Opera Scotland

Lustige Witwe 1954Daubeny Vienna Operetta

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A touring Viennese Operetta Company was introduced by Peter Daubeny Presentations Ltd by arrangement with Eugene Iskoldoff Productions.

A three week London season opened at the Stoll Theatre on 16 August.  This was followed by a national tour through to December.  The schedule included Glasgow (Sep 13),  Aberdeen (Sep 27),  Edinburgh (Oct 4),  Blackpool (Oct 11),   Manchester (Oct 18),   Birmingham (Nov 1),  Leeds (Nov 8),  Liverpool (Nov 15),  Bristol (Nov 22),  Bournemouth (Nov 29) and  Cardiff (Dec 6).

Artists were drawn from the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper, the Munich Operetta and the opera houses of Stuttgart, Bern and Graz.  The company was claimed to have 60 artists including full chorus and ballet, with an orchestra of 28.

The chosen operettas were by Lehár (Merry Widow), Kálmán (Gypsy Princess) and Strauss (Wiener Blut).

Cast details are from a programme in Aberdeen City Library.

The Aberdeen schedule included 4 performances of The Merry Widow and two each of the others. The programme was:

Week commencing 27 Sep:  Mon 27 Merry Widow;  Tue 28 Gypsy Princess;  Wed 29 m Merry Widow;  Wed 29 e Wiener Blut;  Thu 30 Gypsy Princess;  Fri 1 Oct Merry Widow;  Sat 2 m Wiener Blut;  Sat 2 e Merry Widow.

Glasgow and Edinburgh dates to be confirmed.

Performance Cast

Baron Mirko Zeta Pontevedrian Ambassador in Paris

Fritz Imhoff

Valencienne Zeta's wife

Franzi Wachmann

Count Danilo Danilowitsch Secretary to the legation, reserve cavalry lieutenant

Otto Falvay

Hanna Glawari a wealthy young widow

Christine von Widmann

Camille de Rosillon

Karl Terkal

Vicomte Cascada

Fred Kypta

Raoul de St Brioche

Karl Frey

Bogdanowitsch Pontevedrian Consul

Karl Kroll

Sylviane wife of Bogdanowitsch

Hilde Langauer

Kromow Counsellor to the Pontevedrian legation

Willy Scherdeck

Olga wife of Kromow

Erika Fischer

Pritschitsch retired Pontevedrian colonel, Military Attaché

Basile Cosmas

Praskowia wife of Pritschitsch

Augusta Ripper

Njegus Chancery Clerk at the Embassy

Fritz Diestel

Lo-Lo a grisette

Evelyne Moravek

Do-Do a grisette

Gerda Neubauer

Jou-Jou a grisette

Liselotte Mracek

Frou-Frou a grisette

Herta Stark

Clo-Clo a grisette

Ricki Hermann

Margot a grisette

Herta Jany

Performance DatesLustige Witwe 1954

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

27 Sep, 19.30 29 Sep, 14.30 1 Oct, 19.30 2 Oct, 19.30

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