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COVENT GARDEN: 1940s


1940 International Opera Season (cancelled)

1940: INTERNATIONAL OPERA SEASON 1940 (ROH, CvtGdn) Flyer
Flyer with details of the proposed (and subsequently cancelled) 1940 season, commencing April 29th, and under the direction of Sir Thomas Beecham, Bart.; subscription rates, application form, repertoire list ("at least 15 operas"), fascinating Covent Garden seating plan [6pp; 5.75x8.9; most unusual] £6

1946 (20 Feb): Covent Garden re-opened by the Sadler's Wells Ballet Company with THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

1946 San Carlo Opera, Naples visit (5 September to 10 November)

1946 (7 Sep): LA BOHEME (ROH, CvtGdn)
The C.M.F. San Carlo Opera Company (San Carlo Theatre, Naples): Onelia Fineschi (as Mimi), Maria Huder, Luigi Infantino (as Rodolfo), Paolo Silveri, Alfredo Colella, Aramis Titta, Melchiore Luise, Adelio Zagonara, Rodolfo Azzolini; c:Franco Capuana [4pp, 5.5x8.6; cast list, credits, The Story of the Opera etc.; uncommon; flimsy and rumpled, else VG] £3

1946 (18 Oct): RIGOLETTO (ROH, CvtGdn)
The C.M.F. San Carlo Opera Company (San Carlo Theatre, Naples): Lina Aimaro (as Gilda), Luigi Infantino (as Duca), Carlo Tagliabue (as Rigoletto), Augusto Romani, Wanda Madonna, Iginio Ricco, Aramis Titta, Maria Huder, Mario Linari, Mariano Caruso, Fedora Solveni; c:Franco Capuana [4pp, 5.5x9; cast list, credits, The Story of the Opera etc.; uncommon; creases, else VG] £3

1946-47 Covent Garden Opera Company Season (12 December to 5 July)

1946 (12 Dec): Covent Garden Opera & Sadler's Wells Ballet Companies unite for THE FAIRY QUEEN (Purcell)

1946 (31 Dec): THE FAIRY QUEEN - Henry Purcell, adapted by Constant Lambert (ROH, CvtGdn)
Margaret Rawlings (as Titania), Tony Tarver, Muriel Rae, Bruce Dargavel, James Kenney, Joan Sheldon, Robert Helpmann (as Oberon), Edgar Evans, Beryl Grey, Gillian Lynne, Margaret Dale, Olive Dyer, Audrey Bowman, Constance Shacklock, Gladys Palmer, David Franklin, Harcourt Williams, Michael Hordern, Cyril Wheeler, Douglas Seale, Gordon Crier, Ronald Ritchie, Moira Shearer, Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes, David Davenport, Muriel Burnett, Dennis Stephenson, Rhydderch Davies, Hubert Norville, Julia Farron, Gerd Larsen, Leslie Edwards, Alexander Grant, David Paltenghi, Richard Ellis; c:Constant Lambert, dir:Frederick Ashton and Malcolm Baker Smith [8pp, 4.9x7.4 white; cast list, credits, forthcoming programmes etc.; uncommon; VG] £4

1947 (14 Jan): Covent Garden Opera Company gives first complete post-war opera performance - CARMEN (Bizet)

1947 (5 Feb): CARMEN in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Kenneth Neate (as Don Jose), Dennis Noble, Grahame Clifford, Hubert Norville, Bruce Dargavel, David Franklin, Arthur Kellet, Edith Coates (as Carmen), Muriel Rae, Audrey Bowman, Constance Shacklock; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Henry Cass [8pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, story of the opera, credits, Ballet cast, forthcoming attractions etc.; uncommon; slightly rumpled, date on cover, else VG] £4

1947 (17 Apr): MANON in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Virgina MacWatters (as Manon), Muriel Burnett, Muriel Rae, Constance Shacklock, Brenda Godfray, Edgar Evans (as Des Grieux), George Hancock, Jess Walters, Hubert Norville, Bruce Dargavel, Rhydderch Davies, John Highcock, Charles Morris, Graham Allender, Ronald Lewis, David Harris; c:Reginald Goodall, dir:Frederick Ashton [8pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, story of the opera, credits, forthcoming attractions etc.; uncommon; slightly rumpled, title on cover, else VG] £4

