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Barbiere di Siviglia 1930Covent Garden Opera

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The new cast member in this run of The Barber was the Rosina, coloratura soprano Nora Gruhn, who had also sung Adele in Die Fledermaus, and the following year would add Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. As with her predecessors, she did not sing Rossini's own composition for the lesson scene. 'Contro un cor' was composed for the original contralto range and was perhaps found not to transpose effectively to the higher voice. While Noël Eadie and Marguerite Anderson both inserted the Laughing Song from Auber's version of Manon Lescaut, Gruhn sang a famous set of variations by Mozart on the French song 'Ah, vous dirai-je maman'.

Cast details from a programme in the Edinburgh City Library.

Performance Cast

Count Almaviva

Heddle Nash

Figaro a barber

Dennis Noble

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Percy Heming

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Nora Gruhn

Don Basilio a singing teacher

William Anderson

Fiorello servant of the Count

Frank Sale

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Gladys Parr


Frank Sale


Albert Cornish

Production Cast


Robert Ainsworth

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1930

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

1 Nov, 14.00

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