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Enigma Variations - 26 October 1998 Evening 

Ballet: Performance details

Company: The Royal Ballet
Venue: Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
Performance status: Revival
Conductor Andrea Quinn
Leader Anton Kholodenko
Cast
Edward Elgar (E D U) Christopher Saunders
The Lady (C A E)
Elgar's wife 'whose life was a romantic and delicate inspiration'
Elizabeth McGorian
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'
Peter Abegglen
Richard P Arnold (R P A)
Son of Matthew Arnold, a quiet contemplative scholar
Gary Avis
Isabel Fitton (Ysobel)
Charming and romantic
Gillian Revie
Arthur Troyte Griffith (Troyte)
A very close friend, outspoken and brusque though 'the boisterous mood is mere banter.'
Bruce Sansom
Winifred Norbury (W N)
'Her gracious personality is sedately shown.'
Chloe Davies
A J Jaeger (Nimrod)
This variation recalls a summer evening's talk about Beethoven and, further, reveals the depth of a friendship
Luke Heydon
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
Sarah Wildor
George Robertson Sinclair (G R S)
Or rather 'his bulldog Dan who fell into the river and barked rejoicing on landing GRS said "set that to music." I did: here it is.'
Justin Meissner
Basil G Nevinson (B G N)
'An amateur cello player of distinction - a serious and devoted friend'
David Drew
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'
Leire Ortueta
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 Leana Palmer
Country Girl Jenny Tattersall
Country Boy Matthew Dibble
Sailor Girl Laura Morera
Sailor Boy Giacomo Ciriaci
Housekeeper Philippa Gordon
Gardener Thomas Whitehead
The Carrier Kenta Kura
Country Woman Emily Low
Telegraph Boy Jerry Douglas
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Durations: Entire work: 36 minutes
Event: Number 2 in The Royal Ballet mixed programme 26 October 1998
Information source: The Royal Ballet cast sheet for 26 October 1998 (in Royal Opera House Collections)