Opera Scotland

Pagliacci 1925British National Opera Company

Read more about the opera Pagliacci

The repertoire of BNOC astonishes with its size - so many operas, including the Cav & Pag double bill, just being seen once in each city.


An Edinburgh View

During the final week of the Scottish visit, the Scotsman covered the mid-week programme succinctly, with brief notices of the matinee Cav & Pag as well as the evening Rigoletto.

'In Pagliacci, there was a Canio new to Edinburgh, in Mr Walter Widdop, who added another to his successes of the present season.  It was an admirable piece of singing, while Mr Widdop's acting was also convincing.  Miss Eda Bennie's Nedda was another fine piece of work;  the Tonio of Mr William Michael displayed an enjoyable spontaneity and force; and Mr Frederick Davies as Beppo and Mr Raymond Ellis as Silvio were excellent in their respective shares in the performance.  Mr Aylmer Buesst conducted.'


BNOC in Scotland - 1925

The 1925 tour consisted of two weeks in Glasgow (Theatre Royal) followed by two weeks in Edinburgh (King's).

The 19 operas performed during the tour were:

Bach (Coffee Cantata);  Mozart (Magic Flute); Wagner (Tannhäuser, Tristan and Isolde Mastersingers); Verdi (RigolettoAïdaOtello); Offenbach (Tales of Hoffmann);  Bizet (Carmen);  Rimsky-Korsakov (Golden Cockerel);  Leoncavallo (Pagliacci);  Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana); Puccini (BohèmeToscaMadam ButterflyGianni Schicchi); Holst (At the Boar's Head);  Vaughan Williams (Hugh the Drover).

The tour schedule was:

Glasgow, w/c 28 September: Mon 28 Rigoletto;  Tue 29 Tannhäuser;  Wed 30 mat Cav & Pag;  Wed 30 eve Hugh the Drover;  Thu 1 Oct Otello;  Fri 2 Madam Butterfly; Sat 3 mat Magic Flute;  Sat 3 eve Bohème.

Glasgow, w/c 5 October: Mon 5 Carmen; Tue 6 Coffee Cantata & Golden Cockerel; Wed 7 mat Rigoletto;  Wed 7 eve Mastersingers;  Thu 8 Otello;  Fri 9 Tristan and Isolde;  Sat 10 mat Tales of Hoffmann;  Sat 10 eve Aïda.

Edinburgh, w/c 12 October: Mon 12 Mastersingers;  Tue 13 Tannhäuser;  Wed 14  mat Bohème; Wed 14 eve Aïda;  Thu 15 Magic Flute;  Fri 16 Coffee Cantata & Hugh the Drover;  Sat 17 mat Golden Cockerel;  Sat 17 eve Carmen.

Edinburgh, w/c 19 October: Mon 19 Otello;  Tue 20 At the Boar's Head & Gianni Schicchi;  Wed 21 mat Cav Pag;  Wed 21 eve Rigoletto;  Thu 22 Bohème;  Fri 23 Tosca;  Sat 24 mat Carmen;  Sat 24 eve Tales of Hoffmann.

Performance Cast

Tonio a player

William Michael (Oct 21 m)

Canio leader of the players

Walter Widdop (Oct 21 m)

Nedda Canio's wife

Eda Bennie (Oct 21 m)

Beppe a player

Frederick Davies (Oct 21 m)

Silvio a villager

Raymond Ellis (Oct 21 m)

Performance DatesPagliacci 1925

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

30 Sep, 14.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

21 Oct, 14.00

© Copyright Opera Scotland 2022

Site by SiteBuddha