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Troilus and Cressida 1955Covent Garden Opera

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This 1955 tour provided the only chance for British audiences to see the piece outside London until Opera North produced a highly-praised staging of the original text in 1995. The tour gave single performances of Troilus at Glasgow King's, Edinburgh Empire, Leeds Grand, Manchester Palace, and Coventry Hippodrome.

The Glasgow season (two weeks commencing February 28) was as follows: Week 1: Mon Hoffmann, Tue Aïda, Wed Figaro, Thu Carmen, Fri Figaro, Sat mat Bohème, Sat Eve Hoffmann. Week 2: Mon Hoffmann, Tue Troilus, Wed Aïda, Wed Traviata, Thu Carmen, Sat mat Traviata, Sat eve Aïda.

The company then moved to the Edinburgh Empire (now the Festival Theatre) for a week, commencing March 14: Mon Hoffmann, Tue Aïda, Wed Hoffmann, Thu Carmen, Fri Troilus, Sat mat Bohème, Sat eve Carmen.

The touring cast contained several of the original line-up, including the creators of the title roles. Frederick Dalberg and Geraint Evans, creators of Calkas and Antenor, respectively, seem to have sung in Glasgow, but not in Edinburgh. Peter Pears, creator of Pandarus, was not on tour. Neither did Sir Malcolm Sargent conduct outside London.

The cast for the Edinburgh performance is from a programme in the Scottish Theatre Archive. A Glasgow Herald preview of the Glasgow performance on Friday 4 March states that Dalberg and Evans would appear in their original roles, along with Magda Laszlò and Richard Lewis.

Performance Cast

Calkas High Priest of Pallas Athene

Frederick Dalberg (Mar 8)

Michael Langdon (Mar 18)

Antenor Captain of Trojan Spears

Geraint Evans (Mar 8)

Ronald Lewis (Mar 18)

Voice of the Oracle

Barbara Howitt

Troilus Prince of Troy

Richard Lewis

Cressida daughter of Calkas, a widow

Magda Laszlò

Pandarus brother of Calkas

Raymond Nilsson

Evadne companion to Cressida

Barbara Howitt

Horaste a friend of Pandarus

Forbes Robinson

Diomede Prince of Calydon and Argos

Otakar Kraus


Gordon Farrall

First Soldier

Hector Thomas

Second Soldier

Stanley Cooper

First Lady in attendance on Cressida

Norah Cannell

Second Lady in attendance on Cressida

Lilian Simmons

Performance DatesTroilus and Cressida 1955

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

8 Mar, 00.00

Empire Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

18 Mar, 00.00

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