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Traviata 1948Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Scotsman (31 March) reviewed the first Edinburgh performance, saying it had the advantage of a credible Violetta in Elena Danieli. The reviewer thought the second act not drasmatically credible, though the audience seemed quite willing to suspend disbelief.

Miss Danieli seemed to get better as the evening wore on "and her death scene captured a great deal of the atmosphere of the situation - an atmosphere which must be pretty strong to withstand the dreadful effect of such flat-footed English as:'If you sleep, you will soon be convalescent.' Surely something could be done about that without any serious violation of the Dumas-Verdi tradition. The word ''convalescent' is about as easily assimilable in a scene of great dramatic tension as a hot-water bottle would be. Ivan Dixon played the thankless part of Alfred with a voice that sounded somewhat hard and strained, and he overdid to an embarrassing degree the sobbing in the second act.

The smaller roles were capably filled and there was some individuality in Arthur Hammond's conducting which might have been even more effective had it not so often seemed to be trying out the theory of the invisible beat."

The cast is taken from a programme for 14 April in Aberdeen City Library.

The Carl Rosa 1948 tour involved two weeks in Edinburgh, then one in Aberdeen and four Glasgow; seven weeks of seven performances each week. The repertoire consisted of works by Rossini (Barber of Seville); Verdi (Trovatore, Traviata); Puccini (Bohème, Tosca, Butterfly) and Bizet (Carmen)

w/c Mon 29 Mar Carmen; Tue Traviata; Wed Tosca; Thu Butterfly; Fri Barber; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Carmen

w/c Mon 5 Apr Butterfly; Tue Carmen; Wed Bohème; Thu Barber; Fri Trovatore; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Traviata.

w/c Mon 12 Apr Tosca; Tue Bohème; Wed Traviata; Thu Butterfly; Fri Carmen; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c Mon 19 Apr Tosca; Tue Butterfly; Wed Traviata; Thu Carmen; Fri Barber; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Traviata.

w/c Mon 26 Apr Traviata; Tue Carmen; Wed Bohème; Thu Barber; Fri Tosca; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Traviata.

w/c Mon 3 May Butterfly; Tue Traviata; Wed Barber; Thu Tosca; Fri Traviata; Sat m Carmen; Sat e Barber.

w/c Mon 10 May Bohème; Tue Tosca; Wed Butterfly; Thu Carmen; Fri Barber; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Traviata.


Performance Cast

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Ruth Packer

Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo

Arthur Wallington

Flora Bervoix Violetta's friend

Patricia Black

Doctor Grenvil

Harold Blackburn

Marquis d' Obigny

Frederick Wood

Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town

Luis Gomila

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

Graham Allender

Annina Violetta's maid

Esther Martin

Giuseppe Violetta's servant

Liddell Peddieson

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

Arthur Copley

Commissar in Flora's household

Bruce Clark

Performance DatesTraviata 1948

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

30 Mar, 19.30 10 Apr, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

14 Apr, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

21 Apr, 19.15 24 Apr, 19.15 26 Apr, 19.15 4 May, 19.15 7 May, 19.15 15 May, 19.15

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