1947 (10 Jun): TURANDOT in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Rhydderch Davies, Vera Terry, Walter Midgley (as Calaf), Oscar Natzka, Grahame Clifford, Edgar Evans, Hubert Norville, Anthony Pavilony, Eva Turner (as Turandot); c:Constant Lambert, dir:Michael Benthall [8pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, story of the opera, credits, forthcoming attractions etc.; uncommon; slightly rumpled, title on cover, else VG] £4

1947 (27 Jun): ROSENKAVALIER in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Doris Doree (as Princess von Werdenberg), David Franklin (as Baron Ochs), Victoria Sladen (as Octavian), Grahame Clifford, Leni Lynn (as Sophie), Muriel Burnett, Kenneth Neate, Hubert Norville, Constance Shacklock, Bruce Dargavel, Edgar Evans, Dennis Stephenson; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Joan Cross [8pp, 4.9x7.4 white; cast list, story of the opera, credits, forthcoming attractions etc.; uncommon; slightly rumpled, else VG] £3

1947 (1 Jul): TURANDOT in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Rhydderch Davies, Vera Terry, Walter Midgley (as Calaf), Bruce Dargavel, Grahame Clifford, Edgar Evans, Hubert Norville, Anthony Pavilony, Eva Turner (as Turandot); c:Constant Lambert, dir:Michael Benthall [8pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, story of the opera, credits, forthcoming attractions etc.; uncommon; slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1947 Vienna State Opera visit (16 September to 4 October)
See Wiener Staatsoper

1947 English Opera Group visit (8 to 18 October)
See English Opera Group page

1947 Covent Garden Opera Company On Tour

1947 (25 Oct): TURANDOT in English (Davis Theatre, Croydon)
Rhydderch Davies, Muriel Burnett, Walter Midgley (as Calaf), Marian Nowakowski, Grahame Clifford, Edgar Evans, Hubert Norville, Anthony Pavilony, Eva Turner (as Turandot); c:Reginald Goodall, dir:Michael Benthall [8pp, 5.5x8.75; cast list, credits, synopsis, administration, theatre notes, future repertory etc.; uncommon; slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1947-48 Covent Garden Opera Company (31 October to 5 June)

1947 (8 Nov): TURANDOT in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Rhydderch Davies, Muriel Rae, Walter Midgley (as Calaf), Marian Nowakowski, Grahame Clifford, Edgar Evans, Hubert Norville, Anthony Pavilony, Eva Turner (as Turandot); c:Reginald Goodall, dir:Michael Benthall [4.9x7.5 white, with amendment insert; this was to have been a performance of PETER GRIMES, but "owing to the sudden indisposition of Peter Pears", TURANDOT was given instead; the programme prints the cast and synopsis for GRIMES, and an insert gives the cast for TURANDOT; very uncommon; slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1947 (13 Nov): PETER GRIMES (ROH, CvtGdn)
Peter Pears, Joan Cross, Edith Coates, Blanche Turner, Muriel Burnett, Tom Williams, Constance Shacklock, Ernest Davies, Grahame Clifford, Hubert Norville, David Tree, Rhydderch Davies, Derek North; c:Reginald Goodall, dir:Tyrone Guthrie [4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits; rumpled, but intact] £3

1947 (28 Nov): PETER GRIMES (ROH, CvtGdn)
Richard Lewis, Doris Doree, Edith Coates, Blanche Turner, Muriel Burnett, Tom Williams, Constance Shacklock, Owen Brannigan, Grahame Clifford, Hubert Norville, David Tree, Rhydderch Davies, Derek North; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Tyrone Guthrie [4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits; VG] £4

1948 (10 Feb): THE MASTERSINGERS in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Frank Sale (as Walter), Victoria Sladen (as Eva), Constance Shacklock, Heddle Nash (as David), David Franklin (as Pogner), Grahame Clifford (as Beckmesser), Edgar Evans, George Hancock, Hans Hotter (as Sachs), Rhydderch Davies, Marian Nowakowski, Emlyn Jones, David Tree, Anthony Pavilony, Ronald Lewis, Charles Morris, Geraint Evans (as Night Watchman); c:Karl Rankl, dir:Julius Gellner [8pp, 4.9x7.4 white; cast list, synopsis, credits, forthcoming attractions etc.; rumpled, else VG] £3

