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Enigma Variations - 20 June 2006 Evening 

Ballet: Performance details

Company: The Royal Ballet
Venue: John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC
Performance status: Revival
Conductor Barry Wordsworth
Cast
Edward Elgar (E D U) Christopher Saunders
The Lady (C A E)
Elgar's wife 'whose life was a romantic and delicate inspiration'
Zenaida Yanowsky
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
Philip Mosley
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'
Brian Maloney
Richard P Arnold (R P A)
Son of Matthew Arnold, a quiet contemplative scholar
David Makhateli
Isabel Fitton (Ysobel)
Charming and romantic
Marianela Nuñez
Arthur Troyte Griffith (Troyte)
A very close friend, outspoken and brusque though 'the boisterous mood is mere banter.'
Ricardo Cervera
Winifred Norbury (W N)
'Her gracious personality is sedately shown.'
Vanessa Palmer
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. GRS said "set that to music." I did: here it is.'
Giacomo Ciriaci
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 the composition, on a sea voyage'
Sarah Lamb
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'
Ensemble
Schoolgirl Gemma Bond
Country Girl Emma Maguire
Country Boy Steven McRae
Sailor Girl Caroline Duprot
Sailor Boy James Wilkie
Housekeeper Francesca Filpi
Gardener Zachary Faruque
The Carrier Jonathan Watkins
Country Woman Olivia Cowley
Telegraph Boy Ludovic Ondiviela
The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Event: Number 3 in The Royal Ballet mixed programme 20 June 2006
Information source: The Royal Ballet Overseas Tour programme for 20-25 June 2006 (in Royal Opera House Collections)