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Tosca 1953Iskoldoff Italian Opera Company

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Eugene Iskoldoff had mounted a London season at the Stoll Theatre in 1952, and would do so for several more seasons. Standards were variable, with plenty of criticism for the lack of rehearsal and of basic quality in the orchestra and chorus. The off-the-peg sets and costumes also varied in their effectiveness. However some of the singing was excellent, with the 1952 casts including the young Magda Olivero, Tito Gobbi and Carlo Bergonzi.

This first Scottish tour consisted of four weeks - two in Glasgow and one each in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. commencing Monday, 9 November 1953. The schedule included two popular favourites by Verdi (Rigoletto and Traviata), paired with two by Puccini (Bohème and Tosca). They were performed as follows:

First Week (comm 9 Nov): Mon Traviata; Tue Rigoletto; Wed mat Traviata; Wed eve Tosca; Thu Bohème; Fri Rigoletto; Sat mat Bohème; Sat eve Tosca.

Second Week (comm 16 Nov: Mon Rigoletto; Tue Traviata; Wed mat Rigoletto; Wed eve Tosca; Thu Bohème; Fri Tosca; Sat mat Traviata; Sat eve Bohème.

Third week (comm 23 Nov): Mon Traviata; Tue Tosca; Wed mat Traviata; Wed eve Rigoletto; Thu Bohème; Fri Tosca; Sat mat Rigoletto; Sat eve Bohème.

Fourth week (comm 30 Nov): Mon Traviata; Tue Tosca; Wed mat Traviata;  Wed eve Rigoletto; Thu Bohème; Fri Tosca; Sat mat Rigoletto; Sat eve Bohème.

The cast for Tosca is taken from a programme for 1 and 4 December in Aberdeen City Library. Pier Miranda Ferraro had a prominent career as a heroic tenor, noted especially for Verdi roles including Manrico, which he sang in later seasons with this company, and Otello, which he performed with Scottish Opera. Kyra Vayne, born in Russia, but raised in London, was a regular performer with this troupe.

Performance Cast

Cesare Angelotti former Consul, now a political prisoner

Gino Calo


Guido Pasella

Mario Cavaradossi a painter

Pier Miranda Ferraro

Floria Tosca a famous singer

Kyra Vayne

Baron Scarpia Chief of Police

Orazio Gualtieri

Spoletta police agent

Cesare Masini Sperti

Sciarrone police officer

Giuseppe Masola

Performance DatesTosca 1953

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 Nov, 19.30 14 Nov, 19.30 18 Nov, 19.30 20 Nov, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

24 Nov, 19.30 27 Nov, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

1 Dec, 19.30 4 Dec, 19.30

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