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Così fan tutte 1966Sadler's Wells Opera

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The Sadler's Wells company had already toured Scotland in the spring of 1966, but here they were back in the autumn, again for three weeks, starting 19 September. The tour order was reversed - Glasgow, Aberdeen, then Edinburgh. The performance schedule, identical in each city, was Mon Così fan tutte; Tue Thieving Magpie; Wed Madam Butterfly; Thu Samson and Delilah; Fri Bluebeard; Sat mat Bluebeard; Sat eve Madam Butterfly. Rossini's almost unknown piece was therefore given a second viewing within months, and an unknown Offenbach comedy was brought out for good measure.

This was the second visit of Glen Byam Shaw's light-hearted Mozart production, and four of the cast were unchanged since 1964, only the sisters being new. There was also a different conductor, a young Irishman, Kenneth Montgomery, whose intermittent visits to Scotland would span half a century, working with Scottish Opera again in 2015.

Cast details are from programmes in Aberdeen City Library and, for Glasgow, the OperaScotland collection.

Performance Cast

Ferrando a young army officer

David Hillman

Guglielmo another officer, Ferrando's friend

Gerwyn Morgan

Don Alfonso a middle-aged bachelor

Denis Dowling

Fiordiligi a young lady from Ferrara, engaged to Guglielmo

Barbara Rendell

Dorabella Fiordiligi's sister, engaged to Ferrando

Maureen Morelle

Despina maidservant to the sisters

Iris Kells

Performance DatesCosì fan tutte 1966

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

19 Sep, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

26 Sep, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

3 Oct, 19.00

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