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Fanciulla del West 1963Sadler's Wells Opera

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This Scottish tour, commencing Monday 18 February 1963, was unusual in that it consisted of a single week at the Glasgow Empire.

The Girl of the Golden West was performed several times in Scotland in the years after its premiere. There was then a long gap until Sadler's Wells introduced the work to its repertoire and took it on tour. 

A single performance of this new production was given at the Glasgow Empire, which lacked an orchestra pit, as a result of which, even in a reduced touring version, the orchestra had a tendency to drown the voices.


Sadler's Wells Opera in Scotland - 1963.

The first Scottish visit consisted of a single week in February at the Glasgow Empire.  The company returned for three weeks in November, one each at Edinburgh (King's), Aberdeen (His Majesty's) and Glsgow (King's).

The nine operas performed were by Mozart (Magic Flute); Donizetti (Don Pasquale);  Verdi (Traviata); Offenbach (Belle Hélène);  Bizet (Carmen);  Sullivan (Mikado);  Leoncavallo (Pagliacci);  Puccini (Girl of the Golden West); Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana).

The Scottish tour schedule was as follows:

Glasgow, w/c 19 February:  Mon 18 Carmen;  Tue 19 Cav & Pag;   Wed 20 Traviata;  Thu 21 Girl of the Golden West;  Fri 22 Carmen;  Sat 23 m Mikado;  Sat 23 e Mikado.

Edinburgh, w/c 4 November:  Mon 4 Magic Flute;  Tue 5 Don Pasquale;  Wed 6 Carmen;  Thu 7 Magic Flute;  Fri 8 Cav & Pag;   Sat 9 m Belle Hélène;  Sat 9 e Belle Hélène

Aberdeen,  w/c 11 November:  Mon 11 Magic Flute;  Tue 12 Carmen;  Wed 13 Don Pasquale;  Thu 14 Cav & Pag; Fri 15 Magic Flute;  Sat 16 m Belle Hélène;  Sat 16 e Belle Hélène.

Glasgow, w/c 18 November: Mon 18 Don Pasquale;  Tue 19 Magic Flute;  Wed 20 Carmen;  Thu 21 Magic Flute;  Fri 22 Cav & Pag;  Sat 23 m Belle Hélène;  Sat 23 e Belle Hélène.

Details of the 21 February cast are from a programme in the Mitchell Library.

Performance Cast

Minnie Innkeeper

Elizabeth Fretwell

Dick Johnson a bandit, real name Ramirrez

Donald Smith

Jack Rance sheriff

Raimund Herincx

Nick bartender at the 'Polka' saloon

Stanley Bevan

Ashby Wells Fargo agent

Eric Shilling

Jake Wallace a travelling minstrel

John Hauxvell

Sonora a miner

Neil Easton

Bello a miner

Howard Dyson

Happy a miner

Charles Draper

Joe a miner

Neville Griffiths

Larkens a miner

David Bowman

Trin a miner

John Delaney

Harry a miner

Paul Crook

Sid a miner

Kenneth Fawcett

José Castro highwayman

David Bowman

Pony Express rider

Edward Byles

Billy Jackrabbit Red Indian

Leigh Maurice

Wowkle Minnie's Indian woman servant

Dilys Davies

Performance DatesFanciulla del West 1963

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Empire Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

21 Feb, 19.00

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