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Barbiere di Siviglia 1943Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The performance schedule for the Carl Rosa week commencing Monday 15 March began: Mon Bohème, Tue Rigoletto, Wed mat Butterfly, Wed eve Figaro. It continued Thu Barber, Fri Traviata, Sat mat Merry Wives and Sat Faust. Due to wartime paper restrictions cast details were compressed into two programmes, each a single sheet containing four operas. These have both been preserved in the A M Gardiner collection (Mitchell Library).

The Barber cast is broadly similar to the one seen in Glasgow exactly a year earlier.

As far as Scotland was concerned, the 1943 Carl Rosa season consisted of three weeks in Glasgow, followed by two in Edinburgh. Crowded houses were reported, further evidence being the Wednesday matinees.

Mon 15 Mar Boheme; Tue Rigoletto; Wed m Butterfly; Wed e Marriage of Figaro; Thu Barber of Seville; Fri Traviata; Sat m Merry Wives of Windsor; Sat e Faust

Mon 22 Mar Butterfly; Tues Merry Wives; Wed m Marriage of Figaro; Wed e Faust; Thu Boheme; Fri Barber of Seville; Sat m Trovatore; Sat e Rigoletto

Mon 29 Mar Merry Wives; Tue Traviata; Wed m Rigoletto; Wed e Figaro; Thu Butterfly; Fri Boheme; Sat m Barber; Sat e Trovatore.

Mon 5 Apr Butterfly; Tue Figaro; Wed m Boheme; Wed e Merry Wives; Thu Barber; Fri Traviata; Sat m Rigoletto; Sat e Trovatore

Mon 12 April Boheme; Tue Barber of Seville; Wed m Figaro; Wed e Faust; Thu Butterfly Fri Merry Wives; Sat m Rigoletto; Sat e Trovatore.

Forty performances of nine operas.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Martin Quinn

Count Almaviva

Tudor Davies

Figaro a barber

Hubert Dunkerley

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Joan Collier

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Kingsley Lark

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Norman Allin

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Evelyn Tay


Ernest Sutherland


Liddell Peddieson

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1943

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 Mar, 19.00 26 Mar, 19.00 3 Apr, 14.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

8 Apr, 18.30 13 Apr, 18.30

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