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Nozze di Figaro 1966Sadler's Wells Opera

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Spring 1966 saw Sadler's Wells spend a week in each of the three cities that had a suitable theatre, with Edinburgh followed by Aberdeen then Glasgow. The programme for the first week, commencing 21 March, was as follows: Mon Flying Dutchman; Tue Marriage of Figaro; Wed Hansel and Gretel; Thu Flying Dutchman; Fri Thieving Magpie; Sat mat Hansel and Gretel; Sat eve Marriage of Figaro. The schedule in the other two cities was identical, with the single exception that in Glasgow Figaro was replaced by The Barber of Seville.

This new production of Figaro, launched in 1965, was of historic importance for two reasons. Firstly a change to the musical order in Act 3, suggested by Robert Moberly, introduced a more logical playing sequence than that originally adopted because of the necessary doubling of parts at the premiere. Secondly, Charles Mackerras, the original conductor, introduced some new ornamentation, something people were unaccustomed to, but far closer to what the original singers would have performed.

Two of the singers were familiar - John Cameron had sung Figaro for many years, and Patricia Bartlett, so often the Countess in the previous staging, here sang Marcellina. The young Scottish soprano Ann Baird spent several seasons in the Sadler's Wells Chorus, singing short roles, but returned home to join Scottish Opera soon afterwards. Janice Chapman, another Australian, had appeared with Scottish Opera the previous year, and spent several seasons with Sadler's Wells, as well as working at Covent Garden.

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

Performance Cast

Figaro the Count's valet

John Cameron

Susanna the Countess's maid

Cynthia Johnston

Cherubino the Count's page

Ann Baird

Count Almaviva a Spanish grandee

Lawrence Folley

Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper

Patricia Bartlett

Bartolo a doctor, the Countess's former guardian

Eric Stannard

Don Basilio a priest and music master

John Carolan

Countess Almaviva

Janice Chapman

Antonio a gardener, Susanna's uncle

Graham Nicholls

Don Curzio a lawyer

Stanley Bevan

Barbarina daugher of Antonio

Josephine Gale

First Peasant Girl

Valerie Robinson

Second Peasant Girl

Janet Mays


Carole Hall

Roger Jackson 2

Rosemary Preus

John Cunningham

Performance DatesNozze di Figaro 1966

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

22 Mar, 19.30 26 Mar, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

29 Mar, 19.30 2 Apr, 19.30

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