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Carmen 1964Sadler's Wells Opera

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Having visited Glasgow and Edinburgh in the spring, it is perhaps surprising that Sadler's Wells should return in the autumn, but the first visit only took in the central belt. This time, a further fortnight's stay, starting on 9 November, took in Glasgow again, but instead of Edinburgh, continued north to Aberdeen.

The repertoire was the same in both cities, though the order of performance varied slightly. The Glasgow schedule was: Mon Faust; Tue Girl of the Golden West; Wed Hansel and Gretel; Thu Carmen; Fri Seraglio; Sat mat Hansel and Gretel; Sat eve Faust. In Aberdeen the running order changed slightly, with Humperdinck and Mozart on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by Puccini on Friday.

The two Thursdays were therefore devoted to Carmen, repeated from the 1963 tour, with only a few of the same cast, notably Joyce Blackham and conductor John Matheson. Jon Andrew. and Robert Bickerstaff were recent recruits to the company, along with the Canadian soprano Heather Thomson. Smaller roles were taken by several interesting performers, including Margaret Neville, Derek Hammond Stroud and Stafford Dean.

The cast is taken from a programme in Aberdeen City Library.

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Kelvin Jones

Micaëla a peasant girl

Heather Thomson

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Jon Andrew

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Stafford Dean

Carmen a gypsy

Joyce Blackham

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Margaret Neville

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Barbara Rendell

Lillas Pastia an innkeeper

Leigh Maurice

Escamillo a toreador

Robert Bickerstaff

Dancaïre a smuggler

Derek Hammond Stroud

Remendado a smuggler

Louis Browne


Ronald Careford


Christina Bray

Anne Wilkinson

Michael Hogan

Performance DatesCarmen 1964

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

12 Nov, 00.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

19 Nov, 19.30

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