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Cavalleria Rusticana 1911Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Once the pairing of Cav & Pag became established they remained a fixture in the Carl Rosa repertoire until the company stopped touring.

The cast for the matinee of Cavalleria on 11 March is from the Scotsman on Monday.  That for 28 March is from the brief Glasgow Herald review the following morning.


Two Edinburgh Reviews

Scotsman:  Monday, 13 March 1911  (p6)

The Carl Rosa Opera Company in Edinburgh

'Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci were the operas submitted by the Carl Rosa Opera Company at the matinee on Saturday.  In Mascagni's beautiful opera, Mr Walter Wheatley sustained the rôle of Turiddu, the fickle lover, and was at his best in the dramatic interview with his mother before the duel.  The Santuzza of Miss Emma Loeffler was a realistic piece of work.  She was equal to the demands made on her vocally and dramatically.

'Miss Lawson Taylor made a dainty Lola, and the part of the mother was ably sustained by Miss Douglas Wilson.  To the orchestra praise is due for their expressive rendering of the famous Intermezzo.'


Ednburgh Evening News:  Monday, 13 March 1911  (p2)

The Carl Rosa Company at the king's Theatre

'The Carl Rosa Company gave a feast of good things on Saturday.  In the afternoon Cavalleria and Pagliacci were played, both with success, and the latter with magnificent effect.  In the earlier piece, the company took some time to warm to their work.  The leading roles were ably sustained.  Miss Emma Loeffler as Santuzza sang with fine tone, and realised to the full the dramatic possibilities of the part.  Mr Wheatley gave a well-studied presentment of the village Don Juan, Turiddu, and, being in fine voice, gave the role an excellent interprettion.  All the other characters were in good hands.  The ''Intermezzo'' received fine treatment from the orchestra.'


A Glasgow Review

Glasgow Herald:  Wednesday, 29 March 1911 (p5)

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'The musical public fortunately do not trouble much about styles and schools.  So long as their music is alive they are content.  The rude appeal of the modern Italian finds them as ready to respond as the appeal of the most refined German or Frenchman.   Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci have long been favourites, and last night in the Grand Theatre they were as enthusiastically received as ever.   The only feature of special interest was the appearance of Miss Enna Loeffler as Santuzza.   Miss Loeffler, though not specially interesting as a singer,  proved herself an actress of no small ability.  Unfortunately her singing of the part was marred by inartistic phrasing.  The other parts in the opera were well sustained by Misses Lawson-Taylor and Wilson and Messrs Wheatley and Austin.

'The performance of Pagliacci was notable for all-round excellence.  As Nedda Miss Ina Hill sang brilliantly, and Mr Hedmondt in the part of Canio kept the audience enthralled.   Chorus and orchestra under Mr Goossens were again highly efficient.'


The Carl Rosa Scottish Tour - 1911

The tour consisted of five weeks at three locations, two at Edinburgh (King's), two Glasgow (Grand), and one Greenock (King's).

The thirteen operas in the repertoire were: Mozart (Marriage of Figaro);  Benedict (Lily of Killarney);  Balfe (Bohemian Girl);  Thomas (Mignon);  Wallace (Maritana);  Wagner (Tannhäuser,  Lohengrin);  Verdi (Trovatore);  Gounod (Faust);  Goldmark (Queen of Sheba);  Bizet (Carmen);  Leoncavallo (Pagliacci);  Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana).

The schedule was:

Edinburgh, w/c 6 March:  Mon 6 Tannhäuser;  Tue 7  Carmen;  Wed 8  Lily of Killarney;  Thu 9 Marriage of Figaro;  Fri 10  Queen of Sheba;  Sat 11 m Cav & Pag;  Sat 11 e Trovatore.

Edinburgh, w/c 13 March:  Mon 13 Lohengrin;  Tue 14 Mignon;  Wed 15 Bohemian Girl;  Thu 16 Queen of Sheba;  Fri 17 Faust;  Sat 18 m Mignon; Sat 18 e Lily of Killarney.

Glasgow, w/c 20 March:  Mon 20 Mignon;  Tue 21 Faust;  Wed 22 Lily of Killarney;  Thu 23 Queen of Sheba;  Fri 24 Trovatore;  Sat 25 m Mignon; Sat 25 e Bohemian Girl.

Glasgow, w/c 27 March:  Mon 27 Carmen;  Tue 28 Cav & Pag;  Wed 29 Queen of Sheba;  Thu 30 Mignon;  Fri 31 Tannhäuser;  Sat 1 Apr m Queen of Sheba;  Sat 1 Apr e Lly of Killarney.

Greenock, w/c 3 April:  Mon 3 Carmen;  Tue 4 Faust;  Wed 5 Maritana:  Thu 6 Queen of Sheba;  Fri 7 Tannhäuser;  Sat 8 m Mignon;  Sat 8 e Bohemian Girl.

Performance Cast

Santuzza a village girl

Emma Loeffler (Mar 11 m, 28)

Mamma Lucia the innkeeper, Turiddu’s mother

Jean Douglas-Wilson (Mar 11 m, 28)

Turiddu a young soldier

Walter Wheatley (Mar 11 m, 28)

Alfio the village carter

Leslie Austin (Mar 28)

Lola Alfio’s wife

Dorothy Lawson-Taylor (Mar 11 m, 28)

Performance DatesCavalleria Rusticana 1911

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

11 Mar, 14.00

Grand Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

28 Mar, 19.15

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