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Madam Butterfly 1942Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The review in the Scotsman (8 April) pointed out that it was the first performance in the role for Ruth Packer, deputising for Helen Ogilvie, who was ill.

"It was a performance which it would be a pleasure to have again. The audience filled every seat in the King's Theatre, perhaps to some degree due to the present increased desire for entertainment."


Tour Schedule - 1942

As far as Scotland was concerned, the 1942 Carl Rosa season consisted of three weeks in Glasgow, followed by two in Edinburgh. Crowded houses were reported, evidenced in part by the Wednesday matinees.

Mon 16 Mar Traviata; Tue Barber of Seville; Wed mat Butterfly; Wed Evg Trovatore; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Butterfly; Sat m Barber of Seville; Sat e Faust

Mon 23 Mar Barber of Seville; Tue Boheme; Wed mat Trovatore; Wed evg Butterfly; Thu Faust; Fri Rigoletto; Sat m Traviata; Sat e Boheme.

Mon 30 Mar Barber of Seville; Tue Madam Butterfly; Wed m Barber of Seville; Wed evg Traviata; Thu Marriage of Figaro; Fri Trovatore; Sat m Marriage of Figaro; Sat e Rigoletto.

Mon 6 April Barber of Seville; Tuesday Butterfly; Wed m Marriage of Figaro; Wed evg Faust; Thu Boheme; Fri Traviata; Sat m Marriage of Figaro; Sat e Trovatore.

Mon 13 Apr Traviata; Tue Marriage of Figaro; Wed m Boheme; Wed evg Trovatore; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Barber of Seville; Friday evg Faust

Programme scans below are for a Theatre Royal performance 20 March. Cast for 7 April as reviewed in The Scotsman.

Performance Cast

Lieutenant F B Pinkerton U S Navy

Robert Naylor (Mar 20)

Parry Jones (Apr 7)

Goro marriage broker

Liddell Peddieson (Mar 20; Apr 7)

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Gladys Parr (Mar 20; Apr 7)

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Hubert Dunkerley (Mar 20)

Kingsley Lark (Mar 20)

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Joan Hammond (Mar 20)

Ruth Packer (Apr 7)

Imperial Commissioner

Martin Quinn (Mar 20)

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

Appleton Moore (Mar 20)

Prince Yamadori

Appleton Moore (Mar 20)

Kate Pinkerton

Ruth Abbott (Mar 20)

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1942

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 Mar, 14.00 20 Mar, 18.45 25 Mar, 18.45 31 Mar, 18.45

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

7 Apr, 19.00

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