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Madam Butterfly 1959Sadler's Wells Opera

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On this tour by Sadler’s Wells, Alexander Gibson conducted several of the operas. The singers in this Butterfly cast were largely Australian.

Joan Hammond had been a champion golfer in her youth, and when she toured Scotland she drove round towing a caravan, which she parked at various courses around the country, sometimes being called on to present the prizes if there was a tournament going on. She was known to be utterly reliable, and invariably arrived at the theatre just in time to do her make-up and costume. The Dundee visit was always useful, permitting her to choose between St Andrews, Carnoustie and Rosemount (Blairgowrie).

Cast as performed in Dundee.

Performance Cast

Lieutenant F B Pinkerton U S Navy

Ronald Dowd

Goro marriage broker

Kevin Miller

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Barbara Howitt

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Gwyn Griffiths

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Joan Hammond

Imperial Commissioner

Eric Stannard

Bonze a priest, Cio-Cio-San's uncle

Stanislav Pieczora

Prince Yamadori

Kevin Mills

Kate Pinkerton

Lily Gribbin

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1959

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

24 Apr, 19.30

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

28 Apr, 19.30

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

5 May, 19.30

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