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Violins of Saint-Jacques 1967Sadler's Wells Opera

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The British-domiciled Australian composer Malcolm Williamson produced several operas during a ten-year period of which Violins was the most successful. It opened at Sadler's Wells in 1966, and was taken on tour the following year. It was also revived after the company moved to the Coliseum. Williamson's musical style was sometimes criticised for its conservatism, which may have inhibited its acceptance by many advocates of new music. However it is undoubtedly approachable and dramatically effective, as when exotic tropical sounds are indicated in the present case.

The subject of Patrick Leigh Fermor's source novel is a fictionalised account of the cataclysmic eruption of Mont Pelée on Martinique in 1902, which killed some 30,000 people. Of the cast of characters, with the exception of the fishermen in the prologue, only one survives.

Cast details are from a programme in the ENO archive for opening night, and a programme in the Opera Scotland archive for 17 November.

Performance DatesViolins of Saint-Jacques 1967

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King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

7 Nov, 19.00 17 Nov, 19.00

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