Dennis Noble - A Chronology
by Alan Robinson, Bristol
DEBUT IN OPERA
16 June, 1923 I Pagliacci (British National Opera Company
(BNOC) at Covent Garden, DN as Silvio with Beatrice Miranda,
Tudor Davies, Edith Clegg; cond.
8 September to 15 December 1923 (113 perfs) Head over Heels Adelphi Theatre,
(Music by Harold Fraser, lyrics by Seymour Hicks) DN as Hon. Montague Jepson
BNOC AT HIPPODROME, SHEFFIELD, 23-29 November 1923
Carmen and Magic Flute - DN roles ?
ROYAL OPERA COVENT GARDEN
4 June, 1924 Rigoletto (5 perfs) DN as Marullo with Cesare Formichi (Rigoletto),
Maria Ivogün (Gilda), Joseph Hislop (Duke), Edouard Cotreuil (Sparafucile),
Virginia Perry (Maddalena), Louise Marshall (Giovanna), Raoul Delval (Monterone);
cond. Ettore Panizza.
Ditto-27 June, 1924 exc Eidé Norena (Gilda), Alfred Piccaver (Duke); cond.
5 June, 1924 (5 perfs) Tosca DN as Carceriere(gaoler) with Alfred Piccaver
debuting as Cavaradossi, Yvonne Gall (Tosca), Dinh Gilly (Scarpia), Edouard Cotreuil
(Sacristan), Octave Dua (Spoletta), Michele Sampieri (Sciarrone), Raou Delval
(Angelotti); cond. Ettore Panizza.
Ditto - 10 June, 1 Juky 1925 exc Gall/Louise Edvina, Piccaver/Hislop, Gilly/Cesare
13 June, 1924 La Traviata (3 perfs) DN as d'Aubigny with Selma Kurz (Violetta),
Joseph Hislop (Alfredo), Dinh Gilly (Germont), Helen Jaffary (Flora), Phyllis
Kelly (Annina), Michele Sampieri (Douphol), Raoul Delval (Dr. Grenvil); cond.
Ditto- 24 June, 1924 Eidè Norena (Violetta), Luigi Marini (Alfedo)
October 1924 Tour DN with Amelita Galli Curci, Ania Dorfman (pianist), Homer
Samuels (pianist), Raymond Williams (flautist), accomp. Percy Kahn; DN - O Star
of Eve, Urna Fatale, Largo al factotum, Where’er you walk, My Lovely Celia
(Monro), Silent worship (Handel), Three Comrades (Hermann).
12 October, 1924 at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
BNOC (PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM
21 March, 1925 Hugh The Drover(Vaughan Williams) DN as Showman with Mary Blyth
(Mary), Walter Widdop (Hugh), Frederic Collier (John), William Anderson (Constable);
cond. Malcolm Sargent.
GRAND OPERA SEASON AT COVENT GARDEN, 18 May - 10 July, 1925
4, 12 June, 1925 (+ 1 perf) Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg DN as Ulrich
Eisslinger with Friedrich Schorr (Sachs), Lotte Lehmann (Eva), Richard Mayr (Pogner),
Barrington Hooper (Vogelsang), William Anderson (Nachtigall), Eduard Habich (Beckmesser),
Bella Paulen (Magdalene), Fritz Soot (Walther), Hans Clemens (David), Philip
Bertram (Night Watchman); cond. Bruno Walter.
16, 29 June 1925 Tosca DN as Carceriere with Maria Jeritza, Aroldo Lindi,
Benvenuto Franci; cond. Leopoldo Mugnone.
17 June, 1925 Madama Butterfly DN as Imperial Commissioner w. Margaret
Sheridan Ulysse Lappas, Ernesto Badini, Parry Jones, Jane Bourguignon; cond.
Ditto - 17 June & others exc Sheridan/Elisabeth Rethberg, Pappas/Lo Giudice
23, 26 June 1925 Fedora DN as Boroff w. Maria Jeritza, Ulisse Lappas,
Sarah Fischer, Ernesto Badini; cond. Sergio Failoni.
2, 10 July, 1925 Andrea Chénier (+1 perf) DN as Fleville & Dumas
w. Margherita Sheridan, Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Georgette Carlo, Benvenuto Franci,
Jane Bourguignon; cond. Leopoldo Mugnone.
6, 9 July 1925 Rigoletto DN as Marullo w. Eidé Norena, Dino Borgioli,
Joseph Schwarz, Jane Bourguignon, Edouard Cotreuil; cond. Antonino Votto.
THE OLD VIC THEATRE
24 September 1925 to 10 April 1926 I Pagliacci DN as Silvio
3 December 1925 to 8 May, 1926 The Magic Flute DN as Papageno (alternating
with Sumner Austin) w. Winifred Kennaird, Heddle Nash, Joseph Farrington
BNOC (THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW)
7 October, 1925 Rigoletto DN as Rigoletto with Tudor Davies, Sylvia Nelis,
William Anderson, Frederic Collier, Justine Griffiths, cond. Aylmer Buesst
BNOC (KINGS THEATRE, EDINBURGH)
7 October, 1925 The Golden Cockerel SN as Prince Aphron with Parry Jones
(Astrologer), William Anderson (King Dodon), Norman Allin (Polkan), Eda Bennie
(Cockerel), Sylvia Nelis, (Queen of Shemakha), Muriel Brunskill (Royal Housekeeper),
Liddel Peddieson (Guidon); cond. Buesst
BNOC (PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM)
12 December, 1925 MAT Madama Butterfly DN as Yamadori with Rosina Buckman,
Parry Jones, Robert Parker, Constance Willis, Frederick Davies; cond. Aylmer
OLD VIC THEATRE
31 December, 1925 The Magic Flute DN as Papageno
BNOC (LIVERPOOL) 8 to 20 February, 1926
9 February, 1926 The Magic Flute DN as Papageno
10 February, 1926 La Bohème DN as Marcello (probably)
11 February, 1926 Carmen DN as Morales
19 February, 1926 Romeo and Juliet DN part unknown with Miriam Licette
)Juliet), Tudor Davies(Romeo), Constance Willis (Nurse), Herbert Langley, Parry
Jones, Frederick Davies, Frederic Collier, Philip Bertram, Robert Radford.
