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Rienzi 1909Moody-Manners Opera Company

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It was fifteen years since Carl Rosa had brought Rienzi on its only previous trip to Scotland. This seems to be the only attempt Moody-Manners made to stage it, and it does not seem to have been seen here since.

There are lots of good things in the opera, not just the well-known overture, but it is extremely challenging to perform effectively. The title role is likely to exhaust all but the toughest tenors.  Brozel, like McGuckin before him, was highly versatile, but may have been slightly over-ambitious here.

Cast details are from a programme in the Weir collection, National Library of Scotland.

Performance Cast

Cola Rienzi Roman Tribune and Papal Notary

Philip Brozel (Oct 6)

Irene Rienzi's sister

Kate Anderson (Oct 6)

Stefano Colonna

Charles Magrath (Oct 6)

Adriano Colonna's son

Bessie Weir (Oct 6)

Paolo Orsini

Graham Marr (Oct 6)

Raimondo Papal Legate

Harry Brindle (Oct 6)

Baroncelli a Roman citizen

Frederick Davies (Oct 6)

Cecco del Vecchio a Roman citizen

Richard Cliffe (Oct 6)

Messenger of Peace

Rita Wallace (Oct 6)

Performance DatesRienzi 1909

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Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

6 Oct, 19.30

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