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Fliegende Holländer 1966Sadler's Wells Opera

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Dennis Arundell's staging of the Dutchman was a landmark in the history of Sadler's Wells, a modern production dominated by the designs of Timothy O'Brien and especially Charles Bristow's atmospheric lighting. It was first seen at Sadler's Wells Theatre on 29 October 1958, and remained a fixture in the repertoire through the sixties. It briefly survived the 1968 transfer to the far larger Coliseum. It must also have been the project that led on to even more famous stagings of Mastersingers and the Ring.

The programme for the first week, in Edinburgh commencing 21 March, was as follows: Mon Flying Dutchman; Tue Marriage of Figaro; Wed Hansel and Gretel; Thu Flying Dutchman; Fri Thieving Magpie; Sat mat Hansel and Gretel; Sat eve Marriage of Figaro. The schedule in the other two cities was identical, with the single exception that in Glasgow Figaro was replaced by The Barber of Seville.

These singers were long-term members of the company, with the exception of the leading Australian bass Neil Warren-Smith, and at this stage had little experience of Wagner - a situation that would rapidly change. During this spring, Donald McIntyre was preparing to sing Hunding in Die Walküre (in German) with Scottish Opera, and would quickly go on to perform the major Wagner roles, including Wotan, at Covent Garden, Bayreuth and elsewhere. Elizabeth Fretwell was also in that Walküre cast, as Sieglinde.

Cast details are from a programme in Aberdeen City Library and a Glasgow programme in the collection at Opera Scotland, supplemented by further records in the ENO archive.

Performance Cast

Daland a Norwegian sea captain

Neil Warren-Smith


Donald Pilley


Donald McIntyre (Mar 21)

Raimund Herincx (Mar 24, 28, 31; Apr 4, 7)

Senta Daland's daughter

Rita Hunter (Mar 21)

Elizabeth Fretwell (Mar 24, 28, 31; Apr 4, 7)

Mary Daland's housekeeper, once Senta's nurse

Ann Robson

Erik a huntsman

Alberto Remedios

Performance DatesFliegende Holländer 1966

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

21 Mar, 00.00 24 Mar, 00.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

28 Mar, 19.30 31 Mar, 19.30

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

4 Apr, 19.30 7 Apr, 19.30

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