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Zauberflöte 1967Sadler's Wells Opera

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Frank Hauser’s staging had opened at Sadler's Wells on 9 August 1967, making it one of the last new stagings there before the company decamped to the Coliseum a year later. It was adequate, but showed no great insights into the wonderful opera. It didn't last long in the repertoire before it was replaced by a very attractive Anthony Besch production in 1973.

This cast has a particularly strong team of women - the three ladies, Pamina and Queen all being leading company performers. Francis Egerton was a memorably entertaining character tenor, while Don Garrard was always an excellent Sarastro. John Brecknock makes an early appearance.


Sadler's Wells Opera's Glasgow Season - 1967

Sadler's Wells Opera only came to Glasgow in October 1967, but the four week stay was an unusually long one. They gave three performances of a brand new production of The Magic Flute, four of the familiar 1960 Barber of Seville, three of Orpheus in the Underworld (also from 1960) and three of a vintage       Samson and Delilah, a staging from the early 'fifties receiving a brief revival. The Cenerentola from 1959 returned for a final visit.  Gluck's Orpheus and Euridice was seen in the unfamiliar version for tenor,  Ernani had a rather controversial staging on its only tour, and Malcolm Williamson's Violins of Saint Jacques proved to be a genuinely popular new work.


The performance schedule was as follows:

Week 1, w/c Monday, 23 October:  Mon 23 Magic Flute;  Tue 24 Barber oSeville;  Wed 25 Orpheus and Euridice;  Thu 26 np;  Fri 27 Orpheus and Euridice;  Sat 28 Magic Flute.

Week 2, w/c Monday, 30 October:  Mon 30 np;  Tue 31 Samson and Delilah;  Wed 1 Nov Barber of Seville; Thu 2 Magic Flute;  Fri 3 Orpheus and Euridice;  Sat 4 Samson and Delilah.

Week 3, w/c Monday, 6 November:  Mon 6 np;  Tue 7 Violins of Saint-Jacques;  Wed 8 Ernani;  Thu 9 m Barber of Seville;  Thu 9 e Cenerentola;  Fri 10 Orpheus in the Underworld;  Sat 11 Ernani.  

Week 4, w/c Monday 13 November:  Mon 13  Cenerentola;  Tue 14 Samson and Delilah;  Wed 15 Orpheus in the Underworld;   Thu 16 Barber of Seville;  Fri 17 Violins of Saint-Jacques;  Sat 18 Orpheus in the Underworld.

Cast details are from a programme for 23 October in the OperaScotland collection and 28 October in the ENO archive.

Performance Cast

Tamino a Prince

Alan Mayall

First Lady in attendance on the Queen

Janice Chapman

Second Lady in attendance on the Queen

Josephine Barstow

Third Lady in attendance on the Queen

Gillian Knight

Papageno a bird-catcher

Peter Tracey

Queen of Night

Rae Woodland

Monostatos a servant in the Temple

Francis Egerton

Pamina daughter of the Queen of Night

Margaret Curphey

First Boy

Phyllis Glavin

Second Boy

Elinor Dark

Third Boy

Gillian Goodwin

Speaker at the Temple

Eric Stannard

Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris

Don Garrard

First Priest

John Brecknock

Second Priest

Eric Stannard

Papagena disguised as an old woman

Gillian Neason

First Armed Man

John Brecknock

Second Armed Man

Eric Stannard

Performance DatesZauberflöte 1967

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King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

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