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Bohème 1957Sadler's Wells Opera

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Two Tuesday performances and two on Saturday - two of the performances in Dundee (whose audience missed out on Il trovatore as a result). The scheduling looks odd, but the casts were of a high quality.  Dundee was receiving its first ever visit by the Wells company, so perhaps the repertoire was a bit 'safe' compared with the venues management was familiar with.


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.

Casts are from programmes - for  Aberdeen in the City Library and for Dundee in the OperaScotland collection.

Performance Cast

Marcello a painter

Frederick Sharp (Apr 6, 9, 13)

Rodolfo a poet

William McAlpine (Apr 6, 13)

Robert Thomas (Apr 9)

Colline a philosopher

Harold Blackburn (Apr 6, 9, 13)

Schaunard a musician

John Probyn (Apr 6, 13)

Peter Glossop (Apr 9)

Benoit the students' landlord

Cecil Lloyd (Apr 6, 9, 13)

Mimì a seamstress

Patricia Howard (Apr 6, 13)

Joan Stuart (Apr 9)

Parpignol a toy vendor

John Harvey (Apr 6)

Ben Williams 2 (Apr 9, 13)

Musetta a grisette

Elizabeth Fretwell (Apr 6, 9)

Patricia Bartlett (Apr 13)

Alcindoro a wealthy follower of Musetta

Charles Draper (Apr 6, 9, 13)

Custom-house Sergeant

William Booth (Apr 6, 9, 13)


Ian Macpherson (Apr 6, 9, 13)

Performance DatesBohème 1957

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

6 Apr, 14.00

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

9 Apr, 19.30 13 Apr, 14.00

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

16 Apr, 19.30

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