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Cavalleria Rusticana 1893Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The 21 performances of Rustic Chivalry given in 1892 had clearly not exhausted the enthusiasm felt by Scottish audiences, so a further thirteen appeared in 1893. The only problem remained what to use to complete the evening. Single acts of popular operas were now completely rejected. The management first tried repeats of the previous year's couplings, both Djamileh and L'elisir d'amore. The most frequent partner, however, was Mascagni's follow-up, L'amico Fritz, seen as short for a full evening but not quite right as a make-weight. But in November the company brought two more one-acters playing together - Mascagni's I Rantzau followed by Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. It would not be long before the historically successful combination of 'Cav and Pag' would be formed.

Whatever other work Cavalleria was paired with, it is clear that the company now had a number of singers able to portray the leading roles as required. The cast for the matinee of May 13 was advertised as the team that had performed recently at Windsor.

A programme survives in the Mitchell Library giving the cast for the performance of Thursday 23 November

Performance Cast

Santuzza a village girl

Alice Esty (May 2, 17)

Marie Duma (May 13m; Nov 14)

Frances Saville (Nov 18m)

Mamma Lucia the innkeeper, Turiddu’s mother

Mme Amadi (May 13m)

Alfio the village carter

Max Eugene (May 2, 13m; Nov 14)

Turiddu a young soldier

Barton McGuckin (May 2, 13m, 17)

Charles Hedmondt (Nov 14, 18m)

Lola Alfio’s wife

Pauline Joran (Nov 13m)

Minnie Hunt (May 2; Nov 14)

Production Cast


Claude Jaquinot (May 2, 17; Nov 14)

Eugène Goossens I (May 13m)


Frederick Weatherly

Performance DatesCavalleria Rusticana 1893

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

24 Apr, 00.00 2 May, 00.00 4 May, 00.00 6 May, 14.00 14 Nov, 00.00 18 Nov, 14.00 23 Nov, 00.00

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

10 May, 00.00 13 May, 14.00 17 May, 19.30 19 May, 19.30 30 Nov, 00.00 2 Dec, 14.00

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