Frederick Ashton and His Ballets

1940

Dante Sonata
(D'après une lecture de Dante)
M Franz Liszt, orchestrated by Constant Lambert (Fantaisie, quasi Sonate: d'après une lecture de Dante, from Années de Pélérinage: Seconde Année--Italie, 1848)
SC Sophie Fedorovitch, after John Flaxman (1755-1826)
D Children of Light*: Margot Fonteyn, Pamela May, Julia Farron, Michael Somes; Children of Darkness*: June Brae, Joy Newton, Robert Helpmann; and corps de ballet
FP Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 23 January 1940

*These designations did not appear in the opening night programme but were added later.

ST Sadler's Wells Ballet; D Children of Light: Margot Fonteyn, Pamela May, David Paltenghi; Children of Darkness: Beryl Grey, Robert Helpmann; FP Royal Opera House, London, 20 March 1946

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; solo for Pamela May only; D Monica Mason; Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

ST Ballet for All; excerpt only; FP Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 13 October 1972

NP Birmingham Royal Ballet; R Jean Bedells, Pauline Clayden, Pamela May:
D Children of Light: Monica Zamora, Andrea Tredinnick, Wolfgang Stollwitzer
Children of Darkness: Asya Verzhbinsky, Dominic Antonucci
FP Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 14 April 2000

The Wise Virgins
M Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Constant Lambert, orchestrated by William Walton
(1 Cantata 140: Wachet auf (final chorale)
2 Cantata 142: Dein Geburstag ist erschienen (bass aria)
3 Cantata 99: Was Gott tut (opening chorus)
4 Organ Chorale BWU 727: Herzlich tutmir verlangen
5 Cantata 85: Ich bin ein guter Hirt (tenor aria), Seht, was die Liebe tut
6 Cantata 26: Ach wie flüchtig (opening chorus)
7 Cantata 208: Was mir behagt (soprano aria), Schafe, können sicher weiden
8 As 3, with different scoring, orchestrated to two ritornelli without chorale
9 Cantata 129: Gelobet sei der Herr (concluding chorale setting)
Curtain SC Rex Whistler
D The Bridegroom: Michael Somes; The Bride: Margot Fonteyn; The Father: Claude Newman; The Mother: Annabel Farjeon; Wise Virgins: Julia Farron, Olive Deacon, Joan Leaman, Joan Sheldon, Palma Nye; Foolish Virgins: Mary Honer, Elizabeth Kennedy, Joy Newton, Patricia Garnett, Jean Bedells; Angels: Richard Ellis, John Hart, Leslie Edwards, Leo Young, Stanley Hall; Cherubs: Deryk Mendel, Margaret Dale, Guineverre Parry, Mavis Jackson
FP Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, 24 April 1940

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; solo for the Bride only; D Margot Fonteyn, who danced it again on other occasions; Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

ST Ballet for All; solo for the Bride only; FP Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 13 October 1972

 

 

 

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