5 comments on “The Victorian Opera Company "Excerpts From The Elixir Of Love"

  1. The Victorian Opera Company became the Victoria State Opera in 1975 and merged with The Australian Opera in 1997. Margaret Haggart had a distinguished career with the ENO before returning to Australia where she has worked extensively with all companies. John Pringle is a mainstay of the national company. The Victorian Opera was formed in 1962 by Leonard Spira and performed at the Palais in the late 1960s. By the 70s they had moved to The Union Theatre on Melbourne University campus. I would think this recording would be possibly 1968? Its a wonderful find which I have copied to Margaret thank you.

    • Incredible information, thank you so much! I never, ever though I would get info on this record – I even tried emailing The Victorian Opera company. I’ve posted a reply to your other comment, but if there’s anything I can do to reunite Margaret with a copy of this, please let me know.

  2. OMG๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ I Am SPEECHLESS!! Had NO IDEA this existed!!! OMG! The โ€œIโ€ might well have been Barry Skelton, who was in at the establishment of VLOCโ€ฆthe โ€œLightโ€ was dropped early. Damn..about to run out of charge..will continue when re-energised & Iโ€™ve recovered from the shock. Elixir was in โ€˜65 I think. OMG! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ

    • Robert, thank you so much for taking the time to write this! I can’t believe we managed to find out what the recording was! I wonder what it was doing in a market stall in the middle of Italy? ๐Ÿ˜€

      If you’re interested, I can put the recording on CD for you and send it over. It would be great to reunite Margaret with the recording after all these years

  3. David Niven taught for many years at Melbourne High School. My understanding is that he also directed Tales of Hoffmann (at the Palais) and Der Freischรผtz (at the Union Theatre). His wife Barbara did costumes for Elixir and Hoffman, I think.

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