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Cenerentola 1960Sadler's Wells Opera

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Cinderella was the first of a batch of five Rossini operas that Sadler's Wells mounted through the sixties.  It opened at Sadler's Wells Theatre on 29 October 1959, and would visit Scotland during five tours over the coming years.  It was only after the production wore out (alone of these Rossini stagings it did not transfer to the Coliseum) that Scottish Opera mounted its own production of the work for Christmas 1969 - with Patricia Kern returning in the title role.


Sadler's Wells Opera's Scottish Tours - 1960

Sadler's Wells Opera made two visits in 1960.  In spring there were three weeks - Edinburgh (King's) followed by Aberdeen (His Majesty's) and Glasgow (Empire).  In October a week in Glasgow (Empire) was followed by a week in Dundee (Gaumont).

The ten operas performed on thess tours were:  Mozart (Don Giovanni);  Rossini (Barber of Seville,  Cinderella);  Wagner (Tannhäuser);  J Strauss (Fledermaus);  Puccini (Bohème,  Madam Butterfly);  Humperdinck (Hansel and Gretel);  Giordano (Andrea Chénier);  German (Merrie England).

Edinburgh, w/c 29 February:  Mon 29 Fledermaus;  Tue 1 Mar Cinderella;  Wed 2 Tannhäuser;  Thu 3 Don Giovanni;  Fri 4 Cinderella;  Sat 5 m Fledermaus;  Sat 5 e Bohème.

Aberdeen, w/c 7 March:  Mon 7 Fledermaus;  Tue 8 Don Giovanni;  Wed 9 Cinderella;  Thu 10 Bohème;  Fri 11 Tannhäuser;  Sat 12 m Fledermaus;  Sat 12 e Cinderella.

Glasgow, w/c 14 March:  Mon 14 Cinderella;  Tue 15 Tannhäuser;  Wed 16 Bohème;  Thu 17 Fledermaus;  Fri 18 Don Giovanni;  Sat 19 m Fledermaus;  Sat 19 e Cinderella.

Glasgow, w/c 17 October:  Mon 17 Barber of Seville;  Tue 18 Andrea Chénier;  Wed 19 Merrie England;  Thu 20 Barber of Seville;  Fri 21 Hansel and Gretel;  Sat 22 m Merrie England;  Sat 22 e Madam Butterfly.

Dundee, w/c 24 October:  Mon 24 Merrie England;  Tue 25 Hansel and Gretel;  Wed 26 Barber of Seville;  Thu 27 Madam Butterfly;  Fri 28 Andrea Chénier;  Sat 29 m Barber of Seville;  Sat 29 e Merrie England.


Details of the Cinderella cast for 1 March are from a programme in Edinburgh City Library.

Performance Cast

Clorinda daughter of Don Magnifico

Iris Kells (Mar 1, 12)

Tisbe Clorinda's sister

Anna Pollak (Mar 1)

Ann Robson (Mar 12)

Angelina known as Cinderella, Magnifico's stepdaughter

Patricia Kern (Mar 1)

Barbara Howitt (Mar 12)

Alidoro Ramiro's tutor, a philosopher

Leon Greene (Mar 1, 12)

Don Magnifico Baron of Montefiascone

Howell Glynne (Mar 1)

Eric Shilling (Mar 12)

Don Ramiro Prince of Salerno

Gerald Davies (Mar 1, 12)

Dandini the Prince's valet

John Heddle Nash (Mar 1, 12)

Performance DatesCenerentola 1960

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

1 Mar, 19.30 4 Mar, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

9 Mar, 19.30 12 Mar, 19.30

Empire Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

14 Mar, 19.30 19 Mar, 19.30

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