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Traviata 1857Mr Beale's Italian Opera Company

Read more about the opera Traviata

The first performance of La traviata in Scotland was given on February 20, 1857 as part of a tour of the provinces given by the Grand Italian Opera Company. Read more about it here.  For many years, it was common for the best singers in London - international stars many of them - to embark on a two- or three- month UK tour to cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bath, Newcastle and others.

The cast for the first Edinburgh performance on 25 Februuary is as advertised in the Caledonian Mercury.

La traviata in particular attracted great criticism from established churches on grounds of its morals, though Verdi and others expected - and received - complaints regarding the attitudes to social class expressed in the opera. 

Read about criticism from the Church of Scotland here.

Performance Cast

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Josefa Gassier (Feb 20, 25)

Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo

Signor Gregorio (Feb 25)

Doctor Grenvil

Signor Maltoni (Feb 25)

Flora Bervoix Violetta's friend

Madame Temple (Feb 20, 25)

Marquis d' Obigny

Signor Kinni (Feb 25)

Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town

Signor Albicini (Feb 25)

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

Signor Volpini (Feb 20, 25)

Annina Violetta's maid

Madame Heinrich (Feb 25)

Giuseppe Violetta's servant

Signor Gabussi (Feb 25)

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

Signor Lorini (Feb 20, 25)

Performance DatesTraviata 1857

Map List

Theatre Royal, Dunlop Street, Glasgow | Glasgow

20 Feb, 20.00

Theatre Royal, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

25 Feb, 20.00

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