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Salome 1952Covent Garden Opera

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This two week visit to Glasgow by the Covent Garden company gave Scottish audiences their first opportunity to see two new works - not just the Festival of Britain commission, Billy Budd, but also a fascinating late work by Vaughan Williams, The Pilgrim's Progress.

The schedule for the fortnight was:

Week commencing 17 March: Mon Turandot, Tue Pilgrim's Progress, Wed Salome, Thu Magic Flute, Fri Aïda, Sat mat Bohème, Sat eve Tosca.

Week commencing 24 March: Mon Aïda, Tue Salome, Wed Magic Flute, Thu Bohème, Fri Billy Budd, Sat mat Tosca, Sat eve Turandot.

This appears to have been the Scottish premiere of Salome. The new production had opened at the Royal Opera House on 11 March 1949, creating a scandal that reverberated for years. The original director was the brilliant young star Peter Brook. His designer was even more famous - the great Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalì. By the time the staging reached Glasgow, the programme gave no hint of these wonders. The production was ascribed to the house director, Christopher West. The programme gives detailed information on the staff who made the sets and costumes, but there is no mention of anyone being responsible for the design.

Cast details from our copy of the programme for 19 March.

The cast is excellent, led by Christel Goltz, who would return to Scotland a few years later, repeating the role in German, with the Hamburg company. Marko Rothmüller was renowned for the intensity of his performances, and the rest of the cast included a number of excellent British singers.

Performance DatesSalome 1952

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King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

19 Mar, 19.00 25 Mar, 19.00

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