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Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1920Beecham Grand Opera Company

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The Mastersingers was a popular work that remained in the touring repertoire of several British companies, starting with Carl Rosa, Moody-Manners and Denhof. After that, the Beecham and then the BNOC companies took over. Not only that, but four of the principal basses - Andrew Shanks (Sachs), Herbert Langley (Beckmesser), Robert Radford (Pogner) and Philip Bertram (Nightwatchman) would still be singing those roles in 1927, and still under the direction of George King. In contrast, Albert Chapman had sung Nachtigall in 1896, then the longer role  of Pogner in 1912, before returning to another brief part in 1920. These factors must have provided an encouraging sense of continuity for the performers. Perhaps some of the choristers also had long experience of the work.

The cast for 15 November is taken from a programme in the A M Gardiner Colection in the Mitchell Library. That shows the conductor originally scheduled to be Spencer Clay. He was replaced, according to a handwritten note, by the hugely experienced Eugene Goossens, leaving Clay with plenty of energy to lead the performance of Aïda the following evening.

Performance DatesMastersingers of Nuremberg 1920

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

15 Nov, 18.00 23 Nov, 18.00

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