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Nozze di Figaro 1965Sadler's Wells Opera

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A single week at the Glasgow Alhambra was the only Scottish venue visited by Sadler's Wells in the autumn of 1965. The programme included the first local viewing of a famous Wagner staging, a fresh look at Figaro, and a very rare sighting of Weber's Freischütz. The full schedule was: Mon Flying Dutchman, Tue Marriage of Figaro, Wed Madam Butterfly, Thu Der Freischütz, Fri Figaro, Sat mat & eve Orpheus in the Underworld.

The Glasgow Herald critic thoroughly enjoyed this new staging of Figaro, enthusing about ite 'effervescent humour and Mozartean qualities'.  It seems to have had a fresh and invigorating atmosphere that served the opera well, treating it as a human comedy with three-dimensional figures. It particularly emphasised the intricate master-servant relationships. The production opened at Sadler's Wells on 9 April 1965, and remained a staple of the Sadler's Wells repertoire until it was replaced by Jonathan Miller's staging in 1978.

The cast details are from Opera Scotland's copy of the programme for the second performance. The five leading roles were also taken by the same singers earlier in the week, according to the Herald review.

Performance DatesNozze di Figaro 1965

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Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

2 Nov, 19.00 5 Nov, 19.00

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