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Albert Herring 1966Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera began its long series of Britten productions with Albert Herring, at the time an undervalued piece. It had been revived by the English Opera Group at the 1965 Edinburgh Festival, and that in turn followed the making of a recording under the composer’s direction. The opening of this production also marked the company’s first appearance at Perth Theatre, an auditorium perfect in size for the work in question, and ideal for Mozart, as would be shown the following year with the opening of the famous Così fan tutte. The excellently observed staging by Anthony Besch was an immediate success, and the company was able to recall most of the performers ar regular intervals over the next five years, with Albert Herring forming the nucleus of Scottish Opera's first ventures into foreign touring.

Following the success of Don Giovanni in 1964 and Madama Butterfly in 1965, two midweek matinee performances were given for schoolchildren in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Performance Cast

Lady Billows an elderly aristocrat

Rae Woodland

Florence Pike housekeeper to Lady Billows

Johanna Peters

Miss Wordsworth head teacher

Patricia Clark

Mr Gedge the Vicar

Ronald Morrison

Mr Upfold the Mayor

Francis Egerton

Superintendent Budd police officer

William McCue

Sid from the butcher's

Michael Maurel

Nancy from the baker's

Catherine Wilson

Albert Herring from the greengrocer's

Gregory Dempsey

Mrs Herring the greengrocer, Albert's mother

Anna Reynolds

Emmie a schoolgirl

Sheila McGrow

Cis a schoolgirl

Jennifer Bermingham

Harry a schoolboy

Charles Begbie

Performance DatesAlbert Herring 1966

Map List

Perth Theatre | Perth

11 Apr, 19.00 13 Apr, 19.00

Kings Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

7 May, 19.00 12 May, 19.00 19 May, 14.00

Kings Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

25 May, 19.00 31 May, 19.00 2 Jun, 14.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

8 Jun, 19.00

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