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Faust 1964Sadler's Wells Opera

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Having visited Glasgow and Edinburgh in the spring, it is perhaps surprising that Sadler's Wells should return in the autumn, but the first visit only took in the central belt. This time, a further fortnight's stay, starting on 9 November, took in Glasgow again, but instead of Edinburgh, continued north to Aberdeen.

The repertoire was the same in both cities, though the order of performance varied slightly. The Glasgow schedule was: Mon Faust; Tue Girl of the Golden West; Wed Hansel and Gretel; Thu Carmen; Fri Seraglio; Sat mat Hansel and Gretel; Sat eve Faust. In Aberdeen the running order changed slightly, with Humperdinck and Mozart on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by Puccini on Friday.

The cast was excellent, led by the experienced Warwick Braithwaite. Alberto Remedios was now developing into a well-schooled lyric tenor.  In 1965 he joined an extensive trip round Australia as a member of the Williamson company, led by Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge, with Luciano Pavarotti among the junior members. Faust was one of the Remedios roles on that tour. Donald McIntyre later sang Méphistophélès, in French this time, with Scottish Opera, in the revival of a production which had only opened in the spring of 1964 - a strange clash of scheduling for the two major companies. However this was still a year before Scottish Opera started visiting Aberdeen, so only Glasgow audiences will have been concerned.

Cast details are taken from a programme in Aberdeen City Library, supplemented with reference to the Glasgow Herald review of 9 November.

Performance Cast

Faust a learned doctor

Alberto Remedios

Méphistophélès the devil

Donald McIntyre

Valentin Marguerite's brother

John Hauxvell

Wagner a student of Dr Faust

Kelvin Jones


Morag Noble (Nov 9)

Wendy Baldwin (Nov 16, 21e)

Siébel a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite

Anne Pashley

Marthe a neighbour

Elisabeth Bergman

Performance DatesFaust 1964

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

9 Nov, 19.30 14 Nov, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

16 Nov, 19.30 21 Nov, 19.30

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