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Fledermaus 1968Sadler's Wells Opera

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Die Fledermaus had enjoyed several productions by the Sadler's Wells company and which were taken on tour from the thirties onwards. This generally successful staging opened at the Sadler's Wells Theatre on 28 March 1966 and stayed in the repertoire for a decade.

The early runs were notable for the beautifully-timed treatment of the dialogue by expert operetta hands such as Catherine Wilson, Emile Belcourt, Eric Shilling and Denis Dowling. The conductor on this tour was an authentic Viennese, Georg Tintner, who spent a brief period with the Wells company. He became known later on for his excellent conducting of Bruckner symphonies with the RSNO. Much of his career was devoted to Commonwealth orchestras, especially in New Zealand and Australia.

The last of the four performances was the ideal vehicle to end the company's three-week Glasgow season. The other works presented were La Belle Hélène, an old favourite on its last outing, a recent Rigoletto, and brand new productions of Don Giovanni and The Italian Girl in Algiers.

Cast details are from a programme in the OperaScotland collection.


Sadler's Wells Opera in Scotland - 1968

Only one Scottish venue for this three week visit - the King's Theatre in Glasgow.

The operas were Mozart (Don Giovanni);  Rossini (Italian Girl in Algiers);  Verdi (Rigoletto);  Offenbach (Belle Hélène); J Strauss (Fledermaus).

The performance schedule was:

Week One, w/c Mon 11 Nov:  Tue 12 Italian Girl;  Wed 13 Belle Hélène;  Thu 14 Don Giovann;  Fri 15 Italian Girl;  Sat 16 Belle Hélène.

Week Two, w/c Mon 18 Nov:  Mon 18 Fledermaus;  Tue 19 Rigoletto; Wed 20 Don Giovanni;  Thu 21 Italian Girl;  Fri 22 Fledermaus.

Week Three, w/c Mon 25 Nov;  Mon 25 Rigoletto;  Tue 26 Fledermaus;  Wed 27 Belle Hélène;  Thu 28 Rigoletto;  Fri 29 Don Giovanni;  Sat 30 Fledermaus.

Performance Cast

Alfred an Italian tenor and admirer of Rosalinde

John Brecknock

Adele the Eisensteins' maid

Margaret Gale

Rosalinde wife of Eisenstein

Catherine Wilson

Gabriel von Eisenstein

Emile Belcourt

Blind Eisenstein's lawyer

Robin Donald

Falke a notary and friend of Eisenstein

David Bowman

Frank prison governor

Denis Dowling

Ida Adele's sister

Dorothy Nash

Ivan Orlofsky's servant

Adam Sargent

Orlofsky a rich young Russian prince

Patricia Kern

Bodyguard to Orlofsky

James Richards

Frosch prison warder

Eric Shilling

Performance DatesFledermaus 1968

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King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 Nov, 19.30 22 Nov, 19.30 26 Nov, 19.30 30 Nov, 19.30

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