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Tosca 1949Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Cast details are taken from a short review in the Glasgow Herald (22 April). Only two performances were given in Scotland during this tour, both in Glasgow.

Of Tara Barry it was said "Not only does she possess a rich clear voice and the right appearance for the part, but she is a considerable actress. Her discovering the knife with which she kills Scarpia was beautifully done, and her agitation after the deed had a moving quality not always apparent in this scene."

"Arthus Fear's Scarpia, at first on the light side, was appropriately sinister in the second act, where he sang and acted with real feeling, and there was a good performance of Cavaradossi by John Myrrdin. Liddell Peddieson's little study of Spoletta, the police agent, was effectively repellent."

"Emanuel Yourovsky conducted the orchestra - the best this company has had for some time - with taste, giving full value to the climaxes without overloading them."

In 1949, Carl Rosa Opera toured Scotland for seven weeks, giving seven performances each week; two weeks in Edinburgh, one Aberdeen, four Glasgow.  Nine different operas were performed. 

w/c Mon 28 Mar Traviata; Tue Faust; Wed Bohème; Thu Carmen; Fri Barber; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Faust

w/c Mon 4 Apr Butterfly; Tue Kiss; Wed Carmen; Thu Bohème; Fri Faust; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Faust

w/c Mon 11 Apr Faust; Tue Bohème; Wed Barber; Thu Carmen; Fri Kiss; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c Mon 18 Apr Carmen; Tue Faust; wed Traviata; Thu Tosca; Fri Barber; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore

W/c Mon 25 Apr Faust; Tue Butterfly; Wed Kiss; Thu Bohème; Fri Carmen; Sat m Barber; Sat e Butterfly

W/c Mon 2 May Bohème; Tue Carmen; Wed Tosca; Thu Faust; Fri Traviata; Sat m Carmen; Sat e Barber.

W/c Mon 9 May Butterfly; Tue Trovatore; Wed Faust; Thu Carmen; Fri Kiss; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Traviata.

Performance Cast

Mario Cavaradossi a painter

John Myrddin

Baron Scarpia Chief of Police

Arthur Fear

Spoletta police agent

Liddell Peddieson

Floria Tosca a famous singer

Tara Barry

Production Cast


Emanuel Yourovsky

Performance DatesTosca 1949

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

21 Apr, 19.15 4 May, 19.15

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