20 February, 1926 MAT The Magic Flute DN as Papageno
24 February, 1926 MAT The Magic Flute DN as Papageno
11 March, 1926 The Apostles by Elgar in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester
with Hallé Orchestra DN with Dorothy Silk, Muriel Brunskill, Herbert Heyner,
Walter Glynne and Norman Allin; cond. Hamilton Harty. Part One broadcast
GRAND OPERA SEASON AT COVENT GARDEN, 10 May- 2 July, 1926
12 to 27 May, 1926 (3 perfs) Die Meistersinger (DN as Ulrich Eisslinger)
w. Emil Schipper, Lotte Lehmann/Elisabeth/Schumann/Delia Reinhardt, Luise Willer,
Fritz Krauss, Hans Clemens, Eduard Habich, Viktor Madin/Otto Helgers/Richard
Mayr, cond. Robert Hager/Bruno Walter.
10, 14 & 16 June 1926 Thaïs DN as a Servant with Maria Jeritza
(Thaïs), Tilken Servais (Athanaël), Edouard Cotreuil (Palémon),
Alfred Legrand (Nicias), Enid Cruikshank (Albine), Jane Bourguignon (Myrtale),
Katharine Arkandy (Crobyle); cond. Vincenzo Bellezza.
18 & 22 June, 1926 I Goielli della Madonna (Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari)
DN as Rocco with Maria Jeritza, Francesco Merli and Giuseppe Noto, conducted
21 June, 1 July, 1926 (+ 1 Perfs) Manon DN as De Bretigny) with Fanny
Heldy (Manon), Fernand Ansseau (Des Grieux), Edouard Cotreuil (Comte des Griex),
Alfred Maguenat (Lescaut), Octave Dua (Guillot); cond. Vincenzo Bellezza
23, 28 June, 1926 Gianni Schicchi DN as Marco with Margherita Sheridan/Rosina
Torri, Angelo Minghetti, Ernesto Badini; cond. Bellezza
BNOC (GOLDERS GREEN HIPPODROME)
Autumn 1926 La Bohème DN as Marcello with May Blyth (Mimi), Heddle
Nash (Rodolfo), Phiiip Bertram.
The Leper's Flute, Premiere - a gloomy opera by two young Scots, composer
Ernest Bryson and author Ian Colvin, latter garnering much applause for the latter.
DN-? Percy Heming was a pitiable leper while Nelis and Davies portrayed the lovers.
23 October 1926, (Mozart’s ballet Les Petits Riens)/Vaughan Williams'
opera, Hugh the Drover DN as a Showman with May Blyth (Mary), Walter Widdop
(Hugh), Herbert Langley (John), Constance Willis (Aunt Jane), Bernard Ross (Constable);
cond. John Tobin
27 October, 1926 Madama Butterfly DN as Sharpless with Isabel Rhys-Parker
and Francis Russell.
GRAND OPERA SEASON COVENT GARDEN, 2 May -24 June, 1927
1, 6 June, 1927 Rigoletto DN as Marullo w. Mariano Stabile (Rigoletto),
Maria Ivogün (Gilda), Dino Borgioli (Duke), Alexander Kipnis (Sparafucile),
Jane Bourguignon (Maddalena), Vera Wright (Giovanna); cond. Edoardo Fornarini
Ditto - 9 June exc. Tom Burke (Duke) and Edouard Cotreuil (Sparafucile)
10, 17, 21 June 1927 Tosca DN as Sciarrone w. Göta Ljungberg, Joseph
Hislop/Fernand Ansseau, Mariano Stabile (Scarpia), Edouard Cotreuil (Saristan),
Luigo Cilla (Spoletta), Michele Sampieri (Angelotti); cond. Vincenzo Bellezza
20 to 24 June 1927 (3 perfs) Carmen DN as Morales w. Delia Reinhardt,
Maria Olczewska, Fernand Ansseau, Marcel Journet; cond. Vincenzo Bellezza.
