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Barbiere di Siviglia 1961Sadler's Wells Opera

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A second visit to Scotland for this successful 1960 production (which would continue in repertoire in London for nearly twenty years). Edinburgh was seeing it for the first time, and Glasgow and Dundee for the second time in six months. This was unusual for Glasgow, and for Dundee unique – but the Sadler’s Wells management had heard that the Gaumont was to close for conversion to widescreen cinema – no more stage or proscenium, therefore no more tours – and decided to fit in another visit, since Dundee had rapidly established itself as a very successful touring venue for the company. Future visits to Scotland would be restricted to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Unusually, this opera would also feature in the 1960 Edinburgh Festival programme, in a new staging not yet seen in London. This was part of a now rare Scottish visit by the company from Covent Garden.

The repertoire for the first (Glasgow Empire) leg, from 17 April, was: Mon Traviata; Tue Barber; Wed Figaro; Thu Fledermaus; Fri Tosca; Sat mat Fledermaus; Sat eve Barber.

Cast details are from copies of the Glasgow (18 April) and Dundee (4 May) programmes in the OperaScotland collection, supplemented by programmes in the ENO archives and Edinburgh City Library.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Kenneth Fawcett

Count Almaviva

John Stoddart 2 (Apr 18, 25, 29; May 4)

Gerald Davies (May 6)

Figaro a barber

John Heddle Nash (Apr 18)

Julian Moyle (Apr 25, 29; May 4, 6)

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Patricia Kern (Apr 18, 25; May 4, 6)

Catherine Wilson (Apr 29)

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Bernard Turgeon

Ambrogio Bartolo's servant

William Booth

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Rita Hunter

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Stanislav Pieczora (Apr 18, 25, 29)

Howell Glynne (May 4, 6)

Officer

Gwilym Jones

Notary

Neville Griffiths

Alcalde Mayor

Henry Whimpanny

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1961

Map List

Empire Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 Apr, 19.30 22 Apr, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

25 Apr, 19.00 29 Apr, 19.00

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

4 May, 19.15 6 May, 19.15

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