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Valkyrie 1927British National Opera Company

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BNOC was rapidly running out of money by this time - the Depression was affecting the entire economy, including, of course, ticket sales. Despite this the company spent six weeks in Scotland, a fortnight each in Glasgow and Edinburgh, then a week in Aberdeen and Dundee. Of the total of 48 performances, ten were of Wagner. Two elements of the Ring were given - Glasgow and Dundee seeing The Valkyrie while Edinburgh and Aberdeen were treated to Twilight of the Gods.

Sadly, the financial clout of cinema companies permitted them to acquire theatres up and down the country which rapidly reduced the availability of touring venues in centres like Dundee. Even if BNOC had survived, the theatre, as a touring destination, did not.

The complete cast is from a programme in Glasgow's Mitchell Library. The six leading roles and conductor for the second performance are taken from the Dundee Evening Telegraph & Post and the Dundee Courier & Advertiser. Walter Hyde had been a leading performer of Siegmund since the Covent Garden Ring of 1908. It is interesting to note that the minor Valkyrie performers included both the company's Butterfly (Eda Bennie) and Manon (Marguerite Anderson).

Performance Cast

Siegmund a Volsung

Walter Hyde

Sieglinde a Volsung, sister of Siegmund

Rachel Morton

Hunding husband of Sieglinde

Norman Allin

Wotan father of the Valkyries and Volsungs

Horace Stevens

Brünnhilde a Valkyrie

Gladys Ancrum

Fricka Wotan's estranged wife

Constance Willis

Gerhilde a Valkyrie

Marjorie Parry

Ortlinde a Valkyrie

Marguerite Anderson

Waltraute a Valkyrie

Justine Griffiths

Schwertleite a Valkyrie

Gertrude Hember

Helmwige a Valkyrie

Eda Bennie

Siegrune a Valkyrie

Frances Frost

Grimgerde a Valkyrie

Beatrice Stanley

Rossweisse a Valkyrie

Ethel Freegarde

Performance DatesValkyrie 1927

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

29 Sep, 18.30

King's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

4 Nov, 18.30

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