1927 Manon DN as Lescaut with Marguerite Anderson (Manon), Heddle Naash
BNOC (GOLDERS GREEN HIPPODROME)
6 December, 1927 The Barber of Seville DN as Figaro, with Heddle Nash
(Count), Noel Eadie (Rosina), Percy Heming (Bartolo), Herbert Langley (Basilio),
Gladys Parr (Marcellina); cond. John Barbirolli
7 December, 1927 The Leper’s Flute (Bryson) London première
DN, cond. Leslie Heward
13 December, 1927 Madama Butterfly DN as Sharpless with Noel Eadie (Cio-cio-san),
Heddle Nash (Pinkerton), Gladys Parr (Suzuki), Sydney Russell (Goro); cond. John
BNOC (THE HIPPODROME, SHEFFIELD)
4 April, 1928 Carmen DN as Morales
7 April, 1928 La Bohème as Marcello)
9 April, 1928 Faust as Valentin ?
12 April, 1928 The Barber of Seville as Figaro
GRAND OPERA SEASON AT COVENT GARDEN
1, 3, 9 May 1928 Armide (Gluck) DN as Ubald, with Frida Leider, Walter
Widdop, Maria Olczewska/Rosette Anday, Herbert Janssen; cond. Robert Hager
10 May 1928 Die Meistersinger DN as Ulrich w. Emil Schipper (Sachs), Rudolf
Laubenthal Walther), Lotte Lehmann (Eva), Otto Helgers (Pogner), Hans Clemens
(David), Anny Andrassy (Magdalene); cond. Bruno Walter
Ditto - 8, 15, 21 May, 1928 exc. Lehmann/Göta Schymberg, Laubenthal/Carl
Martin Oehmann, Clemens/Wilhelm Gombert, Schippers/Hans Nissen; conds Walter/Robert
29 May to 4 June 1928 (3 perfs) Carmen DN as Morales w. Joy McArden, Georgette
Frazier-Marrot/Jane Bourguignon, Fernand Ansseau, Marcel Journet; cond. Chares
7 June to 12 July 1928 (5 perfs) La Bohème DN as Marcel (alternating
with Giovanni Inghillieri and Ernesto Badini) w. Margaret Sheridan, Aureliano
Pertile/Dino Borgioli/Tom Burke, Margherita Carosio/Elisabeth Nelvi, Aristide
Barachi, Luigi Manfrini; conds Bellezza/Barbirolli
13 June to 6 July 1928 (3 perfs)Pagliacci DN as Silvio (alternating with
Aristide Baracchi) w. Rosetta Pampanini, Aureliano Pertile, Giovanni Inghillieri;
28 June to 4 July, 1928 (3 perfs) Boris Godunov DN as Lavitsky w. Feodor
Chaliapin (Boris), Dino Borgioli (Dimitri), Salvatore Baccaloni (Varlaam), Irene
Minghini-Cattaneo (Marina), Margherita Carosio (Fyodor), Luigi Manfrini (Pimen),
Angelo Bada (Prince Shuisky), Theresa Ambrose, Aristide Baracchi; cond, Vincenzo
BNOC (LEWISHAM HIPPODROME)
19 September, 1928 Madama Butterfly DN as Sharpless with Isabel Rhys-Parker
(Cio-cio-San), Heddle Nash (Pinkerton), Gladys Parr (Suzuki), Frederick Davies
(Goro); cond. John Barbirolli
LEEDS TRIENNIAL FESTIVAL, Town Hall, Leeds, 3-6 Oct. 1928
3 October, 1928 Sea Drift (Delius) c. Sir Thomas Beecham
5 October, 1928 Job (Parry) DN as Narrator with Elsie Suddaby, Parry Jones,
Keith Falkner /Haydn: Spring (The Seasons) DN with Suddaby, Jones, cond.
Sir Hugh Allen
BNOC (KING’s THEATRE, EDINBURGH)
27 October, 1928 Madama Butterfly DN as Sharpless with Isobel Rhys-Parker
(cio-cop-san), Frances Russell (Pinkerton), Gladys Parr (Suzuki), Marjorie Parry,
Bernard Ross; cond. John Barbirolli
11 November, 1928 Portman Rooms, Sea Drift recording.
8 December, 1928 Bristol Symphony Orchestra, Colston Hall, Bristol, Messiah (Handel)
DN (replacing an indisposed Horace Stevens) with Elsie Suddaby, Gladys Palmer,
Arthur Jordan; cond. Sir Thomas Beecham
BNOC (LEWISHAM HIPPODROME)
28 February, 1929 Madama Butterfly DN as Sharpless with Noel Eadie (Cio-cio-san),
Frances Russell (Pinkerton), Constance Willis (Suzuki), Frederick Davies, Philip
Bertram; cond. John Barbirolli
22 March, 1929 Birmingham, Verdi Requiem DN with Hida Burke, Constance
Willis, Parry Jones
GRAND OPERA SEASON AT COVENT GARDEN, 22 April -28 June, 1929
25 April, 1929 Der Rosenkavalier DN as Ein Polizekommissar and Feldmarschallin's
Haushofmeister) w. Elizabeth Ohms (Feldmarschallin), Richard Mayr (Ochs), Delia
Reinhardt (Octavian), Gitta Alpar (Sophie, Viktor Madin (Von Faninal), Odette
de Foras )Marianne), Albert Reiss (Valzacchi), Anny Andrassy (Annina); cond.
Ditto - 22 April, 1929 exc Lotte Lehmann (Feldmarschallin), Edouard Habich (Von
Ditto - 1, 17 May, 1929 + 1 exc Frida Leider (Marschallin)
2 May, 1929 Lohengrin DN as the Herald w. Meta Seinemeyer, Maria Olczewska,
Erik Enderlein, Wilhelm Fassbinder, Ivar Andrésen; cond. Robert Heger
Ditto +2 exc Lotte Lehmann (Elsa), Fritz Wolff (Lohengrin), Eduard Habich for
16 May, 1929 Die Meistersinger DN as Ulrich w. Friedrich Schorr (Sachs),
Alexander Kipnis (Pogner), Meta Seinemeyer (Eva), Fritz Wolff (Walther), Roy
Henderson (Kothner), Eduard Habich (Beckmesser), Hans Clemens (David); cond.
