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Vie Parisienne 1964Sadler's Wells Opera

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The spring 1964 Scottish tour began on 6 April and was limited to the two central belt cities. The performance schedule for Glasgow was as follows: Mon Così; Tue Peter Grimes; Wed Rigoletto; Thu Così; Fri Samson and Delilah; Sat mat & eve La Vie Perisienne. In Edinburgh the order changed, except for Monday and Saturday, but the content was the same.

As with all the recent visits, the scheduling provided for two performances of an operetta staging on the final Saturday, this being the third of Offenbach's famous works to have been produced by the Wells in recent years. This production, which had opened at Sadler's Wells on 24 May 1961, employed again the team who had made such a success of Orpheus in the Underworld the year before.

The review from the Scotsman Monday 20 April only gives very limited details, and there does not appear to have been a review in the Herald. It is a common feature of operatic touring that critics tend not to go, or are not invited, on the final Saturday. Cast details are from a Glasgow programme in the OperaScotland collection.

Performance Cast

Raoul Vicomte de Gardefeu, friend of Bobinet

Emile Belcourt

Bobinet nephew and heir of a Duchess

John Chorley

Métella a courtesan

Margaret Burton

Gontran a Cabinet Minister

Arthur Thelwell

Joseph an official guide, formerly Raoul's valet

Robert Eddie

Baron Gondremarck of Sweden

Eric Shilling

Baroness Christine Gondremarck's wife

Heather Begg

Brazilian a millionaire

Stanley Bevan

Alphonse Raoul's butler

Gwilym Lloyd

Gabrielle a glove-maker

Margaret Gale

Frick a cobbler

David Barrett

Pauline the Duchess's maid

Patricia Jackson

Claire niece to the Duchess's major-domo

Diana Chadwick

Louise niece to the Duchess's major-domo

Jane Whitehead

Prosper a servant in the Duchess's household

Louis Browne

Patrice a servant in the Duchess's household

Eric Stannard

Alfred head waiter at the Café Anglais

Peter Tracey

Performance DatesVie Parisienne 1964

Map List

Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 Apr, 14.00 11 Apr, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

18 Apr, 14.30 18 Apr, 19.30

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