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Cavalleria Rusticana 1928British National Opera Company

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This four week tour only contained a single performance of the famously popular double-bill of Cav & Pag.  As it was placed on the Saturday evening (20 October) at the end of the Aberdeen week it is not to be expected that any critics would attend.  Nor have we as yet found a copy of the programme, so no cast for either opera is available.  One reason for the lack of performances is that the pairing was simultaneously being presented on tour by the Carl Rosa company.

No reviews or programmes for Cav & Pag have come to light. The cast we have listed is from a preview of the visit in the Press and Journal on 7 September (p3).  No conductor is specified.


BNOC in Scotland 1928

This final Scottish tour by BNOC was only four weeks instead of the six enjoyed the previous year.  This is partly because the King's Theatre in Dundee, an excellent modern venue, visited for the first time in 1927,  was now a cinema and no longer available.  But Aberdeen (His Majesty's) was still a welcoming venue along with Edinburgh (King's) and Glasgow (Theatre Royal).

The fifteen operas performed were:

Mozart (Magic Flute);  Rossini (Barber of Seville);  Wagner (Tannhäuser,  Lohengrin;  Mastersingers);  Verdi (TrovatoreAïdaFalstaff);  Gounod (Faust);  Bizet (Carmen);  Massenet (Manon);  Puccini (Bohème,  Madam Butterfly);  Leoncavallo (Pagliacci);  Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana)


The tour schedule was as follows:

Aberdeen, w/c 15 October:  Mon 15  Lohengrin;  Tue 16  Carmen;  Wed 17 mat  Tannhäuser;  Wed 17 eve  Madam Butterfly;  Thu 18  Aïda;  Fri 19  Falstaff;  Sat 20 mat  Bohème;  Sat 20 eve  Cav & Pag.

Edinburgh, w/c 22 October:  Mon 22  Manon;  Tue 23  Lohengrin;  Wed 24 mat  Faust;  Wed 24 eve  Barber of Seville;  Thu 25  Magic Flute;  Fri 26  Falstaff;  Sat 27 mat  Carmen;  Sat 27 eve Madam Butterfly.

Glasgow, w/c 29 October:  Mon 29  Lohengrin;  Tue 30  Tannhäuser;  Wed 31 mat  Faust;  Wed 31 eve  Barber of Seville;  Thu 01 Nov  Falstaff;  Fri 02  Manon;  Sat 03 mat Carmen;  Sat 03 eve  Bohème.

Glasgow, w/c 05 November:  Mon 05  Falstaff;  Tue 06  Magic Flute;  Wed 07 mat  Trovatore;  Wed 07 eve  Lohengrin;  Thu 08  Aïda;  Fri 09  Mastersingers;  Sat 10 mat  Manon;  Sat 10 eve  Madam Butterfly.

Performance Cast

Santuzza a village girl

May Blyth (Oct 20 e)

Mamma Lucia the innkeeper, Turiddu’s mother

Margaret Anderson (Oct 20 e)

Turiddu a young soldier

Francis Russell (Oct 20 e)

Alfio the village carter

Philip Bertram (Oct 20 e)

Lola Alfio’s wife

Gladys Parr (Oct 20 e)

Performance DatesCavalleria Rusticana 1928

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

20 Oct, 19.30

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