Ditto - 8 May, 1929 exc Rudolf Bockelman (Sachs), Lotte Lehmann (Eva)
Ditto - 24 May, 1929 + 1 exc Lotte Lehmann (Eva), Heinrich Tessner (Walther),
Rudolf Bockelman (Sachs), Viktor Madin (Kothner), Ivar Andrésen (Pogner);
12, 20 June, 1929 + 1 Boris Godunov DN as Lavitsky) w. Feodor Chaliapin
(Boris), Francesco Merli (Dimitri), Nadia Kovaceva (Fyodor), Salvatore Baccaloni
(Varlaam), Octave Dua (Simpleton), Angelo Bada (Prince Shuisky), Luigi Manfrini
(Pimen), Aristide Baracchi (Shchelkalov), Luigi Cilla (Boyar); cond. Albert Coates
18, 26 June, 1929 + 1) Manon Lescaut DN as Commandante w. Margaret Sheridan,
(Manon), Aureliano Pertile (Des Grieux), Ernesto Badini (Lescaut), Salvatore
Baccaloni (Geronte), Luigi Cilla (Edmondo); cond, Vincenzo Bellezza
25 June, 1929 Judith (Eugene Goossens) (FIRST PERFORMANCE) DN as Achior
with Gota Ljungberg (Judith), Walter Widdop (Bagoas), Arthur Fear (Holofernes),
Gladys Palmr (Haggith); conducted by the composer
Ditto - 27 June, 1929
THE DELIUS FESTIVAL, Queen’s Hall
12 October, 1929 DN: Sea Drift (Delius) & The Dark Fiddler in A
Village Romeo and Juliet with Pauline Maunder and Heddle Nash; cond. Sir
BBC 11 December, 1929 Omar Khayyam (Bantock) Part I only DN with Olga
Haley, Parry Jones; cond. Sir Thomas Beecham
THE LONDON OPERA FESTIVAL, La Scala Theatre on Goodge Street, London
30 December 1929 to 3 January, 1930
Orfeo (Monteverdi) DN as Orpheus with Norman Allin (Charon), Charles D’If
(1st shepherd), Frank Sale (2nd shepherd & Pluto),
Harold Capel (3rd shepherd), John Kentish (Echo), Marjorie Parry (Nymph),
Gwyneth Edwards (Euridice), Winifred Comstok (Prosperina); cond. Jack Westrup.
GRAND OPERA SEASON AT COVENT GARDEN, 28 April - 4 July, 1930
27 May & 5 June 1930 Andrea Chénier DN as Dumas) w. Margaret
Sheridan, Beniamino Gigli, Giovanni Inghilleri/Mariano Stabile; Cond. Vincenzo
31 May, 20 June, 1930 + 2) Madama Butterfly DN as Sharpless (alternating
with Arthur Fear) w. Margaret Sheridan/Edith Mason/Maggie Teyte, Angelo Minghetti
/Andre Burdino, Tamara Beltacchi; cond. John Barbirolli.
13 June, 1930 La Traviata DN as Dottore Grenville w. Rosa Ponselle, Beniamino
Gigli, Giovanni Inghillieri, Tamara Beltacchi, Gladys Palmer, Aristide Baracchi,
Michele Sambrini ; cond. Vincenzo Bellezza.
Ditto - 24 June + 1 exc Angelo MInghetti (Alfredo)
OPEN AIR THEATRE AT REGENT’S PARK, London 12-30 September, 1930
The Tempest (Arne-Sullivan-Purcell) (26 performances incl. matinees) DN
as a Singing Devil and Neptune with John Drinkwater (Prospero), Robert Atkins
(Caliban), Leslie French (Ariel), Margaretta Scott (Miranda), Phyllis Nielson
Terry (Singer); Director Sydney W. Carroll.
COVENT GARDEN COMPANY (GOLDERS GREEN HIPPODROME)
24 November; 4, 6 December, 1930 Die Fledermaus in English DN as Falke
with Heddle Nash (Eisenstein), Marjorie Parry ((Rosalinde), Percy Heming (Frank),
Gladys Parr (Prince Orlofsky), Parry Jones (Alfred), Frederick Davies (Notary),
Nora Gruhn (Adele), William Michael (Frosch); cond. John Barbirolli
GRAND OPERA SEASON AT COVENT GARDEN, 27 April - 3 July, 1930
9 to 26 June, 1931 (3 perfs) La Traviata DN as Germont with Rosa Ponselle,
Dino Borgioli; cond. Tullio Serafin.
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, 17 August 1931 to mid 1932
Waltzes from Vienna (Johann Strauss) DN as Walter Wesseley with Marie
Burke (Countess Olga), Robert Halliday (Schani - Johann Strauss Jr,), Evelyn
Herbert (Resi), Robert Nainby (Ferdinand Wesseley), C.V. France (Johann Strauss
Sr.), Esmond Knight
LEEDS FESTIVAL, 1931 with the London Symphony
8 October, 1931 Belshazzar’s Feast (Walton) DN; cond. Sargent
9 October, 1931 B Minor Mass (Bach) with DN; cond. Sargent
BBC STUDIO BROADCAST, BBC Orchestra, 20 May, 1932
A Village Romeo and Juliet (Delius) DN as Manz/Dark Fiddler/1st Bargee
with Dora Labbette (Vreli), Jan van der Gucht (Sali), Arthur Cranmer (Marti),
con Sir Thomas Beecham.
