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Barbiere di Siviglia 1944Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Barber of Seville had not been part of Carl Rosa's repertoire in Scotland earlier in the year.

There was a short review in the Daily Record (18 April), from which cast details are taken. Also there was one in the Scotsman (18 April) which called the performance 'delightful'.

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 provision of Wednesday matinees.

W/c 28 Feb Aberdeen: Mon Traviata; Tue Butterfly; Wed m Cav & Pag; Wed pm Bohème; Thu Merry Wives of Windsor; Fri Faust; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore.

W/c 6 Mar Edinburgh: Mon Traviata; Tue Faust; Wed m Cav & Pag; Wed e Bohème; Thu Merry Wives; Fri Rigoletto; Sat m Bohème; sat e Barber of Seville.

W/c 13 Mar Edinburgh: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Merry Wives; Wed m Faust; Wed e Butterfly; Thu Trovatore; Fri Bohème; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Faust.

W/c 3 Apr Glasgow: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Bohème; Wed m Barber; Wed e Faust; Thu Merry Wives; Fri Butterfly; Sat m Cav & Pag; Sat e Trovatore

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

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

W/c 25 Apr Glasgow: Mon Rigoletto; Tue Merry Wives; Wed m Butterfly; Wed e Hoffman; Thu Traviata; Fri Bohème; Sat m Hoffman; Sat e Cav & Pag

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

Performance Cast

Count Almaviva a young nobleman

Robert Sydney

Figaro a barber

Hubert Dunkerley

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Phyllis Brooks

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Booth Hitchen

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Norman Allin

Production Cast


Charles Webber

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1944

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

11 Mar, 18.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

5 Apr, 14.00 17 Apr, 19.00 22 Apr, 14.00

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