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  • Print publication year: 2015
  • Online publication date: May 2015

Appendix 1 - Mackerras in Performance


A comprehensive documentation of the performances conducted by Charles Mackerras over more than sixty years is beyond the scope of this book. The following lists include performances that Mackerras conducted with some of the opera companies and orchestras with which he worked closely, and they also relate to specific chapters in the book. Mackerras was an astonishingly busy conductor, so these lists can only give a snapshot of his activity with a few selected organisations. Each list is as complete as we have been able to make it with the information available.

A SWO/ENO performances, 1970–77

B Janáček opera performances, 1951–2010

C San Francisco Opera performances, 1969–2000

D WNO performances, 1950–2009

E ROH performances, 1955–2010

F Performances in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, and with Czech orchestras abroad, 1961–2008

G OAE performances, 1987–2010

H SCO performances, 1993–2010

I Philharmonia performances, 2002–09

A SWO/ENO performances, 1970–77

(See Chapter 1)

The following is a list of operas conducted by Mackerras with SWO/ENO during his time as the company's Music Director. Figures in brackets represent the number of performances of each work Mackerras conducted, including those on tour (at home and abroad) as well as concert performances at the BBC Proms. Performances with the company after 1 January 1978 are not included.


New productions: Beethoven: Leonore, p. Basil Coleman, d. Tony Abbott, Joan and Ann Bloomfield (7); Bizet: Carmen, p. John Copley, d. Stefanos Lazaridis and David Walker (5).

revivals: Mozart: The Magic Flute (1); Mozart: Don Giovanni (4); Mozart: Idomeneo (2); Puccini: La Bohème (1); Wagner: The Flying Dutchman (2). Total: 22


New productions: Handel: Semele, p. and d. Filippo Sanjust (6); Beethoven: Fidelio, p. and d. as for Leonore in 1970 (5); Mozart: The Seraglio, p. Copley, d. Lazaridis (3).

revivals: Bizet: Carmen (4); Mozart: The Magic Flute (6); Puccini: Madam Butterfly (6); Rossini: The Barber of Seville (4); J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus (3); Janáček: The Makropulos Case (4); Wagner: The Valkyrie (2).