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Nozze di Figaro 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 eve 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 cast given in the programme in the OperaScotland collection for the performance on 31 March shows no difference.

The only significant cast change compared with the 1942 team is the introduction of Ruth Packer as the Countess. She would later be more associated with heavier parts by Verdi and Puccini, though she did continue to sing Donna Anna.

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

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

Ruth Packer

Antonio a gardener, Susanna's uncle

Martin Quinn

Don Curzio a lawyer

Liddell Peddieson

Barbarina daugher of Antonio

Nanette Quin

Performance DatesNozze di Figaro 1943

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

17 Mar, 19.00 24 Mar, 14.00 31 Mar, 19.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

6 Apr, 18.30 14 Apr, 14.00

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