Opera Scotland

Zauberflöte 1962Sadler's Wells Opera

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The quality of this Magic Flute cast is quite remarkable, led by John Wakefield and Elizabeth Harwood. Don Garrard kept Sarastro in his repertoire for many years, eventually returning to Scotland in the Jonathan Miller production for Scottish Opera in 1983. Catherine Wilson and Gregory Dempsey both spent large sections of their careers with Scottish Opera as exciting singing actors. Donald McIntyre takes all the subsidiary bass roles, while Tom Swift, in the tenor parts, spent several years based in Germany before returning to the company as an excellent Verdian. Note, too, the young Dundee soprano Elizabeth Robson, at the start of her career, leading the three boys.

The three-week Scottish tour began on 1 October at the Edinburgh King's, followed by Aberdeen then Glasgow - that week unusually being at the Glasgow Empire. The schedule for the Aberdeen week was: Mon Bartered Bride; Tue Tosca; Wed Rigoletto; Thu Bartered Bride; Fri Magic Flute; Sat mat & eve Iolanthe. The other venues saw the same operas, usually in a slightly different order (the Flute on Monday in both cases).

Cast details are from a programme in Aberdeen City Library.

Performance Cast

Tamino a Prince

John Wakefield

First Lady in attendance on the Queen

Estelle Valery

Second Lady in attendance on the Queen

Catherine Wilson

Third Lady in attendance on the Queen

Maureen Guy

Papageno a bird-catcher

Gwyn Griffiths

Queen of Night

France Dion

Monostatos a servant in the Temple

Gregory Dempsey

Pamina daughter of the Queen of Night

Elizabeth Harwood

First Boy

Elizabeth Robson

Second Boy

Margaret Gale

Third Boy

Mary Gilmore

Speaker at the Temple

Donald McIntyre

Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris

Don Garrard

First Priest

Tom Swift

Second Priest

Donald McIntyre

Papagena disguised as an old woman

Diana Chadwick

First Armed Man

Tom Swift

Second Armed Man

Donald McIntyre

Production Cast


Warwick Braithwaite

Performance DatesZauberflöte 1962

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

1 Oct, 00.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

12 Oct, 19.30

Empire Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

15 Oct, 00.00

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