Frederick Ashton and His Ballets


Opéra comique in five acts by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, from the novel by Abbé Prévost; English version by Norman Feasey
M Jules Massenet (1884)
Production by Frederick Ashton
SC James Bailey
Cast: Manon Lescaut: Virginia McWatters; The Count des Grieux: Jess Walters; Lescaut: Dennis Noble
FP Covent Garden Opera, Royal Opera House, London, 30 January 1947

Albert Herring
A Comic Opera in three acts by Eric Crozier, freely adapted from
Le Rosier de Madame Husson by Guy de Maupassant
M Benjamin Britten (opus 39)
Production by Frederick Ashton
SC John Piper
Cast: Lady Billows: Joan Cross; Florence: Gladys Parr; Miss
Wordsworth: Margaret Ritchie; Mr Gedge: William Parsons;
Mr Upfold: Roy Ashton; Superintendent Budd: Norman Lumsden;
Sid: Frederick Sharp; Albert Herring: Peter Pears; Nancy:
Nancy Evans; Mrs Herring: Betsy de la Porte; Emmie: Leslie
Duff; Cis: Anne Sharp; Harry: David Spenser
FP English Opera Group, Glyndebourne Opera House, 20 June 1947

Valses nobles et sentimentales
M Maurice Ravel (orchestral transcription, 1912)
SC Sophie Fedorovitch
D Anne Heaton, Donald Britton, Michael Boulton, Elaine Fifield, Maryon Lane, Jane Shore, Yvonne Barnes, Kenneth MacMillan, Michael Hogan, Peter Darrell
FP Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 1 October 1947

NP Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet; R Frederick Ashton, Anne Heaton et al (Peter Wright, uncredited); SC Sophie Fedorovitch, realised by William Chappell:
D Nicholas Millington, Marion Tait, Stephen Wicks, Nicola Katrak, Karen Donovan, Susan Lucas, Louise Britain, Kevin O'Hare, Iain Webb, Mark Welford
FP Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 9 January 1987

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