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Elektra 1913Denhof Opera Company

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The astonishing phenomenon that was the Edinburgh-based Denhof Opera Company received great critical acclaim for their ambitious repertoire and high standard of presentation. Sadly, audience numbers were sometimes disappointing (especially in Manchester). This season saw the Scottish premieres of Der Rosenkavalier and Pelléas et Mélisande, with further performances of Elektra, brought back from the 1912 season. Conducting on the tour was shared between Thomas Beecham (who conducted Mastersingers, Tristan, his first Ring cycles and Magic Flute) and his assistant, Hans Schilling-Ziemssen.

Repertoire for the Manchester week, commencing Monday 29 September was Mon: Rosenkavalier; Tue Tristan; Wed Magic Flute; Thu Pelléas; Fri Elektra; Sat mat Rosenkavalier and Sat eve Flying Dutchman. The second Manchester week was cancelled because of heavy losses but the company was quickly reconstituted with the financial help of Beecham to allow much of the rest of the tour to take place. Edinburgh survived in the schedule, but the last weeks in Aberdeen and Glasgow were dropped. After much publicity, the company returned to Manchester for a second week, commencing 3 November (in preference to the originally planned second week at Liverpool). This week featured a Ring cycle, and the full schedule was: Mon Rheingold; Tue Valkyrie, Wed Siegfried; Thu Rosenkavalier; Fri Twilight of the Gods; Sat mat Orpheus and Euridice; Sat eve Mastersingers.

Cast details are from an advertising playbill for the Manchester week in Manchester City Library. The ordering of the five maids is as listed. This is slightly different from a similar listing the previous season , when Molly Deane and Lena Maitland are swapped over.

Performance DatesElektra 1913

Map List

Prince of Wales Theatre, Birmingham | Birmingham

16 Sep, 20.00

Theatre Royal, Manchester | Manchester

3 Oct, 20.00

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield | Sheffield

17 Oct, 20.00

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

13 Nov, 20.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

20 Nov, 20.00

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