The BBC-TV Gondoliers (1972)
|Duke of Plaza-Toro||Denis Dowling|
|Don Alhambra||Michael Langdon|
|Duchess of Plaza-Toro||Heather Begg|
|Fiametta||Sara de Javelin|
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
Director: Bill Hays
Originally broadcast on BBC2
4 February 1972
This studio production was broadcast on the BBC in 1972 and was also probably shown on U.S. television at some point. I am not aware of any home video release. I have not seen a copy of it, but have heard that it is excellent. Several of the performers went on to major grand opera careers (particularly Tom Allen). The conductor here, David Lloyd-Jones, edited Ernest Eulenberg's critical edition of The Gondoliers, so one would expect him to lead a performance of absolute authority.
Fred Judkins wrote to me:
Yes, this Gondoliers is excellent, with a memorable first scene, complete with very beautiful dances. All of the performers are great, with a very funny Duchess, who had a "terrible taste for tippling."