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Barbier von Bagdad 1956Hamburg State Opera

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Leopold Ludwig and his Hamburg forces had gained invaluable experience in 1952 when they had brought substantial pieces such as Fidelio, Meistersinger and Rosenkavalier to the diminutive King's. Perhaps that is why the only truly large-scale item on the 1956 programme was Salome. Then again, in 1968 they would come back with the Dutchman and Elektra.

In addition to Salome, the 1956 visit included Die Zauberflöte, a double-bill of little-known Stravinsky pieces, Oedipus Rex and Mavra, with a real rarity in the delightful comedy The Barber of Bagdad by Peter Cornelius.

Here, the title role was taken by a notable bass of the period, Arnold van Mill. Two young Hungarians take the romantic leads - Sándor Kónya, in particular, had an international career in the sixties, including singing Wagner at Bayreuth.

Performance Cast


Georg Mund

Baba Mustapha a Cadi

Kurt Marschner

Margiana the Cadi's daughter

Melitta Muszely

Bostana an elderly relation of the Cadi

Gisela Litz

Nureddin a young gentleman

Sándor Kónya (Aug 23, 25)

Heinz Hoppe (Sep 7)

Abdul Hassan Ali Ebn Bekar a barber

Arnold van Mill


Jürgen Förster

Performance DatesBarbier von Bagdad 1956

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

23 Aug, 19.00 25 Aug, 19.00 7 Sep, 19.00

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