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Traviata 1958Sadler's Wells Opera

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For the first, indeed the only time, Sadler’s Wells took an identical repertoire for a week in each of the four Scottish cities.

As well as Traviata and Bohème there were two performances of Figaro and three of Merry Widow. All four of the operas (though not all performances) were conducted by Alexander Gibson.

This Traviata production, originally mounted by Joan Cross in 1950, had been performed dozens of times in London and on tour.

In this cast, there are four Scottish singers, William McAlpine, David Ward, Harold Blackburn and Joan Clarkson, who would all appear later with Scottish Opera, as would Peter Glossop.

Casts shown are from programmes for Edinburgh (NLS) and Dundee.

Performance Cast

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Elizabeth Fretwell (Apr 29)

Victoria Elliott (May 9)

Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo

John Probyn

Doctor Grenvil

David Ward (Apr 29)

Harold Blackburn (May 9)

Flora Bervoix Violetta's friend

Joyce Blackham

Marquis d' Obigny

Kenneth Fawcett

Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town

Gwent Lewis

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

William McAlpine

Annina Violetta's maid

Joan Clarkson

Giuseppe Violetta's servant

John Larsen (Apr 29)

Gomer Morris (May 9)

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

Frederick Sharp (Apr 29)

Peter Glossop (May 9)


Angela Wheeldon


Sophia Trant

Dawn Keeler

Philippe Perrottet

Performance DatesTraviata 1958

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

29 Apr, 19.00

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

9 May, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

15 May, 19.00

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

22 May, 19.00

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