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Falstaff 1960Glyndebourne Opera

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This was the last visit by Glyndebourne to the Edinburgh Festival, and the quality of production and performance was as good as ever. Geraint Evans quickly became recognised as one of the great interpreters of the title role, and Sesto Brescantini, who would later make an equally good Falstaff here tried a serious Verdi role which was different from his familiar repertoire.

Chorus listings make interesting reading with the benefit of hindsight, and this year's Glyndebourne vintage is particularly notable for sopranos Elizabeth Harwood and Elizabeth Robson, mezzos Elizabeth Bainbridge and Laura Sarti, and baritones Derek Hammond-Stroud and Neil Howlett.


Glyndebourne Opera at the Edinburgh Festival 1960

On its final Festival visit, Glyndebourne brought three programmes - a proven favourite by Verdi, a rare example of bel canto and a varied triple bill of twentieth century one-acters.

The five operas were:  Bellini (puritani);  Verdi (Falstaff);  Busoni (Arlecchino);  Wolf-Ferrari (Susanna's Secret);  Poulenc (La Voix Humaine).

The three week performance schedule was as follows:

First Week, w/c 22 August:  Mon 22 np;   Tue 23 Falstaff;   Wed 24 Puritani;   Thu 25 Falstaff;   Fri 26 Puritani;    Sat 27 Falstaff.

Second Week, w/c 29 August:   Mon 29 Falstaff;   Tue 30 Triple Bill;   Wed 31 Puritani;   Thu 1 Sep Triple Bill;   Fri 2 Falstaff;   Sat 3 Puritani.

Third Week, w/c 5 September:   Mon 5 Triple Bill,   Tue 6 Falstaff;   Wed 7 Triple Bill;  Thu 8 Puritani;   Fri 9 Falstaff;   Sat 10 Puritani.

Performance Cast

Sir John Falstaff a knight

Geraint Evans

Pistola Pistol, a follower of Falstaff

Marco Stefanoni

Bardolfo Bardolph, a follower of Falstaff

Mario Carlin

Caius Dr Caius, a Frenchman

Hugues Cuénod

Meg Mistress Page

Anna Maria Rota

Alice Mistress Alice Ford, wife of Ford

Ilva Ligabue

Nannetta daughter of the Fords

Mariella Adani

Quickly Mistress Quickly, a confidante of Alice and Meg

Oralia Dominguez

Ford a merchant of Windsor

Sesto Bruscantini

Fenton a young gentleman

Juan Oncina

Performance DatesFalstaff 1960

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

23 Aug, 19.00 25 Aug, 19.00 27 Aug, 19.00 29 Aug, 19.00 2 Sep, 19.00 6 Sep, 19.00 9 Sep, 19.00

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