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Albert Herring 1968Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera made its first trip abroad to the Florence May Festival, playing in the historic Pergola Theatre. Earlier events at the Festival had been received without enthusiasm, so the positive reaction to Scottish Opera was very welcome.

The SNO players had not been available, so freelance musicians from London were recruited, with mixed results. In all other respects, however, the production travelled well. In an age long before the invention of supertitles, Anthony Besch redirected his staging with a slightly broader style, to help non-English speakers in the audience. The following year, Albert Herring was toured to Hanover, Dortmund and Augsburg. In 1970 it went to Reykjavik.

Performance Cast

Lady Billows an elderly aristocrat

Judith Pierce

Florence Pike housekeeper to Lady Billows

Johanna Peters

Miss Wordsworth head teacher

Patricia Clark

Mr Gedge the Vicar

Ronald Morrison

Mr Upfold the Mayor

Francis Egerton

Superintendent Budd police officer

William McCue

Sid from the butcher's

Michael Maurel

Nancy from the baker's

Catherine Wilson

Albert Herring from the greengrocer's

Gregory Dempsey

Mrs Herring the greengrocer, Albert's mother

Anna Reynolds

Emmie a schoolgirl

Sheila McGrow

Cis a schoolgirl

Jennifer Bermingham

Harry a schoolboy

Charles Begbie

Performance DatesAlbert Herring 1968

Map List

Teatro della Pergola | Florence

19 Jun, 20.00 20 Jun, 20.00

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