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Nozze di Figaro 1958Sadler's Wells Opera

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On this tour, each of the four Scottish cities saw a week of performances – three Merry Widows, two Figaros and single performances of Traviata and Bohème.

Alexander Gibson, recently appointed as the Sadler's Wells Music Director,  conducted all four operas during each week – though not all performances of the Lehár or Mozart.  At some of the performances of Figaro one of the identified dancers is Veronica White,  soon to become Mrs Gibson.

Cast details are from copies of the Dundee and Glasgow programmes in the OperaScotland collection.

Absence of press reports to be confirmed.

 

Sadler's Wells Opera in Scotland - 1958

The four operas performed in each city were Mozart (Marriage of Figaro);  Verdi (La traviata);  Lehár (Merry Widow);  Puccini (La bohème).

The tour visited Edinburgh (King's Theatre);  Dundee (Gaumont Theatre);  Aberdeen (His Majesty's Theatre; and Glasgow (King's Theatre).

The performance schedule was as follows:

Edinburgh, w/c 28 Apr:  Mon 28 Merry Widow;  Tue 29 Traviata;  Wed 30 Marriage of Figaro;  Thu 1 May Merry Widow;  Fri 2 Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 3 m Merry Widow;  Sat 3 e Bohème.

Dundee, w/c 5 May:  Mon 5; Merry Widow;  Tue 6 Marriage of Figaro;  Wed 7 Merry Widowe   Thu 8  Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 9 Traviata;  Sat 10 m Merry Widow;  Sat 10 e Bohème.

Aberdeen, w/c 12 May:  Mon 12 Merry Widow;  Tue 13 Marriage of Figaro;  Wed 14 Merry Widow;  Thu 15 Traviata;  Fri 16 Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 17 m Merry Widow;  Sat 17 e Bohème.

Glasgow, w/c 19 May:  Mon 19 Merry Widow;  Tue 20 Marriage of Figaro;  Wed 21 Merry Widow;  Thu 22 Traviata;  Fri 23  Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 24 m Merry Widow;  Sat 24 e Bohème. 

Performance Cast

Figaro the Count's valet

Denis Dowling (May 6)

John Probyn (May 8, 23)

Susanna the Countess's maid

Patricia Howard (May 6, 23)

Marion Studholme (May 8)

Cherubino the Count's page

Joyce Blackham (May 6, 8, 23)

Count Almaviva

Raimund Herincx (May 6)

John Hargreaves (May 8, 23)

Bartolo a doctor, the Countess's former guardian

Stanley Clarkson (May 6)

Harold Blackburn (May 8, 23)

Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper

Sheila Rex (May 6, 8, 23)

Don Basilio a priest and music master

Gwent Lewis (May 6, 8, 23)

Countess Almaviva

Joan Stuart (May 6)

Patricia Bartlett (May 8, 23)

Antonio a gardener, Susanna's uncle

Harold Blackburn (May 6)

Charles Draper (May 8, 23)

Don Curzio a lawyer

Rhys Williams (May 6, 8, 23)

Barbarina daugher of Antonio

Joan Smalley (May 6, 8, 23)

First Peasant Girl

Joan Clarkson (May 6, 8, 23)

Second Peasant Girl

Sheila Hardie (May 6, 8, 23)

Dancer

Eileen Elton (May 6, 23)

Veronica White (May 6, 23)

Peter Cazalet (May 6, 23)

Philippe Perrottet (May 6, 23)

Dawn Keeler (May 8)

Sophia Trant (May 8)

Robert Blake (May 8)

Barry Kitcher (May 8)

Performance DatesNozze di Figaro 1958

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

30 Apr, 19.00 2 May, 19.00

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

6 May, 19.00 8 May, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

13 May, 19.00 16 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

20 May, 19.00 23 May, 19.00

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