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Traviata 1944Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Aberdeen Press and Journal (29 February) said of Ruth Naylor, "in spite of a wig that did not fit her or the part, sang from start to finish with an ease in the florid music and the more pathetic part of the score that caught the house. Her gestures, unfortunately, do not fit the part as well as her voice.'  Of Otakar Kraus, it was said "This fine actor-singer created something that hadn't gone before, and it was so every time he appeared...We must hand it to Walter Susskind for the great part he and his orchestra played in the evening. This, perhaps, was the greatest triumph of the night."

Reviewing the Edinburgh performance on 6 March, the Scotsman praised it.  Apparently, Otakar Kraus was indisposed, and at short notice was replaced as the elder Germont by Kingsley Lark.

This wartime Carl Rosa cast is interesting because of the presence of two immigrants from central Europe in Otakar Kraus and Walter Susskind. The conductor would be an important influence in the fifties, including a period with the SNO. The Czech baritone spent many years at Covent Garden, and was also a hugely influential teacher. On a lower level, Martin Quinn's career with Carl Rosa went back to shortly after the first war.

Full cast details are identical in programmes for 28 February (Aberdeen City Library) and 3 April (Mitchell Library).

The 1944 visit to Scotland by Carl Rosa consisted of seven weeks, one in Aberdeen first, followed by two in Edinburgh.  The Rosa then spent two weeks at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle before moving to Glasgow for four weeks.

Crowded houses were reported, further evidenced by the Wednesday matinees.

w/c Mon 28 Feb Traviata; Tue Butterfly; Wed m Cav and Pag; Wed pm Boheme; Thu Merry Wives of Windsor; Fri Faust; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c Mon 6 Mar Traviata; Tue Faust; Wed m Cav and Pag; Wed e Boheme; Thu Merry Wives; Fri Rigoletto; Sat m Boheme; sat e Barber of Seville.

W/c Mon 13 Mar Cav and Pag; Tue Merry Wives; Wed m Faust; Wed e Butterfly; Thu Trovatore; Fri Boheme; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Faust


w/c Mon 3 Apr Cav and Pag; Tue Boheme; Wed m Barber; Wed e Faust; Thu Merry Wives; Fri Butterfly; Sat m Cav and Pag; Sat e Trovatore

W/c Mon 10 Apr Traviata; Tue Tales of Hoffman; Wed m Faust; Wed 12 Butterfly; Thu Boheme; Fri Tales of Hoffman; Sat m Merry Wives; Sat e Rigoletto

w/c Mon Apr 17 Barber; Tue Traviata; Wed m Hoffman; Wed e Rigoletto; Thu Faust; Fri Butterfly; Sat m Barber; Sat e Traviata;

w/c Mon 25 Apr Rigoletto; Tue Merry Wives; Wed m Butterfly; Wed e Hoffman; Thu Traviata; Fri Boheme; Sat m Hoffman; Sat e Cav and Pag

Performances of Cav and Pag were accompanied by those of nine other operas. 

Performance Cast

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Ruth Naylor

Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo

Lipa Balmont

Doctor Grenvil

Martin Quinn

Flora Bervoix Violetta's friend

Ruth Abbott

Marquis d' Obigny

Nicholas Quin

Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town

Robert Sydney

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

John Torney

Annina Violetta's maid

Esther Martin

Giuseppe Violetta's servant

Roland Randell

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

Otakar Kraus

Performance DatesTraviata 1944

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

28 Feb, 19.15

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

6 Mar, 18.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

10 Apr, 19.00 18 Apr, 19.00 22 Apr, 19.00 27 Apr, 19.00

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