Fonteyn and Helpmann:
25th Oct 1944 Sadler's Wells Ballet at Prince's Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave. Swan Lake starring Margot Fonteyn and Robert Helpmann. Note the usual ARP warning notice - even as you sit in the theatre hoping that the entertainment takes you away for 'reality' for a short while, the reality of the war stares you in the face.
Sept 1930 Anna Pavlova at the Streatham Hill Theatre. Prima ballerina Anna Pavlova was born on 12th Feb 1881 in Saint Petersburg, Russia and died on 23rd Jan 1931 in The Hague, Holland. She graduated in 1899 from the Imperial Ballet School in St Petersburg and on 19th Sept 1899 she made her company debut, dancing in a group of three in La Fille Mal Gardée at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. She gained the rank of 'danseuse' in 1902, 'première danseuse' in 1905, and 'prima ballerina'…
Markova and Dolin:
The flyer advertising the ballet production on 12th & 13th Sept 1949 at the City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. With photos, report and newspaper clippings regarding the "experiment in ballet" at the Empress Hall, Earls Court on 6th Jan 1949. [Dame] Alicia Markova - born on 1st Dec 1910 in London, England and died on 2nd Dec 2004 in Bath, England. [Sir] Anton Dolin born on 27th July 1904 in Slinfold, England and died on 25th Nov 1983 in Paris, France.
New York 1893.
'Carmen' at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. The programme for 20th Dec 1893 with one of the greatest Carmen's ~ Emma Calve [1858-1942] with two of the great names in opera, Emma Eames [1865-1952] and Jean de Reszke [1850-1925]. Surrounded by numerous adverts for champagne, hats, toys, dolls, pianos etc.
British National Opera Company:
Opera presented by the British National Opera Company at the 'Liverpool Empire' theatre in 1927. 31st March 1927 ~ The Marriage of Figaro conducted by Eugene Goossens Snr. # The British National Opera Company was founded in December 1921 by singers and instrumentalists from the defunct 'Sir Thomas Beecham's Beecham Opera Company'. The company's first performance was Aida at Bradford on 6th February 1922. They presented opera in English in London and on tour in the British provinces between…
Melba concert in aid of the Boy Scouts Association at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th Oct 1920. Nellie Melba [Helen Porter Mitchell] born 19th May 1861 died 23rd February 1931 becoming Dame Nellie Melba in 1918. The great Australian soprano had her first starring role at the Théâtre de La Monnaie, Brussels on 12th October 1887 as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto and appeared the same year at Covent Garden with little success. However she sang Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor there in 1st June 1888 to…