We have been informed of the death of Marion Studholme, a pillar of the old Sadlers Wells in the days when opera was of the people, for the people and by the people. Marion was 85.
Among her many roles were Gilda in Rigoletto, Blonde in Il Seraglio, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Adele in Wendy Toye’s production of Die Fledermaus. She was Yum Yum in Sadler’s Wells production of the Mikado, after the D’Oyly Carte copyright expired at the end of 1961.
With her husband, Andrew Downie, she appeared in Tyrone Guthrie’s productions of HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance at the Stratford, Ontario Festival and later in the West End at Her Majesty’s Theatre. She was the headline artist in the Viennese Evenings that launched Raymond Gubbay’s entrepreneurial career, 50 years ago.
Andrew died in 2009 after a fall on the escalator at Highbury and Islington Tube station. Marion is survived by their two sons.