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Madam Butterfly 1944Sadler's Wells Opera

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The Sadler's Wells visit in Autumn 1944 lasted four weeks, two each in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Tyrone Guthrie's production of Butterfly had been in the repertoire for each of the previous visits, and here had a further five performances, with the female roles double cast. The work was given on both opening Mondays and both closing Saturdays. Edinburgh also had a mid-week matinee. Guthrie's influence continued, with the Herald's critic noting enthusiastically that the company were 'applying the standards of spoken drama to opera.'

The repertoire was fairly conventional, with performances of Puccini (Bohème, Butterfly, Il tabarro & Gianni Schicchi), Mozart (Così fan tutte), Rossini (Barber of Seville), and Smetana (Bartered Bride). Tabarro and Così were the two novelties.

The abbreviated cast details are taken from reviews of the opening nights in the Herald (30 October) and the Scotsman (13 November).

Performance Cast

Lieut. F B Pinkerton U S Navy

Ben Williams

Goro marriage broker

Rhys Williams

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Edith Coates (Oct 30)

Valetta Iacopi (Nov 13)

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Roderick Jones

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Victoria Sladen (Oct 30)

Noël Eadie (Nov 13)

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1944

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

30 Oct, 19.00 11 Nov, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

13 Nov, 19.00 15 Nov, 14.00 25 Nov, 19.00

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