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Eugene Onegin 1957Sadler's Wells Opera

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During his final years working with Scottish Opera, Eugene Onegin was clearly one of Alexander Gibson's favourite pieces, conducted in several revivals of the memorably detailed and intimate staging by David Pountney.  It is easy to forget that until then the work had not been frequently given in Scotland.  This single performance is the only instance of its being toured here by any national company between the demise of Moody-Manners and the Glyndebourne visit of 1971.

Brief cast details are from the Glasgow Herald review.  The success of the party and ballroom is particularly marked, with the 'crowded stage scenes Sadler's Wells handle so brilliantly'.  Even this early in his experience of the work,   Alexander Gibson clearly paced the climaxes of the duel scene and closing duet highly effectively.


Sadler's Wells Opera on tour in Scotland -  1957

The four week tour of Scotland for once omitted Edinburgh, going to Aberdeen and Dundee instead.  Having been without professional opera since before the war, Dundee had received hugely successful visits by Carl Rosa in 1955 and 1956, so it was logical for the Wells to follow on, as they did annually with equal success until the theatre again became unavailable in 1961.  The repertoire in each city was similar but for Dundee not hearing Il trovatore (an extra Bohème instead) and Glasgow also getting Eugene Onegin and Puccini's Trittico.

The works performed were:  Mozart (Marriage of Figaro);  Flotow (Martha);  Verdi (TrovatoreTraviata);  Smetana (Bartered Bride);  Tchaikovsky (Eugene Onegin);  Puccini (BohèmeToscaTabarro,  Suor AngelicaGianni Schicchi).  

The tour schedule was as follows:

Aberdeen, w/c 1 April:  Mon 1  Traviata;  Tue 2  Tosca;  Wed 3  Martha;  Thu 4  Trovatore;  Fri 5  Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 6 mat Bartered Bride;  Sat 6 eve  Bohème.

Dundee, w/c 8 April:  Mon 8  Traviata;  Tue 9  Bohème;  Wed 10  Marriage of Figaro;  Thu 11  Martha;  Fri 12  Tosca;  Sat 13 mat  Bohème;  Sat 3 eve  Bartered Bride.

Glasgow, w/c 15 April:  Mon 15  Trovatore;  Tue 16  Bohème;  Wed 17  Tosca;  Thu 18  Trovatore;  Fri 19  Martha;  Sat 20 Mat  Bartered Bride;  Sat 20 eve  Tosca

Glasgow, w/c 22 April:  Mon 22  Marriage of Figaro;  Tue 23  Martha;  Wed 24  Tabarro & Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi;  Thu 25  Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 26 Eugene Onegin;  Sat 27 mat  Traviata.;  Sat 27 eve Bartered Bride.

Performance Cast

Tatyana Larina's elder daughter

Patricia Howard (Apr 26)

Olga Larina's younger daughter

Elizabeth Robinson (Apr 26)

Vladimir Lensky a neighbour, engaged to Olga

Rowland Jones (Apr 26)

Eugene Onegin Lensky's friend

Frederick Sharp (Apr 26)

Prince Gremin a retired general

Harold Blackburn (Apr 26)

Performance DatesEugene Onegin 1957

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King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

26 Apr, 19.30

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