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Traviata 1957Sadler's Wells Opera

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Traviata was the opera chosen by Sadler’s Wells as the first experience audiences in Aberdeen and Dundee would have of the company’s work, so presumably the management thought it was good. Certainly William McAlpine and David Ward were two Scottish artists on the verge of major international careers. Peter Glossop later worked with Scottish Opera many times, and Victoria Elliott, Elizabeth Fretwell, Anna Pollak, Sheila Rex and Frederick Sharp were stalwart and long serving members of the Wells company.

Leo Quayle was musical director of Welsh National Opera and then moved to South Africa, where he became an influential opera conductor. Joan Cross was a leading soprano with Sadler's Wells before the war, and became manager of the company even while she was still singing. Britten composed several roles for her - Ellen Orford, Female Chorus and Lady Billows found her still in her prime. She also created the title role in Gloriana and Mrs Grose. She worked on one occasion with Scottish Opera, when she directed The Gondoliers in 1968.

Casts for Dundee (programme) and Aberdeen (programme in City Library).

Performance Cast

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Elizabeth Fretwell (Apr 1)

Victoria Elliott (Apr 8)

Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo

John Probyn

Doctor Grenvil

David Ward

Flora Bervoix Violetta's friend

Anna Pollak

Marquis d' Obigny

Peter Glossop

Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town

Gwent Lewis

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

William McAlpine

Annina Violetta's maid

Sheila Rex

Giuseppe Violetta's servant

John Larsen (Apr 1)

Ben Williams 2 (Apr 8)

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

Frederick Sharp

Performance DatesTraviata 1957

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

1 Apr, 19.30

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

8 Apr, 19.30

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

27 Apr, 14.30

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