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For your Wednesday listening enjoyment, here’s a BBC broadcast of the Gala Farewell to Sir David Webster (pictured, left) at the Royal Opera House on July 9, 1970. Highlights include a complete Lucia Mad Scene with Joan Sutherland and an early Gwyneth Jones essay of the “Liebestod.”  

Farewell Gala for Sir David Webster
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House
Introduced by Ian Wallace
July 9, 1970

Fanfare composed for the occasion by Benjamin Britten

Pagliacci: Prologue
Peter Glossop
Conductor: Edward Downes

Otello: Scenes from Act 1
Desdemona: Gwyneth Jones
Otello: James McCracken
Cassio: John Lanigan
Roderigo: John Dobson
Iago: Tito Gobbi
Montano: George MacPherson
Conductor: Georg Solti

Lucia di Lammermoor: Mad Scene
Lucia: Joan Sutherland
Enrico: Delme Bryn-Jones
Raimondo: Joseph Rouleau
Conductor: Richard Bonynge

La clemenza di Tito: “Deh, per questo istante”
Yvonne Minton
Conductor: Colin Davis

Tristan und Isolde: “Liebestod”
Gwyneth Jones
Conductor: Georg Solti

Falstaff:  Act 2: “Reverenza”; Act 3: Finale
Mistress Quickly: Regina Resnik
Bardolph: David Lennox
Falstaff: Geraint Evans
Pistol: Michael Langdon
Nanetta: Elizabeth Robson
Alice: Elizabeth Vaughan
Meg Page: Yvonne Minton
Fenton: Ryland Davies
Dr Caius: Kenneth MacDonald
Ford: Delme Bryn-Jones
Conductor: Georg Solti

Speech by Lord Drogheda
Speech by Sir David Webster

Special thanks to Friend of the Box Donald Collup!

  • Satisfied

    2016 at Aix-en-Provance looks very interesting:

    But then again, so did this year’s programming which, by many accounts, was very mediocre. That is, with the exception of Katie Mitchel’s well reviewed Alcina.

  • Lohenfal

    This is decidedly OT, but the time for the BSO Manon Lescaut livestream on Friday is 2:30 New York time (20.30 Munich time, according to their website). The 1:30 and 3:30 times listed on Parterre don’t appear correct, IMHO.

    • The BSO ad on this site says 3:30, but 20:30 in Munich is certainly 2:30 here in New York. I’ll check with the BSO press office to be sure.

      • Feldmarschallin

        When the tickets were sold it was originally 19.30 then Bachler changed the time to 20.30. I got rid of my ticket after that. Not to be missed is Eroberung von Mexiko which is one of the best things I have seen in years. Run to go see it. Will try and write a bit more next week when things quiet down here.

  • armerjacquino

    What a smashing programme. I wonder what else was performed? There must have been more, surely, otherwise it would have been significantly on the short side.

    • agh

      There was considerably more: the BBC concentrated on Solti’s contributions.

      In addition we had:

      The Trojans: Nuits d’Ivresse -- Veasey and Vickers -- Davis
      Die Entfuhring: one (I forget which) of Osmin’s arias -- Langdon -- Pritchard
      Die Meistersinger: Prelude Act III -- Goodall
      Il Trovatore: Tacea la Notte -- Arroyo -- Downes
      Don Giovanni: La ci darem la mano: Howells, Robinson -- Atherton
      Don Carlos: Ella giammai m’amo -- Ward -- Downes
      Cavalleria Rusticana: Tu qui Santuzza -- Shuard, Craig -- Downes
      Peter Grimes: Embroidery aria: Harper
      Act 1 Scene 2 (Inn scene) Vickers et al -- Davis
      Rigoletto: Quartet -- Vaughan, Bainbridge, Mauro, Glossop -- Pritchard
      Arabella: Mein Elemer -- Carlyle -- Downes

  • Buster

    Thanks a lot for sharing this. Particulalrly happy to have heard Yvonne Minton’s Sesto six years before her live Clemenza for Pritchard and her studio recording for Colin Davis. Gorgeous!