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Fidelio 1959Sadler's Wells Opera

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A strongly cast tour of Fidelio was conducted by Colin Davis, making his first appearance in opera in Scotland. A memorable addition to the touring forces was supplied with the help of Richard Telfer, director of Edinburgh Grand Opera Society. He was an old friend of Gibson and would shortly help with the establishment of Scottish Opera. On this occasion he helped to supply an extra chorus of 16 voices to provide a mighty sound in the final scene.

Ronald Dowd was an excellent heroic tenor from Australia who, like Elizabeth Fretwell, was based at Sadler's Wells for many years. Along with David Ward as Fernando, they had been singing these roles since Douglas Seale's production first opened at Sadler's Wells in November 1956. Alberto Remedios also sang regularly with the company as his voice grew. It did not initially have the sweet and mellow tone that he was producing ten years later, when he had developed into one of the great Wagnerian tenors of his generation.

The cast shown is as given in Dundee.

Performance Cast

Jaquino Rocco's assistant

Alberto Remedios

Marzelline Rocco's daughter

Anne Edwards

Rocco gaoler

Stanley Clarkson

Leonore Florestan's wife, disguised as Fidelio

Elizabeth Fretwell

Don Pizarro prison governor

Stanislav Pieczora

First Prisoner

Tom Swift

Second Prisoner

William McGovern

Florestan a Spanish nobleman

Ronald Dowd

Don Fernando the King's Minister

David Ward

Performance DatesFidelio 1959

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

22 Apr, 19.30

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

1 May, 19.30

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

7 May, 19.30

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