1948 (13 Mch): DIE WALKURE in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Arthur Carron (as Siegmund), Doris Doree (as Sieglinde), David Franklin, Hans Hotter (as Wotan), Kirsten Flagstad (as Brunnhilde), Edith Coates, Elisabeth Abercrombie, Muriel Rae, Elisabeth Harbutt, Audrey Bowman, Denise Francis-Sirou, Constance Shacklock, Rosina Raisbeck; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; title on cover, else VG] £5

1948 (16 Mch): TRISTAN UND ISOLDE in German (ROH, CvtGdn)
Kirsten Flagstad (as Isolde), Constance Shacklock, August Seider (as Tristan), David Tree, Edgar Evans, Hans Hotter (as Kurwenal), Hubert Norville, Rhydderch Davies, Norman Walker; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [8pp, 4.9x7.4 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; minor marks, rumpled, light vertical bend, else VG] £3

1948 (20 Mch): TRISTAN UND ISOLDE in German (ROH, CvtGdn)
Kirsten Flagstad (as Isolde), Constance Shacklock, August Seider (as Tristan), David Tree, Edgar Evans, Tom Williams, Hubert Norville, Rhydderch Davies, David Franklin; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits; title on cover, else VG] £5

1948 (21 May): BORIS GODUNOV in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Ronald Lewis, Hubert Littlewood, Rhydderch Davies, Paolo Silveri (as Boris), Barbara Britton, Jean Carpenter, David Franklin (as Pimen), Edgar Evans (as Dimitri), Edith Coates, Howell Glynne (as Varlaam), David Tree, Geraint Evans, Beatrice Gibson, Emlyn Jones, Hubert Norville, Thomas Fletcher, Richard Lewis (as The Simpleton); c:Peter Gellhorn, dir:Peter Brook [4.9x7.5, 8pp; white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; uncommon; minor marks, slightly rumpled, title on cover, else VG] £3

1948 (28 May): BORIS GODUNOV in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Ronald Lewis, Hubert Littlewood, Rhydderch Davies, Marian Nowakowski (as Boris), Barbara Britton, Jean Carpenter, David Franklin (as Pimen), Edgar Evans (as Dimitri), Edith Coates, Howell Glynne (as Varlaam), David Tree, Geraint Evans, Beatrice Gibson, Emlyn Jones, Hubert Norville, Thomas Fletcher, Richard Lewis (as The Simpleton); c:Peter Gellhorn, dir:Peter Brook [8pp, 4.9x7.4 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1948-49 Covent Garden Opera Company (29 September to 4 March, and 26 April to 11 June)

1948 (16 Oct): AIDA in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
David Franklin, Torsten Ralf (as Radames, for Franco Beval), Edith Coates, Ljuba Welitsch (as Aida), Marian Nowakowski, Dennis Stephenson, Elisabeth Abercrombie, Paolo Silveri, Moyra Fraser (Premiere Danseuse); c:Reginald Goodall, dir:Michael Benthall [12pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; title on cover, else VG] (£5) SOLD

1948 (20 Nov): SIEGFRIED in German (ROH, CvtGdn)
Peter Klein, Set Svanholm (as Siegfried), Hans Hotter (as The Wanderer), Grahame Clifford, Norman Walker, Shirley Russell, Edith Coates, Astrid Varnay (as Brunnhilde); c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [12pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; title on cover, slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1948 (20 Dec): LA BOHEME in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Paolo Silveri, Kenneth Neate (as Rudolph), David Franklin, Geraint Evans, Grahame Clifford, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (as Mimi), Dennis Stephenson, Blanche Turner, David Tree, Hubert Littlewood; c:Warwick Braithwaite [12pp, 4.9x7.4 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1949 (12 May): DAS RHEINGOLD in German (ROH, CvtGdn)
Muriel Rae, Rosina Raisbeck, Jean Watson, Grahame Clifford (as Alberich), Edith Coates, Hans Hotter (as Wotan), Blanche Turner, Marian Nowakowski, David Franklin, Edgar Evans, Rhydderch Davies, Set Svanholm (as Loge), Peter Klein, Edith Furmedge; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [12pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; title on cover, minor marks, else VG] £4