GRAND OPERA SEASON AT COVENT GARDEN, 1 May - 9 June, 1933
1, 4, 9 May, 1933 Der Rosenkavalier DN as Police Commissioner) w. Lotte
Lehmann (Marschallin), Alexander Kipnis (Baron Ochs), Eva Hadrabová (Octavian),
Adele Kern (Sophie), Heddle Nash (Italian Singer), Eduard Habich (von Faninal),
Hans Fleischer (Valzacchi), Gladys Parr (Annina), Odette de Foras (Marianne);
cond. Sir Thomas Beecham. (9 May Act I broadcast regionally)
7 June, 1933 Aida DN as Amonasro w. Eva Turner, Francesco Battaglia, Armando
Borgioli, Muriel Brunskill, Fernando Autori (Ramfis), Samuel Worthington (The
King); cond. John Barbirolli.
CENTER THEATRE, New York, 22 September, 1934
The Great Waltz with DN & Marie Burke
ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC, PHILADELPHIA, 15, 16, 19 March, 1935
With the Philadelphia Orchestra Le Nozze di Figaro (Sung in English),
DN as Figaro with Maria Kurenko (Countess), Julius Huehn (Almaviva), Josephine
Antoine (Susanna); cond. Fritz Reiner.
March - May, 1936 DN at The Old Vic and Sadlers Wells, London
BBC TV 13 November, 1936 Pickwick ((Albert Coates) 33 mins DN as
Sam Weller with William Parsons as Pickwick
BRITISH MUSIC DRAMA SEASON, Covent Garden, 18 Nov - 8 Dec. 1936
19 to 26 November, 1936 (3 perfs) Madama Butterfly DN as Sharpless (alternating
with Stanley Pope) w. Helena Dysart/Elena Daniels, Henry Wendon, Enid Cruikshank
/Sarah Fischer; cond. Arthur Hammond
20 to 30 November, 1936 (4 perfs) Pickwick (Albert Coates) DN as Sam Weller
with Henry Wendon (Jingle), Norman Walker ((Tony Weller), William Parsons (Pickwick),
Vera de Villiers (Mrs Bardell), Russell Worthington (Wardle), Stanley Pope (Snodgrass);
conducted by the composer.
24 November to 1 December, 1936 (3 perfs)I Pagliacci DN as Tonio (alternating
with William Parsons) with Janet Hamilton-Smith/Angela Parcelles, Frank Sale,
Stanley Pope; cond. Albert Coates
WINTER SEASON (BEECHAM), Covent Garden, 26 Dec. 1936 - 23 Jan. 1937
30 December, 1936 Hansel and Gretel DN as Peter w. Maggie Teyte (Hansel),
Irene Eisinger (Gretel), Edith Coates (Gertrud), Constance Willis (Witch); cond.
Ditto - 1, 6, 19 Jan. 1937 + 1 exc Nora Gruhn (Gretel), Edith Furmedge ((Gertrud);
cond. Albert Coates.
4, 7, 12 January, 1937 Manon Lescaut DN as Lescaut w. Augusta Oltrabella
(Manon), Piero Menescaldi (Des Grieux), Erik Workman (Geronte), Ben Williams
(Edmondo), Octave Dua ((Lamplighter),Diane Van Dommelen (Musician), Frank Sale
(Dancing master); cond. Constant Lambert.
6, 8, 13, 18, 22 January, 1937 Die Fledermaus DN as Dr. Falke w. Margaret
Carlisle (Rosalinde), Heddle Nash (Eisenstein), Henry Wendon (Alfred), Gladys
Parr (Orlofsky), Percy Heming (Frank), Irene Eisinger (Adele); cond. Stanford
BBC-TV 10 April, 1937 Thomas and Sally (Thomas Arne)33 minutes
DN as The Squire with Colin Cunningham, Joan Collier, Vivienne Chatterton (Dorcas).
BBC 17 March 1937, Queen’s Hall, Doktor Faust (Busoni) (In
Englsh) DN as Faust with Parry Jones (Mephistopheles), May Blyth (Duchess of
Parma); cond. Sir Adrian Boult with BBC Symphony Orchestra.
“BRITISH ARTISTES” Series at Hyde Park Hotel, London
18 April 1937 Maria Egiziaca (Ottorino Respighi) DN as The Pilgrim & Zosimo,
the Holy Hermit) with Laila Finneberg (Maria), Florence Austral (Older Maria),
Eric Starling (Sailor/Leper), Mildred Watson (Beggar/Onlooker); c. Boyd Neel
with Boyd Neel Orchestra. First performance in England.
GRAND OPERA SEASON (BEECHAM) AT COVENT GARDEN, 19 April- 30 June, 1937
29 May 1937 Carmen DN as Escamillo w. Renee Gilly (Carmen), Janine Micheau
(Micaëla), André Burdino (Don José), Dinh Gilly; cond. Robert
Ditto - + 2 exc DN/Georges Doubrowsky, Eidé Norena/Micheau, Georges Thill
/Martinelli; cond. Thomas Beecham.
7, 20 May, 1937 + 3 Aida DN as Amonasro (alternating with Cesare Formichi/
Lawrence Tibbett) w. Giovanni Martinelli, Gina Cigna/Eva Turner, Ebe Stignani
/Rose Bampton, Umberto Di Lelio (Ramfis), Giulio Tomei (the King); cond. Francesco
14 May, 3 June 1937 Tosca DN as Angelotti w. Gina Cigna, Giovanni Martinelli,
Lawrence Tibbett, Aristide Baracchi (Sacristan & Sciarrone); cond. John Barbirolli.
