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Siegfried 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 season. Conducting was shared between Thomas Beecham (who conducted Mastersingers, Tristan, his first Ring cycles and Magic Flute) and his assistant, 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.

This Siegfried cast is almost entirely new, with the notable exception of Frederic Austin. Frederick Blamey seems surprising casting for the title role, with a more lyric repertoire on the tour, including Tamino. Edith Evans, the Brünnhilde, is also a lighter voice than Agnes Nicholls and Cicely Gleeson-White, who usually sang the role.

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

Performance Cast

Mime a Nibelung, Siegfried's fosterer

Hans Bechstein

Siegfried son of Siegmund and Sieglinde

Frederick Blamey

Wanderer Wotan in disguise

Frederic Austin

Alberich a Nibelung

Lewys James

Fafner disguised as a dragon

Harison Cook

Woodbird

Eveline Matthews

Erda mother of the Norns and Valkyries

Marion Beeley

Brünnhilde now a mortal

Edith Evans

Performance DatesSiegfried 1913

Map List

Grand Theatre, Leeds | Leeds

22 Oct, 18.00

Theatre Royal, Manchester | Manchester

5 Nov, 18.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

26 Nov, 18.00

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