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Madam Butterfly 1937Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Butterfly maintained its popularity on this 1937 visit, being the only piece to have two performances in Edinburgh. The Scotsman (6 April) reviewed a Glasgow performance. which "attracted a crowded audience...In every respect, the performance was a completely satisfying one."

Glasgow cast details are from a programme in the A M Gardiner collection (Mitchell Library), for Edinburgh a programme in the OperaScotland collection.

This was part of Carl Rosa Opera's 1937 tour. (They had missed out visiting Scotland in 1936).

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

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

Lieut. F B Pinkerton U S Navy

John Myrddin (Mar 23)

Ivor John (Mar 27 m; Apr 5)

Goro marriage broker

Gwilym Jones

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Betty Thompson (Mar 23; Apr 5)

Elisabeth Aveling (Mar 27 m)

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Leyland White (Mar 23, 27m)

Hubert Dunkerley (Apr 5)

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Helen Ogilvie

Imperial Commissioner

Norman Jones

Official Registrar

William Lewis 2

Bonze a priest, Cio-Cio-San's uncle

Howell Glynne

Prince Yamadori

Alfred Hallworth

Kate Pinkerton

Viola Hogg (Mar 23)

Ann Sholes (Mar 27 m; Apr 5)

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1937

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

23 Mar, 19.45 27 Mar, 14.30

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

3 Apr, 14.30 5 Apr, 19.45

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