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Italiana in Algeri 1968Sadler's Wells Opera

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The Italian Girl faded from the repertoire in the second half of the 19th century, and was only revived in Britain when Conchita Supervia had a great success at Covent Garden in 1935. This new production by Sadler’s Wells was the first staging in London since then, opening at the Coliseum only a few weeks before, on 15 October. It had not appeared in Scotland for over a century.

Patricia Kern and Harold Blackburn were experienced and excellent performers of Rossini comedies, and now added roles which they would revisit over the next decade. The rest of this cast was that of the London opening.

The three week Glasgow visit included five operas, opening with the Italian Girl. There were four performances of an extremely controversial new Don Giovanni, and three of a recent Rigoletto and four of a new Fledermaus. Only the 1963 staging of La Belle Hélène, back for its final run of three performances, was of any great vintage.

Performance Cast

Mustafà Bey of Algiers

Harold Blackburn

Elvira wife of Mustafà

Wendy Baldwin

Zulma Elvira's companion

Ann Robson

Haly a corsair captain in Mustafà's service

David Bowman

Lindoro Mustafà's Italian slave

John Winfield

Isabella the Italian Girl

Patricia Kern

Taddeo Isabella's companion

Julian Moyle

Performance DatesItaliana in Algeri 1968

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

12 Nov, 19.00 15 Nov, 19.00 21 Nov, 19.00

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