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Madam Butterfly 1949Carl Rosa Opera Company

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A review in the Scotsman (5 April) argued that Laelia Finneberg, the Butterfly, was rather too old to represent a girl in her teens (a common problem with this opera).  She sang beautifully, though.

The full cast details are from a programme for 16 April in Aberdeen City Library.


In 1949, Carl Rosa Opera toured Scotland for seven weeks, giving seven performances each week; two weeks in Edinburgh, one Aberdeen, four Glasgow.  Nine different operas were performed. The programme included familiar works by Rossini (Barber); Verdi (Trovatore, Traviata); Puccini (Bohème, Tosca, Butterfly); Gounod (Faust) and Bizet (Carmen). There was one extremely enterprising novelty in the delightful form of The Kiss by Smetana, receiving its Scottish premiere.

Edinburgh w/c 28 Mar: Mon Traviata; Tue Faust; Wed Bohème; Thu Carmen; Fri Barber; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Faust.

Edinburgh w/c 4 Apr: Mon Butterfly; Tue Kiss; Wed Carmen; Thu Bohème; Fri Faust; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Faust.

Aberdeen w/c 11 Apr: Mon Faust; Tue Bohème; Wed Barber; Thu Carmen; Fri Kiss; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore.

Glasgow w/c 18 Apr: Mon Carmen; Tue Faust; wed Traviata; Thu Tosca; Fri Barber; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore.

Glasgow W/c 25 Apr: Mon Faust; Tue Butterfly; Wed Kiss; Thu Bohème; Fri Carmen; Sat m Barber; Sat e Butterfly.

Glasgow W/c 2 May: Mon Bohème; Tue Carmen; Wed Tosca; Thu Faust; Fri Traviata; Sat m Carmen; Sat e Barber..

Glasgow W/c 9 May: Mon Butterfly; Tue Trovatore; Wed Faust; Thu Carmen; Fri Kiss; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Traviata.

Performance Cast

Lieutenant F B Pinkerton U S Navy

John Myrddin (Apr 4)

Ivan Dixon (Apr 16)

Goro marriage broker

Luis Gomila (Apr 16)

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Monica Sinclair (Apr 16)

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Hubert Dunkerley (Apr 4)

Charles Miller (Apr 16)

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Laelia Finneberg (Apr 4)

Gita de la Fuente (Apr 16)

Imperial Commissioner

Bruce Clark (Apr 16)

Bonze a priest, Cio-Cio-San's uncle

Ernest Thomas (Apr 16)

Prince Yamadori

Ernest Thomas (Apr 16)

Kate Pinkerton

Barbara Howitt (Apr 16)

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1949

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

2 Apr, 14.30 4 Apr, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

16 Apr, 14.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

23 Apr, 14.00 26 Apr, 19.15 30 Apr, 19.15 9 May, 19.15

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