Ditto - 3 June exc Maria Caniglia (Tosca), Gustavo Gallo (Cavaradossi)
BBC-TV 1 June, 1937 Polly (Gay) 50 minutes DN as Morano with Joan Collier
(Polly), Elsie French (Mrs. Diver), Charlotte Leigh (Mrs. Trapes)
Covent Garden (continued)
9, 13, 15, 23 June 1937 Prince Igor DN as Prince Igor with André Burdino,
Sinaide Lissitschkina/Elena Karnicka (Princess Yaroslavna), Angelica Cravcenco
(Konchakovna), Georges Doubrowsky (Prince Galitsky), Lucien Bernasconi (Khan
Konchak); cond. Eugene Goossens.
BBC 11 June, 1937 La Traviata Act III DN as Germont with Noel Eadie,
Covent Garden (continued)
24, 28 June 1937 Don Juan de Manara (Eugene Goossens) DN as Don José w.
Lawrence Tibbett (Don Juan), Stella Andreva (Marta), Harold Williams (Don Pedro),
Marie Burke (Donna Paquita) Monica Warner (Donna Victoria) Mae Craven ((Donna
Carolina) Elsa Stenning (Donna Juana), Margaret Carlisle (Donna Inez), Frank
Sale (Don Luis), Norman Allin (Dom Mortès), Gladys Ripley (Catalina);
conducted by the composer.
LEEDS TRIENNIAL FESTIVAL, Town Hall, Leeds, 5-9 Oct. 1937
5 October, 1937 EVG Tone Poem, The Origin of Fire (Sibelius) DN with Male
Voice Choir; cond. Malcolm Sargent with London Symphony Orchestra
6 October, 1937 AM Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini) DN with Ina Souez,
Astra Desmond, Heddle Nash; cond. Sargent
THE IMPERIAL LEAGUE OF OPERA AT COVENT GARDEN
29 November, 10 December, 1937, La Bohème DN as Marcello w. Lisa
Perli, Heddle Nash, Robert Easton, Ruth Naylor, Robert Alva, Octave Dua, Percy
Harris; cond, Robert Ainsworth.
30 November, 1937 Hansel und Gretel DN as Peter w. Olive Dyer, Maggie
Teyte, Constance Willis, Edith Furmedge, Anne Breton, Audrey Langford; cond.
7 December, 1937 Barber of Seville DN as Figaro w Percy Heming (Bartolo),
Ben Williams (Count), Ruth Naylor (Rosina), Richard Watson (Basilio), Robert
Alva, Constance Willis, Morgan Davies; cond. Robert Ainsworth.
11 December, 1937 exc Noel Eadie (Rosina)
9 December 1937 Rigoletto DN as Rigoletto with Ben Williams (Duke), Noel
Eadie (Gilda), Norman Allin (Sparafucile), Edith Furmedge (Maddalena), Booth
Hitchin (Monterone), Basil Hemming (Marullo0; cond. Aylmr Buesst.
BBC-TV 12 February & 1 March, 1938 Arlecchino (Busoni) DN as
The Abbott with Irene Eisinger (Colombina), Robert Helpmann (Arlecchino), William
Parsons (Ser Matteo), Jan van der Gucht(Leandro), Roderick Lloyd (the Doctor)
28 May to 4 June 1938 Marriage of Figaro - Dennis sang Figaro in open
air concert performances.
BBC 5 October, 1938 Pagliacci DN as Tonio with Hella Toros, Frank
Sale, John Fullard
ENGLISH OPERA SOCIETY AT COVENT GARDEN, 10-29 October, 1938
10, 15 October 1938 Faust DN as Valentine with Harold Williams (Méphistophélès),
Lisa Perli (Marguerite), Heddle Nash (young Faust), Frank Sale (old Faust), Oscar
Natzke (Wagner), Mae Craven (Siebel), Vera de Villieres (Marthe); cond. Stanford
13 to 24 October, 1938 + 1 Rigoletto DN as Rigoletto (alternating w. Arthur
Fear) with Luella Paikin, Heddle Nash, Constance Willis, Norman Allin, Florence
Parry, Booth Hitchin; cond. Sydney Beer.
14, 19, 26 October, 1938 Pagliacci DN as Tonio (alternating with Arthur
Fear) with Ruth Naylor/Helen Toros, Walter Widdop/Frank Sale, Morgan Davies
20, 28 October, 1938 The Serf (George Lloyd) DN as Sweyne with Ruth Naylor
(Sigrid), Edith Furmedge (Githa), Henry Wendon (Cerdie), Oscar Natzke (De Fulke),
Richard Watson (the Priest), John Fullard (Squire); cond. Albert Coates
25, 29 October 1938 Die Fledermaus DN as Falke w. Hella Toros (Rosalinde),
Ruth Naylor(Adele), Ben Williams (Eisenstein), Frank Sale (Alfred), Gladys Parr
(Orlofsky), Arnold Matters (Frank); cond, Richard Ainsworth.
IMPERIAL LEAGUE OF OPERA & CG ENGLISH OPERA COMPANY AT THE EMPIRE THEATE,
2 November, 1938 (Cavalleria Rusticana)/I Pagliacci DN as Tonio with Ruth
Naylor, Walter Widdop, Morgan Davies, John Fullard
4, 8 November, 1938 Rigoletto DN as Rigoletto with Luella Paikin, Constance
Willis, Florence Parry, Heddle Nash, Norman Allin, Booth Hitchin; cond. Ainsworth
5, 9 November, 1938 Die Fledermaus DN as Falke w. Hella Toros, Ruth Naylor,
Gladys Parr, Henry Wendon, Percy Heming, Frank Sale, Morgan Davies, Grahame Clifford;
10 November, 1938 The Serf DN as Sweyne with Ruth Naylor, Edith furmedge,
Henry Wendon, John Fullard, Arthur Fear, Richard Watson, Oscar Natzke; cond.
