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Rigoletto 1946Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Carl Rosa 1946 Tour

The 1946 Scottish tour by the Royal Carl Rosa lasted eight weeks, and started on Monday, 11 March, with two weeks in Edinburgh, followed by two in Aberdeen then four in Glasgow. There were eight performances each week, including matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.  The playing order was:

Edinburgh w/c Mon 11 Mar Tosca; Tue Hoffmann; Wed m Cav and Pag; Wed e Butterfly; Thu Faust; Fri Bohème; Sat m Hoffmann Sat e Butterfly

Edinburgh w/c Mon 18 Mar Trovatore; Tue Traviata; Wed m Cav and Pag; Wed e Butterfly; Thu Faust; Fri Bohème; Sat m Hoffmann; Sat e Butterfly

Aberdeen w/c Mon 25 Mar Butterfly; Tue Hoffmann; Wed m Cav and Pag Wed e Bohème; Thu Trovatore; Fri Faust; Sat Butterfly; Sat e Tosca

Aberdeen w/c Mon 1 Apr Traviata; Tue Cav and Pag; Wed m Faust; Wed pm Bohème; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Hoffmann; Sat Rigoletto; Sat Trovatore.

Glasgow w/c Mon 8 Apr Traviata; Tue Tosca; Wed m Cav and Pag; Wed Bohème; Thu Hoffmann; Fri Butterfly; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Traviata

Glasgow w/c Mon 15 Apr Cav and Pag; Tue Traviata; Wed m Hoffmann; Wed e Rigoletto; Thu Faust; Fri Tosca; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Cav and Pag

Glasgow w/c Mon 22 Apr Faust; Tue Rigoletto; Wed m Traviata; Wed e Trovatore; Thu Tosca; Fri Cav and Pag; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Faust.

Glasgow w/c Mon 29 Apr Tosca; Tue Traviata; Wed m Butterfly; Wed e Rigoletto; Thu Bohème; Fri Traviata; Sat m Faust; Sat e Rigoletto

In Glasgow, all the operas received four performances, with the exception of Traviata (6), Butterfly (3), Hoffmann (2) and Trovatore (1).  Cav and Pag and eight other operas were given – Faust, Hoffmann, three Verdi, three Puccini.

Cast details for Rigoletto are from programmes for 4 April and 6 April matinee in Aberdeen City Library.  The cast for 17 April (evening) in Glasgow is from a programme in the OperaScotland collection.

Performance Cast

Duke of Mantua

Robert Sydney (Apr 4, 6 m)

Ivan Dixon (Apr 17 e)

Matteo Borsa a courtier

Norman Brown (Apr 4, 6 m; 17 e)

Count Ceprano a courtier

James Stewart (Apr 4, 6 m, 17 e)

Marullo a courtier

Martin Quinn (Apr 4, 6 m, 17 e)

Countess Ceprano

Celia Harris (Apr 4, 6 m, 17 e)

Rigoletto a jester

Joseph Satariano (Apr 4, 6 m, 17 e)

Count Monterone

Appleton Moore (Apr 4, 6 m)

George Hancock (Apr 17 e)

Sparafucile a professional assassin

Norman Allin (Apr 4, 6 m)

Appleton Moore (Apr 17 e)

Gilda Rigoletto's daughter

Gwen Catley (Apr 4, 6 m, 17 e)

Giovanna Gilda's duenna

Betty Sagon (Apr 4, 6 m, 17 e)

Page to the Duchess

Catherine Harding (Apr 4, 6 m)

Maddalena sister of Sparafucile

Ruth Abbott (Apr 4, 17 e)

Patricia Black (Apr 6 m)

Performance DatesRigoletto 1946

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

4 Apr, 19.15 6 Apr, 14.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

17 Apr, 19.30 23 Apr, 19.30 1 May, 19.30 4 May, 19.30

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