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Zauberflöte 1969Sadler's Wells Opera

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The Frank Hauser staging from 1967, now directed by Keith Beattie, was nothing special as a production, but the cast on this tour includes favourite Scottish tenor William McAlpine as Tamino, the young bass Stafford Dean as Sarastro, and a youthful John Brecknock, soon to be an important exponent of the Rossini tenor roles. It also features the Scottish debut of Anne Evans as Pamina, her wonderful Scottish Opera Isolde still many years in the future. And the conductor is Georg Tintner, who would later specialise in conducting and recording Bruckner symphonies with the RSNO.

This was the last occasion on which Sadler’s Wells visited Aberdeen.

The 1968 visit to Glasgow had featured a repertoire of only five works and seems rather lightweight. This time there were eight, with some relative rareties. Edinburgh and Aberdeen, with one week apiece, saw The Magic Flute, Offenbach's Bluebeard, The Force of Destiny and The Rake's Progress. Glasgow, with a three week visit, saw all of the above, plus Count Ory, Ariadne on Naxos, Madam Butterfly and Patience.

Cast is as for Glasgow.

Performance DatesZauberflöte 1969

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

13 Oct, 19.30 16 Oct, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

20 Oct, 19.30 23 Oct, 19.30

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

28 Oct, 19.30 7 Nov, 19.30

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