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Barbiere di Siviglia 1935Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The performance was notable for the conducting of John Barbirolli.  According to the Scotsman (5 April) 'The famous conductor of the Scottish Orchestra obtained a fine performance of the orchestral score, and had a well-deserved ovation.'

It was still a long-established practice for the part of Rosina to be taken by a light soprano. It is only since the appearance of coloratura contraltos such as Conchita Supervia (at precisely this mid-30s period) that the role has been returned to the more authentic lower voice type.

The opera was followed by a ballet to music from Borodin's Prince Igor, which Mr Ivan Clayton conducted.


The Scottish itinerary was one week in Edinburgh followed by two in Glasgow:

Edinburgh, w/c 18 Mar: Mon Fledermaus;  Tue Traviata;  Wed Elixir of Love;  Thu Carmen;  Fri Tannhäuser;  Sat m Fledermaus;  Sat e Faust.

Glasgow, w/c 25 Mar:  Mon Fledermaus;  Tue Don Giovanni;  Wed Faust;  Thu Carmen;  Fri Tannhäuser;  Sat m Rigoletto;  Sat e Fledermaus.

Glasgow, w/c 1 Apr:  Mon Carmen;  Tue Faust;  Wed Traviata;  Thu Barber of Seville;  Fri Elixir of Love;  Sat m Fledermaus;  Sat e Maritana.

Performance Cast

Count Almaviva a young nobleman

Ivor John

Figaro a barber

Leyland White

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Mabel Baker

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Kingsley Lark

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Howell Glynne

Production Cast


John Barbirolli

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1935

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

4 Apr, 19.45

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