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Tosca 1957Sadler's Wells Opera

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1957 was the year when Alexander Gibson was invited to make his debut at Covent Garden, conducting Tosca, with a cast including Zinka Milanov and Franco Corelli. It was clearly one of his favourite operas, so it seems surprising that he did not introduce it to the Scottish Opera repertoire until 1980.

This cast featured Victoria Elliott in what was widely reckoned to be her best role. She had the power required for the dramatic sections, and the control to allow her to sing 'Vissi d'arte' lying prone, propped on one elbow, in the manner made famous by Maria Jeritza forty years earlier. Ronald Dowd, was an Australian who would spend much of the next fifteen years at Sadler’s Wells as a dramatic tenor. With Scottish Opera he sang Otello, Aeneas and Florestan. Harold Blackburn was also a leading member of the Sadler’s Wells company during that time, and he was one of the Scots who encouraged Gibson in his attempt to establish a Scottish company. Patricia Johnson did sing leading roles with the Wells, such as Carmen, but spent most of her career as a leading mezzo at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin.

Cast shown is that for the Dundee performance.

Performance DatesTosca 1957

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His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

2 Apr, 19.00

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

12 Apr, 19.00

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

17 Apr, 19.00 20 Apr, 19.00

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