BBC 17 February, 1939 Manon (Massenet) Acts 1-4 DN as Lescaut with Maggie
Teyte, Heddle Nash, Roy Henderson, Norman Walker; cond. Stanford Robinson.
BBC Queen’s Hall 5 March, 1939 Mathis Der Maler (Concert
version) DN as Mathis. British Première.
THE CARL ROSA OPERA COMPANY (KING’S THEATRE, EDINBURGH)
14 April 1939 Rigoletto DN as Rigoletto with Luella Paikin (Gilda), Olga
Haley (Maddalena), Ivor John (Duke), Howell Glynne (Sparafucile), Philip Bertram
(Monterone); cond. Charles Webber.
THE CARL ROSA OPERA (GLASGOW)
15 April, 1939 Barber of Seville DN as Figaro
THE CARL ROSA OPERA (PRINCE’S THEATRE, BRISTOL)
?? Barber of Seville DN as Figaro with Phyllis Brooks (Rosina), Kingsley
Lark (Bartolo), Howell Glynne (Basilio), Ivor John (Almaviva)
First Concert to be performed for British Forces in France, Nov. 1939 DN with
Sir Seymour Hicks, Gracie Fields
STREATHAM HILL THEATRE, London
10-17 June, 1940 Chu Chin Chou (Frederic Norton)(9 perfs) DN as Nur-Al-Huda
Ali w. Marjorie Browne (Marjanah), Jerry Verno (Ali Baba), Tom Kinniburgh (Abdullah),
Kay Bourne (Alcolom), Lyn Harding (Abu Hassan), Rosalind Fuller (Zahrat Al-Kalub)
Ditto -Palace Theatre, 3 July - 10 Sept., 1940 (87 perfs)
THE ROYAL CARL ROSA OPERA AT THE WINTER GARDEN THEATRE, 26 January to
26 February 1943
4 February, 1943 Barber of Seville DN as Figaro with Joan Collier, Heddle
Nash, Norman Allin, KIngsley Lark
9 February 1943 La Traviata DN as Germont w. Joan Hammond, John Torney;
cond. Walter Susskind
WINTER GARDEN THEATRE, 22 April to 10 July, 1943 (94 perfs)
The Vagabond King (Rudolf Friml) DN as Francois Villon (alternating with
Webster Booth with Anne Ziegler, Tessa Deane (Huguette), Syd Walker, Henry Boynton
PICCADILLY THEATRE 18 August to 23 October, 1943 (84 perfs)
Sunny River (Hammerstein II and Sigmund Romberg) DN as Jean Gervais with
Evelyn Laye, Edith Day, Don Avery, George Gower, Marion Wilson, Ena Burrill,
CAMBRIDGE THEATRE 25 May to 24 June, 1944 (39 perfs)
A Night in Venice (J. Strauss arr. Erich Korngold) DN as Carmello) with
Daria Bayan (Annina), Henry Wendon.
April, 1945 The Dream of Gerontius recording in Huddersfield Town Hall,
DN as The Priest with Heddle Nash, Gladys Ripley, Norman Walker; cond. Malcolm
PRINCES THEATRE, 6 Sept. 1935 - 20 Sept. 1946 (367 perfs)
Merrie England (Basil Hood & Sir Edward German) DN as Earl of Essex
with Heddle Nash (Sir Walter Raleigh), Linda Gray (Queen Elizabeth).
17 March 1946 Victory Concert in Berlin with Ivor Novello, Leslie Henson, Peter
Sinclair Broadcast throughout Germany
7 May, 1946 1066 and All That (Reginald Arkell & Alfred Reynolds)
DN with Michael Redgrave, Ivor Novello, Robert Morley, Will Hay and Googie Withers.
COVENT GARDEN OPERA COMPANY 6 January - 5 July, 1947
15 January, 1947 Carmen DN as Escamillo with Edith Coates, Kenneth Neate,
Audrey Bowman, David Franklin, Muriel Rae, Constance Shacklock, Grahame Clifford;
cond. Karl Rankl.
Ditto - 20 perfs exc Coates/Constance Shacklock, DN/Jess Walters/Bruce Dargavell),
Rae/B. Turner; conds Rankl/Goodall.
30 January, 1947 Manon DN as Lescaut with Virginia McWatters, Heddle Nash,
Jess Walters; cond. Reginald Goodall.
Ditto - 11 perfs DN/George Hancock, Nash/Edgar Evans, cond. Goodall/Karl Rankl.
DUBLIN OPERA SOCIETY, Olympia Theatre,
5 October 1948 The Barber of Seville DN as Figaro with Heddle Nash (Almaviva),
Minnie Bower (Rosina), Jack Harte (Bartolo), Maelgwyn Williams (Basilio); cond.
D. Michael Brierly.
24 October, 1949 Rigoletto DN as Rigoletto w. Elena Daniei(Gilda), Lester
Ferguson (Duke), Jack Harte (Sparafucile), Jenny O’Toole (Maddalena), cond.
