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Cavalleria Rusticana 1937Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Carl Rosa Opera, having missed out visiting in 1936, returned to Scotland in spring 1937.

A conventional repertoire was presented for a week at the King's Theatre Edinburgh, followed by two weeks at the King's Theatre Glasgow.

Of this performance, the Scotsman critic (24 March) said 'The theatre was practically full, and the audience showed themselves consistently responsive and appreciative...' the performance was said to be capable and generally interesting.

The veteran Scottish mezzo Bessie Weir, who sang Mamma Lucia, had a long career going back before the First World War, when she sang a range of roles including Delilah with Moody-Manners.

Cast details from a programme in the Edinburgh Room collection at Edinburgh City Library.

Mon 23 Mar Cav & Pag; Tue Butterfly; Wed Boheme; Thu Faust; Fri Fledermaus; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Carmen.

Mon 30 Fledermaus; Tue Boheme; Wed Carmen; Thu Traviata; Fri Tannhauser; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Faust

Mon 5 Apr Butterfly; Tue Barber of Seville; Wed Fledermaus; Thu Carmen; Fri Cav & Pag; Sat m Boheme; Sat e Maritana

Performance Cast

Santuzza a village girl

Pauline Maunder

Mamma Lucia the innkeeper, Turiddu’s mother

Bessie Weir

Alfio the village carter

George Hancock

Turiddu a young soldier

John Torney

Lola Alfio’s wife

Elisabeth Aveling

Performance DatesCavalleria Rusticana 1937

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

22 Mar, 19.45

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

9 Apr, 19.45

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