Frederick Ashton and His Ballets


[Death in Venice]
An opera in two acts by Myfanwy Piper, from the story by Thomas Mann
M Benjamin Britten (Opus 88)
Produced by Colin Graham
S John Piper
C Charles Knode
Cast: Gustav van Aschenbach, a novelist: Peter Pears; The Traveller; John Shirley-Quirk
D The Polish Mother: Deanne Bergsma; Tadzio, her son: Robert Huguenin; Her two Daughters: Elizabeth Griffiths, Melanie Phillips; Their Governess: Sheila Humphreys; Jaschiu, Tadzio's friend: Nicholas Kirby; Street dancer: Sheila Humphreys; Polish, Russian, and German childrenm, Beggars: Angela Cox, Mark Sewell, Matthew Hawkins, Andris Plucis, Mark Welford, Ashley Wheater
FP English Opera Group, Aldeburgh Festival, The Maltings, Snape,
16 June 1973

NP Metropolitan Opera; R Faith Worth (choreography revised by Frederick Ashton):
D The Polish Mother: Vicki Fisera; Tadzio: Bryan Pitts; Her two Daughers: Alison Woodard, Claudia Sheil; Their Governess; Diana Levy; Jaschiu: Anthony Ferro
FP Metropolitan Opera House, New York NY, 18 October 1974

ST Royal Opera: D Tadzio: Douglas Howes; FP Royal Opera House, London, 31 March 1978

[World of Harlequin]
A ballet-play by Peter Brinson
Produced by Alexander Grant
Part Two: Harlequinade: The Wedding of Harlequin, or Harlequin's Revenge
Devised and produced by Alexander Grant
Choreography by Ninette de Valois and Frederick Ashton
Prologue and Epilogue written by Peter Brinson
M selected by Stephen Lade and Alexander Grant; arranged by Stephen Lade
SC Peter Courtier and the Production Wardrobe of the Royal Opera House, freely adapted from Pollock's Toy Theatre
D Grimaldi, servant of Pantalon: Thane Bettany; Pantalon, Master of the House: Oliver Symons; Columbine, Pantalon's Daughter: Belinda Corken; Pierrot, betrothed to Columbine: William Perrie; Harlequin, Columbine's True Lover: Graham Fletcher; Skeleton of Grimaldi: Beverly Parker; Shadow of Skeleton: Kenneth Saunders; Policeman: Ken BInge
FP Ballet for All, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 11 October 1973

[Tonight at 8:30]
The Friends of Covent Garden Christmas Party
Directed by Leslie Edwards
Grand Finale
M Franz Lehár, arranged by Peter Greenwell (waltz from Die lustige Witwe)
C for Margot Fonteyn by Christian Dior
D Margot Fonteyn, Frederick Ashton, and entire company
FP Royal Opera House, London, 16 December 1973


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