1949 (16 May): DIE WALKURE in German (ROH, CvtGdn)
Set Svanholm (as Siegmund), Doris Doree (as Sieglinde), Trevor Anthony, Hans Hotter (as Wotan), Kirsten Flagstad (as Brunnhilde), Edith Coates, Elisabeth Abercrombie, Muriel Rae, Jean Watson, Audrey Bowman, Denise Francis-Sirou, Constance Shacklock, Rosina Raisbeck; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [12pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; title on cover, else VG] £5

1949 (19 May): SIEGFRIED in German (ROH, CvtGdn)
Peter Klein, Set Svanholm (as Siegfried), Hans Hotter (as Wanderer), Grahame Clifford, Norman Walker, Shirley Russell, Edith Furmedge, Kirsten Flagstad (as Brunnhilde); c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [12pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; title on cover, else VG] £5

1949 (25 May): GOTTERDAMMERUNG in German (ROH, CvtGdn)
Constance Shacklock, Rosina Raisbeck, Sylvia Fisher (as Third Norn), Kirsten Flagstad (as Brunnhilde), Set Svanholm (as Siegfried), Hans Hotter (as Gunther), Dezsoe Ernster (as Hagen), Doris Doree, Edith Coates, Grahame Clifford, Audrey Bowman, Elisabeth Abercrombie; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [12pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; title on cover, else VG] £5

1949 (28 May): TRISTAN UND ISOLDE (ROH, CvtGdn)
Edgar Evans, Kirsten Flagstad (as Isolde), Constance Shacklock, Hans Hotter (as Kurwenal), Set Svanholm (as Tristan), Hans Braun, Norman Walker, David Tree, Rhydderch Davies; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [12pp, 4.9x7.5 white; Flagstad's 150th Isolde!; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; title on cover, else VG] £5

1949 Opera-Comique, Paris visit (16 - 20 June)
See Opera-Comique, Paris

1949-50 Covent Garden Opera Company (29 September to 3 March, 3 May to 1 July)

1949 (5 Oct): AIDA in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Norman Walker, Franz Lechleitner, Edith Coates, Ljuba Welitsch, Marian Nowakowski, Dennis Stephenson, Rosina Raisbeck, Kenneth Schon, Moyra Fraser (Premiere Danseuse); c:Warwick Braithwaite, dir:Michael Benthall [12pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; VG] (£5) SOLD

1949 (7 Oct): THE OLYMPIANS Arthur Bliss (ROH, CvtGdn)
Murray Dickie, Edith Coates, Ronald Lewis, Howell Glynne, James Johnston, Shirley Russell, Rhydderch Davies, Frank Staff, Moyra Fraser, Thorsteinn Hannesson, David Franklin, Margherita Grandi, Kenneth Schon; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Peter Brook [12pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; VG] £4

1949 (10 Oct): LA TRAVIATA in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Stella Andreva, Marian Nowakowski, Rosina Raisbeck, Edgar Evans, Rudolf Schock, Geraint Evans, Ernest Davies, Enid Stone, David Tree, John Cameron, J Arthur Kellet, Charles Morris; c:Reginald Goodall, dir:Tyrone Guthrie [12pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; VG] £4

1949 (14 Oct): PETER GRIMES (ROH, CvtGdn)
Richard Lewis, Joan Cross, Edith Coates, Blanche Turner, Muriel Rae, Tom Williams, Valetta Iacopi, Owen Brannigan, Grahame Clifford, Parry Jones, David Tree, Rhydderch Davies, Terence Paul; c:Reginald Goodall, dir:Tyrone Guthrie [12pp, 4.9x7.4 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; VG] £4

1949 (28 Oct): ROSENKAVALIER in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Sylvia Fisher (as Princess von Werdenberg), Constance Shacklock (as Octavian), Terence Paul, David Tree, Thomas Fletcher, Arthur Kellet, Ronald Lewis, Hubert Littlewood, Howell Glynne (as Baron Ochs), Elizabeth Harbutt, Vera Evans, Vera Hoddinott, Lilian Simmons, Jacqueline Browning, Emlyn Jones, Leonard Law, Rhydderch Davies, Parry Jones, Jean Watson, Kenneth Neate, Ignatius Macfadyen, Grahame Clifford, Erna Berger (as Sophie), Muriel Rae, Edgar Evans, David Tree, John Campbell, Afan Davies, Alan Hobson, Kenneth MacDonald, Ronald Firmager; c:Karl Rankl, rehearsed by Percy Heming [12pp, 4.9x7.4 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; minor edge damage, else VG] £3

