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Freischütz 1965Sadler's Wells Opera

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The programme included the first local appearance of a famous Wagner staging, a fresh look at Figaro, and a very rare sighting of Weber's Freischütz.

This was the only performance in Scotland of a short-lived Sadler's Wells production launched at the New Theatre, Oxford on 19 August 1963. It came at a time when the opera was deeply unfashionable outside Germany. It was not appreciated as the foundation of romantic opera that makes it so effective in a good staging. Clearly the company's musical director, Colin Davis, believed in it, as he also brought it into the Royal Opera's repertoire a few years later.

Cast details from a copy of the programme in the Opera Scotland collection.


Sadler's Wells in Scotland - Autumn 1965

A single week at the Glasgow Alhambra was the only Scottish venue visit by Sadler's Wells in the autumn of 1965.  The full schedule was:

W/c 1 November: Mon 1 Flying Dutchman, Tue 2 Marriage of Figaro, Wed 3 Madam Butterfly, Thu 4 Der Freischütz, Fri 5 Marriage of figaro, Sat 6 mat & eve Orpheus in the Underworld.

Performance Cast

Max a forester

James Conrad

Kilian a young peasant

James Singleton

Cuno the Prince's Head Ranger

Norman Lumsden

Caspar a forester

Donald McIntyre

Agathe Cuno's daughter

Wendy Baldwin

Ännchen Agathe's cousin

Maurine London

Samiel the demon huntsman

Frank Olegario

Ottokar Prince of Bohemia

James Hawthorne


David Gwynne

Performance DatesFreischütz 1965

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Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

4 Nov, 19.00

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