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Trovatore 1951Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Cast details are taken from a surviving programme in the Mitchell library archives. A very short review is given in the Glasgow Herald (14 April).

The reviewer states, "It was not until the last act...that one felt at ease with the performance.  Previously an epidemic of vibrato had assailed the principal singers, and Arthur Hammond, who conducted, was less successful than usual in obtaining co-ordination between stage and orchestra.  One's attention was therefore too much occupied with the convention-ridden plot and the blood-and-thunder atmosphere.

In Act IV, however, there was some very good singing from Ruth Packer as Leonora and Alice Gange as the half-crazed  gypsy Azucena. John Myrrdin as Manrico was too often below pitch to be completely effective. Arthur Wallington was the Count di Luna, and of the smaller parts Donald Campbell made a good impression as Ferrando."

The company performed for four weeks in Glasgow then one in Aberdeen. The final lap, of two weeks in Edinburgh, was cancelled due to structural work having to take place in the King’s Theatre.

The schedule was as follows:-

w/c Mon 2 Apr Barber; Tue Butterfly; Wed Carmen; Thu Bohème; Fri Dutchman; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Cav and Pag

w/c Mon 9 Apr Rigoletto; Tue Traviata; Wed Bohème; Thu Faust; Fri Trovatore; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Carmen.

w/c Mon 16 Apr Dutchman; Tue Bohème; Wed Rigoletto; Thu Butterfly; Fri Barber; Sat m Cav and Pag Sat e Traviata

w/c Mon 23 Apr Mon Cav and Pag; Tue Carmen; Wed Butterfly; Thu Traviata; Fri Faust; Sat m Barber; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c Mon 30 Apr Cav and Pag; Tue Rigoletto; Wed Bohème; Thu Carmen; Fri Dutchman; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Barber.

Apart from Cav and Pag, nine operas were performed.

Performance Cast

Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon

Arthur Wallington

Manrico a chieftain under the Prince of Biscay

John Myrddin

Leonora a Duchess, lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon

Ruth Packer

Azucena a Biscayan gypsy woman

Alice Gange

Ferrando captain of Di Luna's guard

Donald Campbell

Ruiz a soldier in Manrico's service

Edwin Jepps

Old Gypsy

Peter Harrison

Production Cast


Arthur Hammond

Performance DatesTrovatore 1951

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

13 Apr, 19.15 28 Apr, 19.15

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