1949 (14 Nov): SALOME (ROH, CvtGdn)
Edgar Evans, Jean Watson, Norman Walker, Geraint Evans, Kenneth Schon (as Jokanaan), Kenneth Stevenson, Ljuba Welitsch (as Salome), Vera Hoddinott, Franz Lechleitner (as Herod), Constance Shacklock, Murray Dickie, David Tree, Dennis Stephenson, Emlyn Jones, Rhydderch Davies, Marian Nowakowski, Thorsteinn Hannesson; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Peter Brook [12pp, 4.9x7.5 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; spine slightly split, rusty staples, else VG] £4

1949 (5 Dec): BORIS GODUNOV in English (ROH, CvtGdn)
Ronald Lewis, Hubert Littlewood, Rhydderch Davies, Boris Christoff (as Boris), David Franklin (as Pimen), Edgar Evans (as Dimitri), Edith Coates, Howell Glynne (as Varlaam), David Tree, Geraint Evans, Monica Sinclair, Adele Leigh, Valetta Iacopi, Emlyn Jones, Thorsteinn Hannesson, Constance Shacklock (as Marina), John Cameron, Thomas Fletcher, Rhydderch Davies, Ronald Lewis, Dennis Stephenson (as The Simpleton); c:Warwick Braithwaite, dir:Peter Brook [12pp, 4.9x7.4 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1950 (8 Jun): DAS RHEINGOLD (ROH, CvtGdn)
Audrey Bowman, Rosina Raisbeck, Monica Sinclair, Grahame Clifford (as Alberich), Edith Coates, Andreas Boehm (as Wotan), Blanche Turner, Ludwig Weber (as Fasolt), Marian Nowakowski, Edgar Evans, Rhydderch Davies, Set Svanholm (as Loge), Erich Zimmerman, Jean Watson; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [12pp, 4.8x7.4 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; very slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1950 (10 Jun): DIE WALKURE (ROH, CvtGdn)
Set Svanholm (as Siegmund), Sylvia Fisher (as Sieglinde), Ludwig Weber (as Hunding), Andreas Boehm (as Wotan), Kirsten Flagstad (as Brunnhilde), Edith Coates (as Fricka / Waltraute), Elisabeth Abercrombie, Blanche Turner, Jean Watson, Audrey Bowman, Monica Sinclair, Constance Shacklock, Rosina Raisbeck; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [12pp, 4.8x7.4 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; very slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1950 (14 Jun): SIEGFRIED (ROH, CvtGdn)
Erich Zimmerman, Set Svanholm (as Siegfried), Andreas Boehm, Grahame Clifford, Norman Walker, Audrey Bowman, Jean Watson, Kirsten Flagstad (as Brunnhilde); c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [12pp, 4.8x7.4 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; very slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1950 (17 Jun): GOTTERDAMMERUNG (ROH, CvtGdn)
Constance Shacklock (as First Norn / Flosshilde), Rosina Raisbeck, Sylvia Fisher (as Third Norn), Kirsten Flagstad (as Brunnhilde), Set Svanholm (as Siegfried), Paul Schoeffler, Ludwig Weber (as Hagen), Doris Doree, Edith Coates (as Waltraute), Grahame Cifford, Audrey Bowman, Elisabeth Abercrombie; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [12pp, 4.8x7.4 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; very slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1950 (1 Jul): TRISTAN UND ISOLDE (ROH, CvtGdn)
Edgar Evans, Kirsten Flagstad (as Isolde), Constance Shacklock (as Brangaene), Paul Schoeffler, Set Svanholm (as Tristan), Geraint Evans, Norman Walker, David Tree, Rhydderch Davies; c:Karl Rankl, dir:Friedrich Schramm [12pp, 4.8x7.4 white; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; very slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

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