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Zauberflöte 1969Sadler's Wells Opera

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The Frank Hauser staging from 1967, now directed by Keith Beattie, was nothing special as a production, but the cast on this tour includes favourite Scottish tenor William McAlpine as Tamino, the young bass Stafford Dean as Sarastro, and a youthful John Brecknock, soon to be an important exponent of the Rossini tenor roles. It also features the Scottish debut of Anne Evans as Pamina, her wonderful Scottish Opera Isolde still many years in the future. And the conductor is Georg Tintner, who would later specialise in conducting and recording Bruckner symphonies with the RSNO.

This was the last occasion on which Sadler’s Wells visited Aberdeen.

The 1968 visit to Glasgow had featured a repertoire of only five works and seems rather lightweight. This time there were eight, with some relative rareties. Edinburgh and Aberdeen, with one week apiece, saw The Magic Flute, Offenbach's Bluebeard, The Force of Destiny and The Rake's Progress. Glasgow, with a three week visit, saw all of the above, plus Count Ory, Ariadne on Naxos, Madam Butterfly and Patience.

Cast is as for Glasgow.


Sadler's Wells Opera in Scotland - 1969

The 1969 tour was the last occasion on which Sadler's Wells visited Aberdeen.  There was a single week in Edinburgh (King's Theatre), followed by one in Aberdeen (His Majesty's) and three in Glasgow (King's).  Eight operas were brought, four being seen in all three cities and a further four just in Glasgow.

The operas were:  Mozart (Magic Flute);  Rossini (Count Ory);  Verdi (Force of Destiny);  Offenbach (Bluebeard);  Sullivan (Patience);  Puccini (Madam Butterfly);  Strauss (Ariadne on Naxos) and Stravinsky (Rake's Progress).

The tour schedule was as follows:

Edinburgh, w/c 13 October:  Mon 13 Magic Flute;  Tue 14 Rake's Progress;  Wed 15 Bluebeard;  Thu 16 Magic Flute;  Fri 17 Force of Destiny;  Sat 18 Bluebeard

Aberdeen, w/c 20 October:  Mon 20 Magic Flute;  Tue 21 Rake's Progress;  Wed 22 Bluebeard;  Thu 23 Magic Flute;  Fri 24 Force of Destiny;  Sat 25 Bluebeard.

Glasgow, w/c 27 October:  Mon 27 np;  Tue 28 Magic Flute;  Wed 29 Count Ory;  Thu 30 Bluebeard;  Fri 31 Rake's Progress;  Sat 1 Nov Bluebeard.

Glasgow, w/c 3 November:  Mon 3 Count Ory;  Tue 4 Bluebeard;  Wed 5 Force of Destiny;  Thu 6 Rake's Progress;  Fri 7 Magic Flute;  Sat 8 Force of Destiny.

Glasgow, w/c 10 November:  Mon 10 Patience;  Tue 11 Ariadne on Naxos;  Wed 12 Madam Butterfly;  Thu 13 Ariadne on Naxos;  Fri 14 Patience;  Sat 15  Madam Butterfly.

Performance Cast

Tamino a Prince

William McAlpine (Nov 7)

First Lady in attendance on the Queen

Donna-Faye Carr (Nov 7)

Second Lady in attendance on the Queen

Georgetta Psaros (Nov 7)

Third Lady in attendance on the Queen

Katherine Pring (Nov 7)

Papageno a bird-catcher

Julian Moyle (Nov 7)

Queen of Night

Alice Robiczek

Rhonda Bruce (Nov 7)

Monostatos a servant in the Temple

Peter Tracey (Nov 7)

Pamina daughter of the Queen of Night

Anne Evans (Nov 7)

First Boy

Phyllis Glavin (Nov 7)

Second Boy

Frances Reid (Nov 7)

Third Boy

Teresa Duckworth (Nov 7)

Speaker at the Temple

Eric Stannard (Nov 7)

Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris

Stafford Dean (Nov 7)

First Priest

John Brecknock (Nov 7)

Second Priest

Eric Stannard (Nov 7)

Papagena disguised as an old woman

Margaret Neville (Nov 7)

First Armed Man

John Brecknock (Nov 7)

Second Armed Man

Eric Stannard (Nov 7)

Performance DatesZauberflöte 1969

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

13 Oct, 19.30 16 Oct, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

20 Oct, 19.30 23 Oct, 19.30

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

28 Oct, 19.30 7 Nov, 19.30

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