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Falstaff 1955Glyndebourne Opera

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The 1955 Edinburgh season by the Glyndebourne Opera consisted of three masterpieces of the Italian repertoire. Rossini's Barbiere di Siviglia and Verdi's Falstaff were generally acknowledged as such. Perhaps the jury was still out on an earlier Verdi piece, La forza del destino, but this revival certainly helped to establish it.

Giulini might seem an obvious choice (if available) to conduct a new production of Falstaff. However this was his first appearance with Glyndebourne and he was originally booked to conduct the other, more melodramatic, Verdi work in the schedule. He only transferred across when Vittorio Gui's health prevented his working that summer. Forza was taken on by John Pritchard. Gui's other opera, Barbiere, was conducted by Alberto Erede.

Corena was at the height of his powers as a comic bass-baritone, and most of the Italian cast members fitted in well. The familiar lyric tenor Juan Oncina was replaced at one performance as Fenton by the young Australian Kevin Miller. This debut led to a host of appearances over the next couple of decades.

Glyndebourne has always been a training ground for notable young singers. This year was no exception, with names including Heather Harper, Patricia Kern, Kevin Miller, Leon Green and David Kelly.

Performance Cast

Sir John Falstaff a knight

Fernando Corena

Pistola Pistol, a follower of Falstaff

Marco Stefanoni

Bardolfo Bardolph, a follower of Falstaff

Daniel McCoshan

Caius Dr Caius, a Frenchman

Dermot Troy

Meg Mistress Page

Fernanda Cadoni

Alice Mistress Alice Ford, wife of Ford

Anna Maria Rovere

Nannetta daughter of the Fords

Eugenia Ratti

Quickly Mistress Quickly, a confidante of Alice and Meg

Oralia Dominguez

Ford a merchant of Windsor

Walter Monachesi

Fenton a young gentleman

Juan Oncina

Kevin Miller (Aug 29)

Performance DatesFalstaff 1955

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

23 Aug, 19.30 25 Aug, 19.30 27 Aug, 19.30 29 Aug, 19.30 2 Sep, 19.30 7 Sep, 19.30

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