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Masked Ball 1953Covent Garden Opera

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Gunther Rennert's new production of Ballo had opened in London on 23 October 1952, and would be revived regularly for the next twenty years. The English translation was new, and the original Swedish setting was used - very unusual at that time. The principal singers had all sung their parts in London, and with the exception of Wasserthal had been in the first night cast. Only Edith Coates and the conductor were entirely new.

Cast as advertised, with the exception that Elfriede Wasserthal, who had visited Edinburgh with the Hamburg company the previous summer, was replaced at the last minute by Joan Sutherland.


Covent Garden Opera in Scotland - 1953

Week commencing Monday, 23 February:  Mon 23 Aïda;  Tue 24  Marriage of Figaro;  Wed 25  Tristan and Isolde;  Thu 26 Bohème;  Fri 27 Masked Ball;  Sat 28 m Bohème; Sat 28 e Trovatore.

Performance Cast

Count Ribbing a conspirator (Sam)

Frederick Dalberg

Count Horn a conspirator (Tom)

Michael Langdon

Oscar page to Gustavus (Edgar)

Adèle Leigh

Gustavus III King of Sweden (Riccardo)

Edgar Evans

Anckarström friend to the king (Renato)

Jess Walters

Mamzell Arvidson a fortune-teller (Ulrica)

Edith Coates

Amelia wife of Anckarström (Adelia)

Joan Sutherland

Performance DatesMasked Ball 1953

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Empire Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

27 Feb, 19.00

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