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Collection name Diana Gordon Collection: Sadler's Wells Theatre (1953-67)
Unique identifier x.435/318
Description A collection of programmes for operatic and ballet performances given by resident and visiting companies at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London between 1953 and 1967, held loosely and arranged in a miscellaneous fashion over the ten variously sized parcels comprising the Diana Gordon collection.

Also included is a handbill for a production of Wagner, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, to be given by Sadler's Wells Opera on 31 January, 3, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22 and 28 February and 2 March [no year], conducted by Reginald Goodall.

All performances were given in English and all programmes provide detailed information regarding the performers and the production team, offer programme notes/a synopsis of the plot, and carry a number of advertisements.

Items are listed here according to the production company, with those productions given by Sadler's Wells Opera Group followed in alphabetical order by visiting groups. The names of the conductors are given in parenthesis


- Sadler's Wells Opera Group
6 October 1953: Verdi, Luisa Miller (James Robertson)
19 March 1954: Bizet, The Pearl Fishers (Vilem Tausky)
21 March 1955: Mozart, The Magic Flute (Rudolf Schwarz)
21 April 1955, Janacek, Katya Kabanova (Rafael Kubelik)
14 February 1957: Puccini, Trittico, comprising Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi (Leo Quayle, Marcus Dods and Alexander Gibson)
6 March 1957: Mozart, The Magic Flute (Alexander Gibson)
10 February 1959: Vaughan Williams, Riders to the Sea/Menotti, The Telephone/Bartok, Bluebeard's Castle, (Alexander Gibson).
21 January 1960: Bartok, Duke Bluebeard's Castle/Stravinsky, Oedipus Rex (Reginald Goodall and Colin Davis)
2 April 1960: Puccini, Tosca (Colin Davis)
7 April 1961: Janacek, The Cunning Little Vixen (Colin Davis)
27 October 1962: Mozart, Idomeneo (Colin Davis)
15 November 1962: Delius, A Village Romeo and Juliet (Meredith Davies)
23 November 1963: Rossini, Count Ory (Bryan Balkwill)
13 November 1964: Puccini, Madam Butterfly (Mario Bernardi)
17 March 1965: Ravel, L'Enfant et Les Sortileges/L'Heure Espagnole (John Matheson and Brian Priestman)
23 April 1965: Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro (Charles Mackerras)
12 October 1967: Gluck, Orpheus and Eurydice (Bryan Balkwill)


- Carl Rosa Opera (conducted by Arthur Hammond)
19 June 1956 and 15 April 1957: Puccini, Manon Lescaut/Berlioz, Benvenuto Cellini


- English Opera Group
7 and 9 October 1954: Arthur Oldham, Love in a Village/Lennox Berkeley, A Dinner Engagement (Vilem Tausky)
11 and 16 October 1954: Britten, The Turn of the Screw (Benjamin Britten)
26, 28, and 29 June 1962: Britten, Albert Herring (Meredith Davies).


- Hamburg State Opera/Hamburg State Orchestra and Opera Chorus
25 September-6 October 1962: Wagner, Lohengrin/Berg, Lulu (first English performance)/Hans Werne Henze, Der Prinz von Homberg/Berg, Wozzeck, conducted by Leopold Ludwig, Hans Werne, Horst Stein and Albert Bittner (prospectus with detailed biographical information and programme notes). The collection also includes a newspaper cutting containing a review of the Werne work.


- Handel Opera Society (conducted by Charles Farncombe)
23, 25 and 27 June 1959: Handel, Semele (Philomusica of London and the Chandos Chorus)
17, 19, 21 July 1962: Handel, Jephtha (Handel Opera Society Orchestral and Chorus)


- New Opera Company and New Opera Orchestra
All productions featured Leon Lovett as a conductor. Additional conductors are listed below.
[no date] 1958: Werner Egy, The Government Inspector
April 1960: Schoenberg, Erwartung (first British performance)/Stravinsky, The Nightingale (Brian Priestman)
April 1960: Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman/Stravinsky, The Soldier's Tale (Keith Darlington)
April 1961: Luigi Dallapiccola, The Prisoner/Ravel, L'Heure Espagnole (London Bach Group, Brian Priestman)
27, 29 and 31 July 1965: Prokofiev, The Angel of Fire


- Opera da Camara de Buenos Aires
14 July 1958 (for one week): Telemann, Pimpinone/Hindemith, Hin und Zurück (Charles Mackerass)


- Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels
22 April 1960: Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaeffer, Symphony pour un home seul/ Guy Bernard, Les Algues/Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps.


- Welsh National Opera Company/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
May 1961: Verdi, The Battle (Charles Groves).
May 1961: Rimsky Korsakov, May Night (Charles Mackerras).
Date range 1953 - 1967
Associated People and Organisations Welsh National Opera - Wagner, Richard - Verdi, Giuseppe - Vaughan Williams, Ralph - Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels - Telemann, Georg Phillipp - Tausky, Vilem - Stravinsky, Igor - Stein, Horst - Schwarz, Rudolf - Schoenberg, Arnold - Schaeffer, Pierre - Sadlers' Wells Opera - Robertson, James - Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay - Ravel, Maurice - Quayle, Leo - Puccini, Giacomo - Prokofiev, Sergey - Priestman, Brian - Philomusica of London - Opera de Camara de Buenos Aires - New Opera Company - Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Menotti, Gian Carlo - Mackerras, Charles - Ludwig, Leopold - Lovett, Leon - London Bach Group - Kubelik, Rafael - Janacek, Leos - Hindemith, Paul - Henze, Hans Werner - Henry, Pierre - Handel, George Frideric - Handel Opera Society - Hammond, Arthur - Hamburg State Opera - Groves, Charles - Gordon, Diana - Goodall, Reginald - Gogol, Nikolai - Gluck, Christoph Willibald von - Gibson, Alexander 1926 - 1995 Farncombe, Charles - English Opera Group - English Chamber Orchestra - Dods, Marcus - Delius, Frederick - Davis, Colin 1927 - Davies, Meredith - Darlington, Keith - Dallapiccola, Luigi - Chandos Chorus - Carl Rosa Opera Company - Britten, Benjamin - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Bizet, Georges - Bittner, Albert - Bernardi, Mario - Bernard, Guy - Berlioz, Hector - Berkeley, Lennox - Bartok, Bela - Balkwill, Bryan -
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