D. Michael Brierly.
BBC December, 1949 Falstaff DN as Falstaff with Mary Jarred (Quickly),
Laila Finneberg ((Mistress Ford), Stanley Pope (Ford), Flora Nielsen ((Meg Page),
Beryl Hart (Nannetta), Gwent Lewis (Fenton); cond. Stanford Robinson.
BBC, December, 1949 Simon Boccanegra DN as Boccanegra with Joyce
Garside, (Amelia), cond. Stanford Robinson.
NOTTINGHAM 18 March, 1950 Tales of Hoffmann Concert performance
DN as Lindorf, Hermann, Nicklause, Dr. Miracle, Dapertutto, Coppelius with Elena
Danieli (Olympia, Giulietta, Antonia), Henry Wendon (Hoffmann, Nathaniël).
DUBLIN OPERA SOCIETY 25 October, 1950 Simon Boccanegra DN as Boccanegra
with Marion Lowe (Amelia), Rowland Jones (Gabriele), Maelgwyn Williams (Fiesco);
cond. D. Michael Brierly
1950(?) The Barber of Seville DN as Figaro with Marion Studholme (Rosina),
Gerald Davies (Count), Jack Harte (Bartolo), Martin Lawrence (Basilio); cond.
Lieut. F. O’Callaghan.
BBC c. 1950 Iphigenie in Tauride (Gluck) DN as Thoas with Suzanne
Danco (Iphegenie), Peter Pears (Pylades), Bernard Demigny (Oreste); cond. Roger
THE LONDON OPERA CLUB (Fortune Theatre)
5 & 6 May, 1950 [Prima Donna (Benjamin)]/Susanna’s Secret (Ermanno
Wolf-Ferrari) DN as Count Gil with Lorely Dyer; cond. Stanford Robinson.
BBC 30 February, 1952 Armide (Gluck) DN as Ubaldo with Margaret
Field-Hyde (Lucinda), Genevieve Moisin (Armide), Richard Lewis (Renaud), Hugues
Cuenod ((Danish Knight), Ian Wallace, Marion Studholme; cond. Edward Appia.
CORONATION OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II Westminster Abbey, London, 2 June, 1953
DN sings Belshazzar’s Feast by Walton.
LEICESTER DE MONTFORT HALL, 4 November, 1953
Elijah (Mendelsohn) DN as Elijah with Ena Mitchell, Marjorie Tomas, David
Galliver, John Palmer and Leslie Woodgate conducting the Philharmonic Choir with
George Thalben-Ball at the organ in lieu of orchestra
Christmas 1953 Aladdin, Connaught Theatre, Worthing DN as Mi-Ti-Hi (Emperor
of China) with Hazel Bainbridge (an Oracle), Constance Wake (the Fairy of the
(Ring), Dennis Martin (Prince Pekoe), Anne Bishop (So-Shi), Frederick Jaeger
(Aladdin), Douglas Rust (Mandarin); cond. Jack Williams
NEW OPERA SOCIETY, CORK, 25 May, 1954 Carmen as Escamillo with
Marina de Gabarain (Carmen), Thorsteinn Hannesson (Don José), Monica MacNamee
(Micaëla); cond. Sraney Bowyer.
BBC 5, 8 May, 1955 Dalibor (Smetana) DN as Vladislav with Joan
Hammond (Mikada), Suzanne Danco (Jitka), Richard Lewis (Dalibor), Alexander Young
(Vizek), Stanley Clarkson (Benes), Ian Blair; cond. Vilem Tausky.
COVENT GARDEN OPERA COMPANY, 25 Oct/54-26 Feb/55 and 18 April to 24 July/55
18 Feb, 1 July, 1955 +4 Manon DN as Lescaut (alternating with Geraint
Evans) with Adele Leigh, John Lanigan, Otakar Kraus; cond. Reginald Goodall.
Sadlers Wells Opera 21 September, 1955 to 21 April, 1956 Rigoletto DN
as Rigoletto (alternating with Frederic Sharp) with Marjorie Shires, Robert Thomas,
Anna Pollak, David Ward, Harold Blackburn, Peter Glossop; cond. Leo Quayle
21 and 24 March, 1956 (5 perfs) Trevallion (Roy Phillips) (spo Farmer
Haycorn) with Janet Hamilton-Smith, Edmund Donlevy, Richard Gooden, Martin Lawrence
Royal Albert Hall, London HENRY WOOD PROMENADE CONCERTS
BBC 63rd Season 31 July, 1957 Belshazzar’s Feast (Walton) DN as
soloist, also "Sing ye to the Lord" (Bach)
Kingston-upon Hull Opera Society
25 March, 1958 Aida (Concert version) DN as Amonasro with Victoria Elliott
(Aida), Walter Midgley (Radames), Gladys Osborne (Amneris), Harold Christian
(King); cond. Robert Marchant.
Royal Albert Hall, London HENRY WOOD PROMENADE CONCERTS, BBC 64th Season 28 July,
1958 Belshazzar’s Feast (Walton) w. DN as soloist
BBC 23 March, 1959 Alcina (Handel) DN with Heather Harper, Josephine Veasey,
Marion Studholme, Margreta Elkins, Prentis; cond. Charles Farncombe
BBC 6 June, 1959 Don Juan de Manara DN as Don José with Bruce Boyce,
Norman Lumsden, Howell Glynne (?), Helen Watts, Jan van der Gucht, Marion Lowe,
Robert Thomas, Marie Collier, Norman Walker, Andrew MacPherson, Monica Sinclair,
Andrew Gold; cond. The Composer