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Taming of the Shrew 1880Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Shrew is an opera that is rarely performed, but seems to be widely admired, so perhaps it should be dusted down.

The first of two performances in Scotland was ruined by the problems faced by the tenor. Fred Packard was clearly out of voice when the performance started. He eventually withdrew and the first act continued, heavily cut. Eventually the part was taken by Gilbert Betjemann from the music staff - a conductor and director, rather than a singer, but at least the performance was rescued.

Performance Cast

Baptista a rich gentleman of Padua

George Snazelle

Katherine Baptista's elder daughter

Julia Gaylord

Bianca Baptista's younger daughter

Giulia Warwick

Hortensio a suitor to Bianca

Leslie Crotty

Lucentio a suitor to Bianca

Fred C Packard

Petruchio a gentleman of Verona

Walter Bolton

Grumio Petruchio's servant

Edward O'Mahony


Charles Lyall


Michael Dwyer


Josephine Warren

Performance DatesTaming of the Shrew 1880

Map List

Theatre Royal, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

15 Mar, 19.30

Gaiety Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

25 Mar, 19.30

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