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Cenerentola 1961Sadler's Wells Opera

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This revival contains some interesting cast features, particularly Catherine Wilson in the title role.  For most of her career she sang soprano roles, but early on she was a mezzo - though even so this part does lie very low.  She did not sing it for long.

Alexander Young had a lovely lyric tenor and a sly sense of humour, which would be shown even better when he sang Count Ory in 1963.  Heather Begg was very tall, with excellent comic timing, and must have been delightfully incongruous as Tisbe, contrasted with the diminutive Iris Kells as her sister.


Sadler's Wells Opera in Scotland - 1961

There were two Scottish visits, with Aberdeen omitted altogether.  The Spring tour of three weeks began on 17 April and visited Glasgow (Empire), Edinburgh (King's) and Dundee (Gaument). This was the final visit to Dundee before the Gaumont's closure. In Autumn the company returned on 13 November to the Glasgow Empire followed by a week in Edinburgh.

The ten operas on the tour were:  Mozart (Marriage of Figaro);  Rossini (Barber of SevilleCinderella);  Wagner (Tannhäuser);  Verdi (Traviata);  Offenbach (Orpheus in the Underworld);  J Strauss (Fledermaus); Puccini (BohèmeTosca);  Lehár (Land of Smiles).

The Scottish tour schedule was:

Glasgow, w/c 17 April:  Mon 17 Traviata;  Tue 18 Barber of Seville;  Wed 19 Marriage of Figaro;  Thu 20 Fledermaus;  Fri 21 Tosca;  Sat 22 m Fledermaus;  Sat 22 e Barber of Seville.

Edinburgh, w/c 24 April:  Mon 24 Traviata;  Tue 25 Barber of Seville;  Wed 26 Tosca;  Thu 27 Land of Smiles;  Fri 28 Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 29 m Land of Smiles;  Sat 29 e Barber of Seville.

Dundee, w/c  1 May:  Mon 1 Tosca;  Tue 2 Traviata;  Wed 3 Marriage of Figaro;  Thu 4 Barber of Seville;  Fri 5 Land of Smiles;  Sat 6 m Land of Smiles;  Sat 6 e Barber of Seville.

Edinburgh, w/c 6 November:  Mon 6 Orpheus in the Underworld;  Tue 7 Bohème;  Wed 8 Cinderella;  Thu 9 Traviata;  Fri 10 Tannhäuser;  Sat 11 m Orpheus in the Underworld;  Sat 11 e Bohème.

Glasgow, w/c 13 November:  Mon 13 Orpheus in the Underworld;  Tue 14 Tannhäuser;  Wed 15 Bohème;  Thu 16 Traviata;  Fri 17 Cinderella;  Sat 18 m Orpheus in the Underworld;  Sat 18 e Bohème.  


Cast details from a programme in Edinburgh City Library, confirmed by one in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

Performance Cast

Clorinda daughter of Don Magnifico

Iris Kells

Tisbe Clorinda's sister

Heather Begg

Angelina known as Cinderella, Magnifico's stepdaughter

Catherine Wilson

Alidoro Ramiro's tutor, a philosopher

Eric Stannard

Don Magnifico Baron of Montefiascone

Eric Shilling

Don Ramiro Prince of Salerno

Alexander Young

Dandini the Prince's valet

John Heddle Nash

Performance DatesCenerentola 1961

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

8 Nov, 19.00

Empire Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

17 Nov, 19.00

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