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Zauberflöte 1963Sadler's Wells Opera

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An interesting Magic Flute cast kicked off this Sadler's Wells week in Aberdeen, with the same team repeating the piece on Friday. The Scottish tenor William McAlpine was now enjoying an international career, but would soon start regular appearances with Scottish Opera as well. Pauline Tinsley, making her Scottish debut, seems a surprising choice as Queen of Night, but she always had a rivetingly dramatic approach to everything she sang. Her later Mozart roles included Susanna and Fiordiligi as well as Elettra and Elvira, but she had already started singing Wagner, with appearances as Elsa the previous year with Welsh National. Eric Shilling is interesting casting as Papageno, as he is more usually associated with elderly comic characters, even when he was younger.

The schedule for this Aberdeen week, commencing 11 November was: Mon Magic Flute; Tue Carmen; Wed Don Pasquale; Thu Magic Flute; Fri Cav & Pag; Sat mat & eve Belle Hélène. At the other two venues the order changed slightly over the first three days, but the content was the same.


Sadler's Wells Opera in Scotland - 1963.

The first Scottish visit consisted of a single week in February at the Glasgow Empire.  The company returned for three weeks in November, one each at Edinburgh (King's), Aberdeen (His Majesty's) and Glsgow (King's).

The nine operas performed were by Mozart (Magic Flute); Donizetti (Don Pasquale);  Verdi (Traviata); Offenbach (Belle Hélène);  Bizet (Carmen);  Sullivan (Mikado);  Leoncavallo (Pagliacci);  Puccini (Girl of the Golden West); Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana).

The Scottish tour schedule was as follows:

Glasgow, w/c 19 February:  Mon 18 Carmen;  Tue 19 Cav & Pag;   Wed 20 Traviata;  Thu 21 Girl of the Golden West;  Fri 22 Carmen;  Sat 23 m Mikado;  Sat 23 e Mikado.

Edinburgh, w/c 4 November:  Mon 4 Magic Flute;  Tue 5 Don Pasquale;  Wed 6 Carmen;  Thu 7 Magic Flute;  Fri 8 Cav & Pag;   Sat 9 m Belle Hélène;  Sat 9 e Belle Hélène

Aberdeen,  w/c 11 November:  Mon 11 Magic Flute;  Tue 12 Carmen;  Wed 13 Don Pasquale;  Thu 14 Cav & Pag; Fri 15 Magic Flute;  Sat 16 m Belle Hélène;  Sat 16 e Belle Hélène.

Glasgow, w/c 18 November: Mon 18 Don Pasquale;  Tue 19 Magic Flute;  Wed 20 Carmen;  Thu 21 Magic Flute;  Fri 22 Cav & Pag;  Sat 23 m Belle Hélène;  Sat 23 e Belle Hélène.


Cast details are from a programme in the Aberdeen City Library.

Performance Cast

Tamino a Prince

William McAlpine

First Lady in attendance on the Queen

Barbara Rendell

Second Lady in attendance on the Queen

Gwynneth Jenkins

Third Lady in attendance on the Queen

Elisabeth Bergman

Papageno a bird-catcher

Eric Shilling

Queen of Night

Pauline Tinsley

Monostatos a servant in the Temple

John Fryatt

Pamina daughter of the Queen of Night

Wendy Baldwin

First Boy

Ellen Dales

Second Boy

Paula Dean

Third Boy

Mary Gilmore

Speaker at the Temple

Eric Stannard

Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris

Don Garrard

First Priest

John Carolan

Second Priest

Eric Stannard

Papagena disguised as an old woman

Dorothy Nash

First Armed Man

John Carolan

Second Armed Man

Eric Stannard

Production Cast


Frank Doolan

Performance DatesZauberflöte 1963

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

4 Nov, 00.00 7 Nov, 00.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

11 Nov, 19.30 15 Nov, 19.30

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

19 Nov, 00.00 21 Nov, 00.00

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