TITLE: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches
VENUE: The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
PRODUCTION CREDITS: Janet Baker, Elizabeth Bainbridge, Richard Cassilly, Gerald English, Robert Lloyd, Richard Van Allan. Conductors: Lawrence Foster, John Barke.
NOTES: POSTER for the premiere of the Royal Opera Company's 1976 production of the opera by William Walton. It opened on 12 November 1976 and ran for 5 performances to 30 November 1976 at Covent Garden. SIGNED BY WILLIAM WALTON AND JANET BAKER "For darling Katherine from William, Nov 19th 1976" and "To Dearest Katherine, with love from Janet". When Walton's opera was originally presented at Covent Garden in 1954, its preparation was dogged by misfortunes. Olivier, originally scheduled to direct it, backed out, as did Henry Moore who had agreed to design the production; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, for whom the role of Cressida had been written, refused to perform it and its reception by the critics had been muted. William Walton revised the score for this 1976 new production but it was, again, plagued by misfortune while in preparation. Walton was in poor health; Previn, who was to conduct, also fell ill; and the tenor chosen for Troilus pulled out. As in 1954, the critics were generally tepid. Troilus and Cressida is Walton's only full-length opera. Although dismissed by its contemporary critics as "old fashioned", it came back into critical favour after a period of re-evaluation. The poster designed by Michael Mayhew is printed by J & P Atchison in red, yellow and monotone, and shows Janet Baker in the role of Cressida from a photograph by Clive Barda. Provenance: Ex-Anthony Gasson Collection.
CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new). MINT.