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Pagliacci 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.

This performance of Pagliacci sees a late appearance by the baritone Hubert Dunkerley, who later taught Peter Glossop. The Maltese baritone Joseph Satariano played regularly with the company until its closure twenty years later.

Cast details for 3 and 4 April (Cav & Pag followed by The Barber) are from a copy of the programme in the OperaScotland collection.

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

Tonio a player

Hubert Dunkerley

Canio leader of the players

John Myrddin

Nedda Canio's wife

Lillian Webb

Beppe a player

Gwilym Jones

Silvio a villager

Joseph Satariano

Performance DatesPagliacci 1939

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

3 Apr, 19.45

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

17 Apr, 19.45

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