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Cavalleria Rusticana 1939Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The week commencing Monday, 3 April, saw the Carl Rosa's final visit to Edinburgh before the outbreak of World War Two. The company then moved to Glasgow King's for two weeks, playing the same operas. However the two Friday evenings in Glasgow saw the addition of single performances of A Masked Ball and La traviata.

Casts for Monday and Tuesday 3 and 4 April are from OperaScotland's copy of the programme. Ruth Packer had an important career as a dramatic soprano in the fifties, but is probably one of many artists whose careers suffered because of the war. She later became a notable teacher.

The week's programme in Edinburgh was: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Barber of Seville; Wed Gipsy Baron; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Madam Butterfly; Sat mat Fledermaus; Sat eve Faust.

The Glasgow schedule, including two Johann Strauss operettas, was as follows: 

W/c 10 April: Mon Fledermaus; Tue Butterfly; Wed Faust; Thurs Rigoletto; Fri Masked Ball; Sat mat Gipsy Baron; Sat eve Barber of Seville.

W/c 17 April: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Fledermaus; Wed Madam Butterfly; Thu Gipsy Baron; Fri Traviata; Sat mat Fledermaus; Sat eve Faust.

During this period, the Carl Rosa were including an extensive sequence of the ballet music.

Performance Cast

Santuzza a village girl

Ruth Packer

Mamma Lucia the innkeeper, Turiddu’s mother

Ann Sholes

Alfio the village carter

Philip Bertram

Turiddu a young soldier

John Torney

Lola Alfio’s wife

Elisabeth Aveling

Performance DatesCavalleria Rusticana 1939

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

3 Apr, 19.45

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

17 Apr, 19.45

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