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Madam Butterfly 1965Sadler's Wells Opera

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This single week at the Glasgow Alhambra was the only visit by Sadler's Wells in the autumn of 1965. The programme included the first Scottish 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.

It was the first look at the new Colin Graham staging of Butterfly, perhaps a courageous move, given that Scottish Opera had themselves only mounted Peter Ebert's excellent new version in the spring - Laura Sarti sang in both, using Italian for the local company and English for SWO. Generally sound, Graham's view served the company for several seasons, re-appearing a couple more times before the Sadler's Wells company stopped touring.

Abbreviated cast details are from a review in the Glasgow Herald.

Performance Cast

Lieut. F B Pinkerton U S Navy

Rowland Jones

Goro marriage broker

Stanley Bevan

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Laura Sarti

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

John Hauxvell

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Elizabeth Robinson

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

James Singleton

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1965

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Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

3 Nov, 19.00

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