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Fanciulla del West 1964Sadler's Wells Opera

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As with the brief 1963 visit, Puccini's western opera was conducted by Warwick Braithwaite with two Australians, Elizabeth Fretwell and Donald Smith, as the romantic leads. There was a different baritone, villain, but the lineup was otherwise almost unchanged.

Cast details are from a programme in the Aberdeen City Library collection.

Performance Cast

Minnie Innkeeper

Elizabeth Fretwell

Dick Johnson a bandit, real name Ramirrez

Donald Smith

Jack Rance sheriff

Gwyn Griffiths

Nick bartender at the 'Polka' saloon

Stanley Bevan

Ashby Wells Fargo agent

Don Garrard

Jake Wallace a travelling minstrel

John Hauxvell

Sonora a miner

Neil Easton

Bello a miner

Neil Carlin

Happy a miner

Charles Draper

Joe a miner

Neville Griffiths

Larkens a miner

Kelvin Jones

Trin a miner

John Delaney

Harry a miner

Paul Crook

Sid a miner

Kenneth Fawcett

José Castro highwayman

Kelvin Jones

Pony Express rider

David Young

Billy Jackrabbit Red Indian

Leigh Maurice

Wowkle Minnie's Indian woman servant

Elisabeth Bergman

Performance DatesFanciulla del West 1964

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

10 Nov, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

20 Nov, 19.00

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