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Beggar's Opera 1963English Opera Group

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Britten made his arrangement of The Beggar’s Opera in 1948 and seems to have retained a fondness for it.

This revival, with a prestigious, if somewhat unexpected, lineup of soloists (and Britten on the podium), was toured abroad.

It was also televised by the BBC (with Kenneth McKellar as a youthful Macheath).


Opera at the Edinburgh Festival - 1963

The six operas performed at the Festival were:  Gay/Pepusch (Beggar's Opera);  Donizetti  (Don Pasquale);  Verdi (Luisa Miller);  Cilea (Adriana Lecouvreur);  Bartók (Duke Bluebeard's Castle);   Britten (Rape of Lucretia).

The Festival's opera schedule was:

First week, commencing 19 August: Mon 19 Rape of Lucretia & Duke Bluebeard's Castle; Tue 20 Beggar's Opera & Bluebeard; Wed 21 Lucretia & Bluebeard; Thu 22 Beggar's Opera; Fri 23 Lucretia & Bluebeard; Sat 24 Beggar's Opera.

Second week, commencing 26 August: Mon 26 Luisa Miller; Tue 27 Adriana Lecouvreur; Wed 28 Luisa Miller; Thu 29 Don Pasquale; Fri 30 Adriana Lecouvreur; Sat 31 Luisa Miller.

Third week, commencing 2 Sep: Mon 2 Adriana Lecouvreur; Tue 3 Don Pasquale; Wed 4 Luisa Miller; Thu 5 Don Pasquale; Fri 6 Adriana Lecouvreur; Sat 7 Don Pasquale.

Performance Cast

Mr Peachum a 'fence'

David Kelly

Mrs Peachum

Anna Pollak

Polly Peachum Peachum's daughter

Janet Baker

Macheath a highwayman

Peter Pears

Lockit the gaoler

Bryan Drake

Lucy Lockit Lockit's daughter

Heather Harper

Mrs Diana Trapes

Edith Coates

Jenny Diver a woman of the town

Joan Edwards

Performance DatesBeggar's Opera 1963

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

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