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Enigma Variations - 30 November 2011 Evening 7.30pm

Ballet: Performance details

Company: The Royal Ballet
Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Performance status: Revival
Conductor Barry Wordsworth
Concert Master Peter Manning
Cast
The 'Friends pictured within'
Edward Elgar (E.D.U.) Christopher Saunders
The Lady (C.A.E.)
Elgar's wife 'Whose life was a romantic and delicate inspiration'
Christina Arestis
Hew David Steuart-Powell (H.D.S.-P)
One of Elgar's chamber music cronies
Jonathan Howells
Richard Baxter Townshend (R.B.T.)
An amiable reedy-voiced eccentric who rode about on a tricycle
Alastair Marriott
William Meath Baker (W.M.B.)
'With a slip of paper in his hand forcibly read out the arrangements for the day and hurriedly left with a bang'
Thomas Whitehead
Richard P. Arnold (R.P.A.)
Son of Matthew Arnold, a quiet contemplative scholar
Nehemiah Kish
Isabel Fitton (Ysobel)
Charming and romantic
Lara Turk
Arthur Troyte Griffith (Troyte)
A very close friend, outspoken and brusque though 'the boisterous mood is mere banter'
Edward Watson
Winifred Norbury (W.N.)
'Her gracious personality is sedately shown'
Deirdre Chapman
A.J. Jaeger (Nimrod)
This variation recalls a summer evening's talk about Beethoven and, further, reveals the depth of friendship
Bennet Gartside
Dora Penny (Dorabella)
'The movements suggest a dance-like lightness'. An intimate portrait of a gay but pensive girl with an engaging hesitation in her speech.
Roberta Marquez
George Robertson Sinclair (G.R.S.)
Or rather 'his bulldog Dan who fell in the river and barked rejoicing on landing. G.R.S. said "set that to music." I did: here it is'
José Martín
Basil G. Nevinson (B.G.N.)
'An amateur cello player of distinction - a serious and devoted friend'
David Pickering
Lady Mary Lygon (***)
'The asterisks take the place of the name of a lady who was, at the time of composition, on a sea voyage'
Itziar Mendizabal
Edward Elgar (E.D.U.)
'Written at a time when friends were dubious and generally discouraging as to the composer's musical future, this variation is merely to show what he intended to do. References to Alice Elgar and to Nimrod, two great influences on the life and art of the composer, are entirely fitting to the intention of the piece'
Christopher Saunders
Schoolgirl Leanne Cope
Country Girl Romany Pajdak
Country Boy Tristan Dyer
Sailor Girl Sabina Westcombe
Sailor Boy James Wilkie
Housekeeper Olivia Cowley
Gardener Erico Montes
The Carrier Kevin Emerton
Country Woman Hayley Forskitt
Telegraph Boy Valentino Zucchetti
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Durations: Entire work: 8.33-9.08pm
Event: Number 2 in The Royal Ballet mixed programme 30 November 2011
Information source: Royal Opera House cast sheet and stage manager's report for 30 November 2011 (in Royal Opera House Collections)