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Madam Butterfly 1938Covent Garden English Opera

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The Covent Garden English Opera Company, in conjunction with the Imperial League of Opera, appeared at the Edinburgh King's for a week, giving seven performances as follows:

Mon 7.15 Faust; Tue 7.30 Madam Butterfly; Wed 7.30 Die Fledermaus; Thu 7.15 Rigoletto; Fri 6.15 The Mastersingers; Sat mat 2.00 Cav & Pag; Sat eve 7.30 La Bohème.

The Scottish element of the tour also included a visit to Glasgow (details to be confirmed).

The Artistic Adviser was Sir Thomas Beecham, and The London Philharmonic Orchestra was in the pit, or at least a 'Section B' band playing under that name.

This Butterfly cast is from our copy of the programme. The Scottish soprano Noel Eadie and the contralto Constance Willis had both sung leading roles with BNOC and at Glyndebourne. Percy Heming was also a BNOC veteran, and was now described as Artistic Organiser.

Performance Cast

Lieutenant F B Pinkerton U S Navy

Henry Wendon

Goro marriage broker

Roy Devereux

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Constance Willis

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Percy Heming

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Noël Eadie

Imperial Commissioner

Martin Quinn

Bonze a priest, Cio-Cio-San's uncle

Richard Watson

Prince Yamadori

Everard de Peyer

Kate Pinkerton

Mae Craven

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1938

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

29 Nov, 19.30

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