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Valkyrie 1913Denhof Opera Company

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The astonishing phenomenon that was the Edinburgh-based Denhof Opera Company received great critical acclaim for their ambitious repertoire and high standard of presentation. Sadly, audience numbers were sometimes disappointing (especially in Manchester). This final season saw the Scottish premieres of Der Rosenkavalier and Pelléas et Mélisande, with further performances of Elektra, brought back from the 1912 tour. Conducting was shared between Thomas Beecham (who conducted Mastersingers, Tristan, his first Ring cycles and Magic Flute) and Hans Schilling-Ziemssen.

Repertoire for the Manchester week, commencing Monday 29 September was Mon: Rosenkavalier; Tue Tristan; Wed Magic Flute; Thu Pelléas; Fri Elektra; Sat mat Rosenkavalier and Sat eve Flying Dutchman. The second Manchester week was cancelled because of heavy losses but the company was quickly reconstituted with the financial help of Beecham to allow much of the rest of the tour to take place. Edinburgh survived in the schedule, but the last weeks in Aberdeen and Glasgow were dropped. After much publicity, the company returned to Manchester for a second week, commencing 3 November (in preference to the originally planned second week at Liverpool). This week featured a Ring cycle, and the full schedule was: Mon Rheingold; Tue Valkyrie, Wed Siegfried; Thu Rosenkavalier; Fri Twilight of the Gods; Sat mat Orpheus and Euridice; Sat eve Mastersingers.

Cast details are from an advertising playbill for the Manchester week in Manchester City Library.

Performance Cast

Siegmund a Volsung

Walter Hyde

Sieglinde a Volsung, sister of Siegmund

Elizabeth Schiller

Hunding husband of Sieglinde

Robert Radford

Wotan father of the Valkyries and Volsungs

Frederic Austin

Brünnhilde a Valkyrie

Cicely Gleeson-White

Fricka Wotan's estranged wife

Maud Santley

Gerhilde a Valkyrie

Eveline Matthews

Ortlinde a Valkyrie

Ida Cooper

Waltraute a Valkyrie

Maud Santley

Schwertleite a Valkyrie

Miss C Hollington

Helmwige a Valkyrie

Margaret Vincent

Siegrune a Valkyrie

Marion Beeley

Grimgerde a Valkyrie

Molly Deane

Rossweisse a Valkyrie

Clytie Hine

Performance DatesValkyrie 1913

Map List

Grand Theatre, Leeds | Leeds

21 Oct, 18.30

Theatre Royal, Manchester | Manchester

4 Nov, 18.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

25 Nov, 18.30

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