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Albert Herring 1971Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's tour in Spring 1971 was one of its most extended and elaborate, stretching from 11 March to 12 June. There were two clear phases, the first took in Perth, Aberdeen, Newcastle and Liverpool, with the second embracing Glasgow, Edinburgh and a return to Aberdeen.

The Perth opening included the recent stagings of Magic Flute and Traviata, accompanied by the BBC SSO, with two Britten revivals, Albert Herring and Turn of the Screw. for which the pit was occupied by the Scottish Opera Chamber Ensemble. In Aberdeen the SNO joined up for the revival of the 1967 Rheingold staging, as preparation for the single Ring Cycle announced for December. In Glasgow, Albert Herring dropped out, and the season's two big new productions, Siegfried and Der Rosenkavalier, arrived.

By 1971, it must be said that the sets for this much-travelled production were beginning to come apart at the seams, and these would be their final appearance. The performances were still of a very high quality, led by Roderick Brydon, and featuring several singers, such as William McCue, Ronald Morrison, Johanna Peters, Catherine Wilson and Michael Maurel, who never missed a performance during the six years that they toured round Europe. Other company stalwarts could show their versatility - Ann Baird, formerly a member of the Sadler's Wells company, usually played Cis, one of the schoolgirls, but could step up to sing Miss Wordsworth if necessary. John Robertson, not a regular member of the cast, covered both tenor roles, and could go on if required either as Mr Upfold, as in 1969, or in the title role, as here. 

Performance Cast

Lady Billows an elderly aristocrat

Judith Pierce (Exc Apr 16)

Rae Woodland (Apr 16)

Florence Pike housekeeper to Lady Billows

Johanna Peters

Miss Wordsworth head teacher

Patricia Clark (Exc Mar 27)

Ann Baird (Mar 27)

Mr Gedge the Vicar

Ronald Morrison

Mr Upfold the Mayor

Francis Egerton

Superintendent Budd police officer

William McCue

Sid from the butcher's

Michael Maurel

Nancy from the baker's

Catherine Wilson

Albert Herring from the greengrocer's

Gregory Dempsey (Exc Apr 8)

John Robertson (Apr 8)

Mrs Herring the greengrocer, Albert's mother

Patricia Purcell

Emmie a schoolgirl

Sheila McGrow

Cis a schoolgirl

Ann Baird (Exc Mar 27)

Heather Howson (Mar 27)

Harry a schoolboy

Timothy Oldham

Performance DatesAlbert Herring 1971

Map List

Perth Theatre | Perth

11 Mar, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

27 Mar, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

8 Apr, 19.30

Royal Court Theatre | Liverpool

16 Apr, 19.30

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