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Nozze di Figaro 1951Covent Garden Opera

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The Covent Garden Opera's spring 1951 tour took in only two venues over four weeks - the Edinburgh Empire from the fifth to the seventeenth March and the Manchester Palace from the nineteenth to the thirty-first.

The Edinburgh programme was as follows:

First week: Mon Lohengrin; Tue Rigoletto; Wed Fidelio; Thu Carmen; Fri Traviata; Sat mat Butterfly; Sat eve Figaro.

Second weel: Mon Figaro; Tue Lohengrin; Wed Carmen; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Butterfly; Sat mat Traviata; Sat eve Rosenkavalier.

Figaro would remain a signature role for Sir Geraint Evans for the next quarter-century - culminating in his own staging of the work for the Edinburgh Festival. Emmy Loose is interesting casting as Susanna - a guest who spent her career at the Vienna State Opera, but here learns a very long role in English. New Zealander Inia Te Wiata had joined the company in January, and worked for much of the next twenty years at Covent Garden.

The cast is taken from programme for Saturday 10 March in the Edinburgh Room collection (Edinburgh City Library) and for Monday 12 March in the NLS collection.

Performance Cast

Figaro the Count's valet

Geraint Evans

Susanna the Countess's maid

Emmy Loose

Bartolo a doctor, the Countess's former guardian

Inia Te Wiata

Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper

Edith Coates

Cherubino the Count's page

Adèle Leigh

Count Almaviva a Spanish grandee

Jess Walters

Don Basilio a priest and music master

Dennis Stephenson

Countess Almaviva

Elisabeth Abercrombie

Antonio a gardener, Susanna's uncle

Rhydderch Davies

Don Curzio a lawyer

David Tree

Barbarina daugher of Antonio

Iris Kells

First Peasant Girl

Norah Cannoli

Second Peasant Girl

Vera Evans


Joan Benesch

Judy Laraman

Performance DatesNozze di Figaro 1951

Map List

Empire Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

10 Mar, 19.00 12 Mar, 19.00

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