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Rigoletto 1944Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Cast details taken from a programme for 19 April in the OperaScotland collection and a Scotsman review (11 March).

"Last night brought a crowded audience to the King's Theatre...Last night Joseph Satariano gave fine expression to the mingled malevolence and tenderness of the jester. Its grotesque aspects were never allowed to obscure the tragedy and pathos of the character.  John Torney, who sang particulalry well, was a convincing Duke. Ruth Naylor's Gilda had also an effective dramatic quality, and the scene with her father in the third act was an excellent piece of work."

The 1944 visit to Scotland by Carl Rosa consisted of seven weeks, one in Aberdeen first, followed by two in Edinburgh.  The Rosa then spent two weeks at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle before moving to Glasgow for four weeks.

Crowded houses were reported, further evidenced by the Wednesday matinees.

w/c Mon 28 Feb Traviata; Tue Butterfly; Wed m Cav and Pag; Wed pm Boheme; Thu Merry Wives of Windsor; Fri Faust; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c Mon 6 Mar Traviata; Tue Faust; Wed m Cav and Pag; Wed e Boheme; Thu Merry Wives; Fri Rigoletto; Sat m Boheme; sat e Barber of Seville.

W/c Mon 13 Mar Cav and Pag; Tue Merry Wives; Wed m Faust; Wed e Butterfly; Thu Trovatore; Fri Boheme; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Faust


w/c Mon 3 Apr Cav and Pag; Tue Boheme; Wed m Barber; Wed e Faust; Thu Merry Wives; Fri Butterfly; Sat m Cav and Pag; Sat e Trovatore

W/c Mon 10 Apr Traviata; Tue Tales of Hoffman; Wed m Faust; Wed 12 Butterfly; Thu Boheme; Fri Tales of Hoffman; Sat m Merry Wives; Sat e Rigoletto

w/c Mon Apr 17 Barber; Tue Traviata; Wed m Hoffman; Wed e Rigoletto; Thu Faust; Fri Butterfly; Sat m Barber; Sat e Traviata;

w/c Mon 25 Apr Rigoletto; Tue Merry Wives; Wed m Butterfly; Wed e Hoffman; Thu Traviata; Fri Boheme; Sat m Hoffman; Sat e Cav and Pag

Performances of Cav and Pag were accompanied by those of nine other operas. 

Performance Cast

Page to the Duchess

Nanette Quin

Giovanna Gilda's duenna

Evelyn Tay

Matteo Borsa a courtier

Morton Clifford

Count Monterone

Appleton Moore

Marullo a courtier

Martin Quinn (19 April)

Rigoletto a jester

Joseph Satariano

Duke of Mantua

John Torney

Count Ceprano a courtier

Nicholas Quin

Sparafucile a professional assassin

Kingsley Lark

Norman Allin (19 Apr)

Countess Ceprano

Celia Harris

Gilda Rigoletto's daughter

Ruth Naylor

Maddalena sister of Sparafucile

Gladys Parr

Catherine Lawson (19 Apr)

Production Cast


Charles Webber

Performance DatesRigoletto 1944

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

10 Mar, 18.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

15 Apr, 19.00 24 Apr, 19.00

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