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Madam Butterfly 1930Carl Rosa Opera Company

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During the Scottish leg of the 1930 tour, two performances of Cav and Pag were given. The remaining performances involved fourteen different operas.


The Edinburgh Opinion

The Scotsman critic said of the performance dated 14 April:

"...the great duet at the end of the second act displayed again how genuinely a poet Puccini was."

Of Helen Ogilvie, it was said "her voice, with continued work, is becoming more brilliant".

"Mr William Boland, last night's Pinkerton, is a heroic rather than a purely lyric tenor.  He is, however, an eminently adaptable artist, and there was a fine charm in his share in the love-duet... The Suzuki of Miss Rispah Goodacre displayed admirable dramatic feeling, and lovely vocal quality. She is a singer with a future".


The 1930 Carl Rosa tour

The 1930 season in Scotland consisted of three weeks in Glasgow at the Theatre Royal followed by one in Edinburgh at the Lyceum. the performances were as follows:-

Glasgow, w/c 24 March: Mon 24 Trovatore; Tue 25 Cav & Pag; Wed 26 Flying Dutchman; Thu 27 Hansel and Gretel; Fri 28 Messalina; Sat 29 mat Butterfly; Sat 29 eve Faust.

Glasgow, w/c 31 March: Mon 31 Flying Dutchman; Tue 01 Nov Carmen; Wed 02 Rhinegold; Thu 03 Tales of Hoffmann; Friday 04 Bohème; Sat 05 mat  Hansel and Gretel; Sat 05 eve Maritana.

Glasgow, w/c 7 April: Mon 7 Tannhäuser; Tue 8 Butterfly; Wed 9 Siegfried; Thu 10 Cav & Pag; Fri 11 Rigoletto; Sat 12 mat Flying Dutchman; Sat 12 eve Carmen.

Edinburgh w/c 14 April: Mon 14 Butterfly; Tue 15 Rigoletto; Wed 16 Carmen; Thu 17 Faust; Fri 18 Flying Dutchman; Sat 19 mat Hansel and Gretel; Sat 19 eve Trovatore.

Performance Cast

Lieutenant F B Pinkerton U S Navy

William Boland (Apr 4)

Goro marriage broker

Robert Mawdsley (Apr 4)

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Rispah Goodacre (Apr 4)

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Frederic Collier (Apr 4)

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Helen Ogilvie (Apr 4)

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

Harry Metcalfe (Apr 4)

Prince Yamadori

Ronald Stear (Apr 4)

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1930

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

29 Mar, 14.00 8 Apr, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

14 Apr, 19.30

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