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Nozze di Figaro 1942Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Figaro was relatively unfamiliar to local audiences, far less frequently performed than Rossini's Barber.

The Carl Rosa usually had its own orchestral players at the principal desks, supplemented by local musicians. To hire the Scottish Orchestra for this visit seems a wartime experiment.

Cast details are from a programme in the A M Gardiner collection (Mitchell Library).

According to the Scotsman review (9 April) there was a capital group of women singers and "under the experienced direction of Charles Webber there was a performance which had grace and distinction."

As far as Scotland was concerned, the 1942 Carl Rosa season consisted of three weeks in Glasgow, followed by two in Edinburgh. Crowded houses were reported, evidenced too by the Wednesday matinees.

Mon 16 Mar Traviata; Tue Barber of Seville; Wed mat Butterfly; Wed Evg Trovatore; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Butterfly; Sat m Barber of Seville; Sat e Faust

Mon 23 Mar Barber of Seville; Tue Boheme; Wed mat Trovatore; Wed evg Butterfly; Thu Faust; Fri Rigoletto; Sat m Traviata; Sat e Boheme.

Mon 30 Mar Barber of Seville; Tue Madam Butterfly; Wed m Barber of Seville; Wed evg Traviata; Thu Marriage of Figaro; Fri Trovatore; Sat m Marriage of Figaro; Sat e Rigoletto.

Mon 6 April Barber of Seville; Tuesday Butterfly; Wed m Marriage of Figaro; Wed evg Faust; Thu Boheme; Fri Traviata; Sat m Marriage of Figaro; Sat e Trovatore.

Mon 13 Apr Traviata; Tue Marriage of Figaro; Wed m Boheme; Wed evg Trovatore; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Barber of Seville; Friday evg Faust

Performance Cast

Figaro the Count's valet

Hubert Dunkerley

Susanna the Countess's maid

Joan Collier

Bartolo a doctor, the Countess's former guardian

Appleton Moore

Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper

Gladys Parr

Cherubino the Count's page

Ruth Abbott

Count Almaviva a Spanish grandee

Kingsley Lark

Don Basilio a priest and music master

Liddell Peddieson

Countess Almaviva

Doris Walker

Antonio a gardener, Susanna's uncle

Ralph Broadbent

Don Curzio a lawyer

Liddell Peddieson

Barbarina daugher of Antonio

Grace Rattray

Performance DatesNozze di Figaro 1942

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

2 Apr, 18.45 4 Apr, 14.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

8 Apr, 14.00 11 Apr, 14.00 14 Apr, 19.00

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