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Gianni Schicchi 1957Sadler's Wells Opera

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This single performance,  where the three elements of the Trittico were allocated among three conductors,  is the only occasion when Alexander Gibson conducted Schicchi in Scotland,  and a wonderful cast included Denis Dowling in the lead.  The others included  David Ward,  Harold Blackburn,  Peter Glossop,  William McAlpine,  Thomas Round and  Judith Pierce among Buoso’s relatives.  Perhaps surprisingly, the Glasgow Herald is silent on cast identities apart from the title role.


Sadler's Wells Opera on tour in Scotland -  1957

The four week tour of Scotland for once omitted Edinburgh, going to Aberdeen and Dundee instead.  Having been without professional opera since before the war, Dundee had received hugely successful visits by Carl Rosa in 1955 and 1956, so it was logical for the Wells to follow on, as they did annually with equal success until the theatre again became unavailable in 1961.  The repertoire in each city was similar but for Dundee not hearing Il trovatore (an extra Bohème instead) and Glasgow also getting Eugene Onegin and Puccini's Trittico.

The works performed were:  Mozart (Marriage of Figaro);  Flotow (Martha);  Verdi (TrovatoreTraviata);  Smetana (Bartered Bride);  Tchaikovsky (Eugene Onegin);  Puccini (BohèmeToscaTabarro,  Suor AngelicaGianni Schicchi).  

The tour schedule was as follows:

Aberdeen, w/c 1 April:  Mon 1  Traviata;  Tue 2  Tosca;  Wed 3  Martha;  Thu 4  Trovatore;  Fri 5  Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 6 mat Bartered Bride;  Sat 6 eve  Bohème.

Dundee, w/c 8 April:  Mon 8  Traviata;  Tue 9  Bohème;  Wed 10  Marriage of Figaro;  Thu 11  Martha;  Fri 12  Tosca;  Sat 13 mat  Bohème;  Sat 3 eve  Bartered Bride.

Glasgow, w/c 15 April:  Mon 15  Trovatore;  Tue 16  Bohème;  Wed 17  Tosca;  Thu 18  Trovatore;  Fri 19  Martha;  Sat 20 Mat  Bartered Bride;  Sat 20 eve  Tosca

Glasgow, w/c 22 April:  Mon 22  Marriage of Figaro;  Tue 23  Martha;  Wed 24  Tabarro & Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi;  Thu 25  Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 26 Eugene Onegin;  Sat 27 mat  Traviata.;  Sat 27 eve Bartered Bride.

Performance Cast

Zita a cousin of Buoso, aged sixty

Olwen Price (Apr 24)

Rinuccio Zita's nephew, aged twenty-four

William McAlpine (Apr 24)

Gherardo Buoso's nephew, aged forty

Thomas Round (Apr 24)

Nella Gherardo's wife, aged thirty-four

Patricia Bartlett (Apr 24)

Gherardino Gherardo's son, aged seven

Sybil Hambleton (Apr 24)

Betto di Signa a cousin, age unknown

Harold Blackburn (Apr 24)

Simone a cousin, aged seventy

David Ward (Apr 24)

Marco Betto's son, aged forty-five

Peter Glossop (Apr 24)

La Ciesca Marco's wife, aged thirty-eight

Judith Pierce (Apr 24)

Gianni Schicchi aged fifty-one

Denis Dowling (Apr 24)

Lauretta Schicchi's daughter, aged twenty-one

Patricia Howard (Apr 24)

Maestro Spinelloccio a doctor

Charles Draper (Apr 24)

Ser Amantio di Nicolao a notary

Cecil Lloyd (Apr 24)

Pinellino a cobbler

Ronald Eddolls (Apr 24)

Guccio a dyer

Ian Macpherson (Apr 24)

Performance DatesGianni Schicchi 1957

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