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Fledermaus 1960Sadler's Wells Opera

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1958 was the year in which Sadler's Wells had launched its enormously successful Merry Widow production.  The following season saw a second Viennese favourite as logical follow-up.  Die Fledermaus had been a popular piece during the war,  but the company had not touched it since.  In 1960 it was toured round Edinburgh,  Aberdeen and Glasgow, with that last city seeing it again in the spring of 1961.

Like the Merry Widow, this production featured in a successful disc of highlights issued soon after.  John Heddle Nash (ill on the Glasgow first night) and Anna Pollak were the only two of this cast to feature in the recording.


Sadler's Wells Opera's Scottish Tours - 1960

Sadler's Wells Opera made two visits in 1960.  In spring there were three weeks - Edinburgh (King's) followed by Aberdeen (His Majesty's) and Glasgow (Empire).  In October a week in Glasgow (Empire) was followed by a week in Dundee (Gaumont).

The ten operas performed on thess tours were:  Mozart (Don Giovanni);  Rossini (Barber of Seville,  Cinderella);  Wagner (Tannhäuser);  J Strauss (Fledermaus);  Puccini (Bohème,  Madam Butterfly);  Humperdinck (Hansel and Gretel);  Giordano (Andrea Chénier);  German (Merrie England).

Edinburgh, w/c 29 February:  Mon 29 Fledermaus;  Tue 1 Mar Cinderella;  Wed 2 Tannhäuser;  Thu 3 Don Giovanni;  Fri 4 Cinderella;  Sat 5 m Fledermaus;  Sat 5 e Bohème.

Aberdeen, w/c 7 March:  Mon 7 Fledermaus;  Tue 8 Don Giovanni;  Wed 9 Cinderella;  Thu 10 Bohème;  Fri 11 Tannhäuser;  Sat 12 m Fledermaus;  Sat 12 e Cinderella.

Glasgow, w/c 14 March:  Mon 14 Cinderella;  Tue 15 Tannhäuser;  Wed 16 Bohème;  Thu 17 Fledermaus;  Fri 18 Don Giovanni;  Sat 19 m Fledermaus;  Sat 19 e Cinderella.

Glasgow, w/c 17 October:  Mon 17 Barber of Seville;  Tue 18 Andrea Chénier;  Wed 19 Merrie England;  Thu 20 Barber of Seville;  Fri 21 Hansel and Gretel;  Sat 22 m Merrie England;  Sat 22 e Madam Butterfly.

Dundee, w/c 24 October:  Mon 24 Merrie England;  Tue 25 Hansel and Gretel;  Wed 26 Barber of Seville;  Thu 27 Madam Butterfly;  Fri 28 Andrea Chénier;  Sat 29 m Barber of Seville;  Sat 29 e Merrie England.

 Details of this cast are from the review in the Glasgow Herald of 18 March.

Performance Cast

Adele the Eisensteins' maid

Margaret Nisbet

Rosalinde wife of Eisenstein

Joan Stuart

Alfred an Italian tenor and admirer of Rosalinde

Joseph Powell

Gabriel von Eisenstein

Kevin Miller

Falke a notary and friend of Eisenstein

John Heddle Nash (Exc Mar 17)

Ronald Maconaghie (Mar 17)

Frank prison governor

Evan Thomas

Orlofsky a rich young Russian prince

Anna Pollak

Performance DatesFledermaus 1960

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

29 Feb, 19.00 5 Mar, 14.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

7 Mar, 19.30 12 Mar, 14.30

Empire Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

17 Mar, 19.00 19 Mar, 14.00

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