (Patience);  Puccini (Madam Butterfly);  Strauss (Ariadne on Naxos) and Stravinsky (Rake's Progress).

The tour schedule was as follows:

Edinburgh, w/c 13 October:  Mon 13 Magic Flute;  Tue 14 Rake's Progress;  Wed 15 Bluebeard;  Thu 16 Magic Flute;  Fri 17 Force of Destiny;  Sat 18 Bluebeard

Aberdeen, w/c 20 October:  Mon 20 Magic Flute;  Tue 21 Rake's Progress;  Wed 22 Bluebeard;  Thu 23 Magic Flute;  Fri 24 Force of Destiny;  Sat 25 Bluebeard.

Glasgow, w/c 27 October:  Mon 27 np;  Tue 28 Magic Flute;  Wed 29 Count Ory;  Thu 30 Bluebeard;  Fri 31 Rake's Progress;  Sat 1 Nov Bluebeard.

Glasgow, w/c 3 November:  Mon 3 Count Ory;  Tue 4 Bluebeard;  Wed 5 Force of Destiny;  Thu 6 Rake's Progress;  Fri 7 Magic Flute;  Sat 8 Force of Destiny.

Glasgow, w/c 10 November:  Mon 10 Patience;  Tue 11 Ariadne on Naxos;  Wed 12 Madam Butterfly;  Thu 13 Ariadne on Naxos;  Fri 14 Patience;  Sat 15  Madam Butterfly.

Performance Cast

Duke Bluebeard

John Brecknock

Boulotte a swineherd

Ann Howard

King Bobèche

John Fryatt

Queen Clementine

Margaret Burton

Popolani alchemist employed by Bluebeard

David Bowman

Count Oscar Court Chamberlain

Julian Moyle

Princess Helena disguised as Fleurette

Janet Gail

Prince Lysander disguised as Florian

Kevin Miller


Paul Janssen

Heloise the first wife

Marie Robinson

Rosalind the second wife

Valerie Robinson

Isolda the third wife

Frances Reid

Blanche the fourth wife

Jane Whitehead

Leonora the fifth wife

Phyllis Glavin

Performance DatesBluebeard 1969

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

15 Oct, 19.30 18 Oct, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

22 Oct, 19.30 25 Oct, 19.30

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

30 Oct, 19.30 1 Nov, 19.30 4 Nov, 19.30

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