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Cavalleria Rusticana 1916Carl Rosa Opera Company

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A review of performance

Cast details are taken from a review of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci in the Scotsman (26 February). The reviewer said both operas 'received excellent renderings'.

"In both there seemed to be a greater vigour and fire than usual, and the performance did great credit to the conductor, Mr Henriquz de la Fuente, who has this week proved himself a most valuable acquisition to the company."

"Mascagni's opera was fortunate in a Santuzza, Miss Eleanor Felix, very greatly above the average impersonation of the character.  Vocally fine, it was a really strong dramatic conception of the wronged, passionate Italian peasant girl. 

The Turiddu of Mr Edward Davies, the Alfio of Mr Frank Clarke, the Lola of Miss Dorothy Lawson Taylor, a better Lola, it may be said, than usual, and the Lucia of Miss Jean Douglas Wilson were all good, but the Santuzza was superior to them all.  It was an impersonation in which there was the note of reality."


The 1916 Scottish tour

The Scottish circuit consisted of two weeks at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum, followed by three at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal. Advertisements state the orchestra included fifty performers.

w/c Monday 21 Feb Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Aïda; Wed Tannhauser; Thu Trovatore; Fri Cav and Pag; Sat m Faust; Sat e Bohemian Girl.

w/c Monday 28 Feb Carmen; Tue Tales of Hoffmann; Wed Mignon; Thu Magic Flute; Fri Faust*; Sat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Maritana.

w/c Monday 6 March Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Carmen; Wed Faust; Thu Trovatore; Fri Cav and Pag; Sat m Aïda; Sat e Maritana.

w/c Mon 13 March Tannhauser; Tue Tales of Hoffmann; Wed Aïda; Thu Magic Flute; Fri Faust; Sat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Bohemian Girl.

w/c Mon 20 March Carmen; Tue Mignon; Wed Cav and Pag; Thu Attack on the Mill; Fri Tales of Hoffmann; Sat m Faust; Sat e Trovatore.

The whole amounted to seven performances of Tales of Hoffmann; five of Faust; three of Aïda, Cav and Pag, Carmen, and Trovatore; two of Tannhauser, Bohemian Girl, Mignon, Maritana, and Magic Flute; one of Attack on the Mill.

  • The advertised performance in Edinburgh of Attack on the Mill was replaced by one of Faust. The latter performance was seemingly not reviewed.

Performance Cast

Santuzza a village girl

Eleanor Felix

Mamma Lucia the innkeeper, Turiddu’s mother

Jean Douglas-Wilson

Lola Alfio’s wife

Dorothy Lawson-Taylor

Alfio the village carter

Frank Clarke

Turiddu a young soldier

Edward Davies

Performance DatesCavalleria Rusticana 1916

Map List

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

25 Feb, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

10 Mar, 19.30 22 Mar, 19.15

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