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Bartered Bride 1957Sadler's Wells Opera

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On its first tour to Scotland since 1944, the Sadler’s Wells company ventured north of the central belt for the first time, giving a week of performances in both Aberdeen and Dundee.  Their success was such that those two cities immediately became annual fixtures on the touring schedule.

The Bartered Bride was a popular piece at this time – really the only Czech opera to be given in Britain with any regularity.  This cast contains several singers who would become familiar to Scottish audiences.  The conductor was a Scot whose career was spent largely introducing musicals to the West End.   And lurking among the clowns and dancers is a very young (17?) Christopher Gable, soon to become a leading dancer with the Royal Ballet, later a highly-regarded actor, and finally the Director of Northern Ballet Theatre in Manchester.  There is another notable dancer in Sir Peter Wright, eventually to be director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.


The 1957 tour programme

The four week tour of Scotland for once omitted Edinburgh, going to Aberdeen and Dundee instead.  Having been without professional opera since before the war, Dundee had received hugely successful visits by Carl Rosa in 1955 and 1956, so it was logical for the Wells to follow on, as they did annually with equal success until the theatre again became unavailable in 1961.  The repertoire in each city was similar but for Dundee not hearing Il trovatore (an extra Bohème instead) and Glasgow also getting Eugene Onegin and Puccini's Trittico.

The tour schedule was as follows:

Aberdeen, w/c 1 April:  Mon 1  Traviata;  Tue 2  Tosca;  Wed 3  Martha;  Thu 4  Trovatore;  Fri 5  Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 6 mat Bartered Bride;  Sat 6 eve  Bohème.

Dundee, w/c 8 April:  Mon 8  Traviata;  Tue 9  Bohème;  Wed 10  Marriage of Figaro;  Thu 11  Martha;  Fri 12  Tosca;  Sat 13 mat  Bohème.;  Sat 3 eve  Bartered Bride.

Glasgow, w/c 15 April:  Mon 15  Trovatore;  Tue 16  Bohème;  Wed 17  Tosca;  Thu 18  Trovatore;  Fri 19  Martha;  Sat 20 Mat  Bartered Bride;  Sat 20 eve  Tosca

Glasgow, w/c 22 April:  Mon 22  Marriage of Figaro;  Tue 23  Martha;  Wed 24  Tabarro & Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi;  Thu 25  Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 26 Eugene Onegin;  Sat 27 mat  Traviata.;  Sat 27 eve Bartered Bride.

Performance DatesBartered Bride 1957

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His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

6 Apr, 19.30

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

13 Apr, 19.15

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

20 Apr, 14.30 27 Apr, 19.30

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