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Faust 1939Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The week commencing Monday, 3 April, saw the Carl Rosa's final visit to Edinburgh before the outbreak of World War Two. 

Of the performance of Faust in Glasgow, the Scotsman (13 April) gave a great review to Faust, adding that 'Kingsley Lark, in particular, dominated the stage whenever he was on it.' A dleightful ballet sequence was arranged by Ailne Phillips.

The week's programme in Edinburgh was: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Barber of Seville; Wed Gipsy Baron; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Madam Butterfly; Sat mat Fledermaus; Sat eve Faust.

The Glasgow schedule, including two Johann Strauss operettas, was as follows: 

W/c 10 April: Mon Fledermaus; Tue Butterfly; Wed Faust; Thurs Rigoletto; Fri Masked Ball; Sat mat Gipsy Baron; Sat eve Barber of Seville.

W/c 17 April: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Fledermaus; Wed Madam Butterfly; Thu Gipsy Baron; Fri Traviata; Sat mat Fledermaus; Sat eve Faust.

During this period, the Carl Rosa were including an extensive sequence of the ballet music.

Cast details are drawn from the OperaScotland copy of the programme for 11 & 12 April.

Performance Cast

Faust a learned doctor

John Torney

Méphistophélès the devil

Kingsley Lark

Valentin Marguerite's brother

Joseph Satariano

Wagner a student of Dr Faust

Howell Glynne


Helen Ogilvie

Siébel a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite

Betty Thompson

Marthe a neighbour

Elisabeth Aveling

Performance DatesFaust 1939

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

8 Apr, 19.45

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

12 Apr, 19.45 22 Apr, 19.45

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