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Nozze di Figaro 1890Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company

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Arthur Rousbey was one of a number of artists who established their own companies around this time, in his case 1885. He had already performed Figaro on earlier tours with larger groups. He employed several promising conductors, though young Henry J Wood and Eugene Goossens II had both come and gone in 1889, before the company visited Scotland. Local reviews, as was common in those days, do not mention a conductor. Wood certainly took a rather jaundiced view of his experience, touring several small theatres in the north of England with inadequate orchestral resources. However the pit band in Dundee had an excellent reputation, unlike some of those a young conductor would need to contend with on such a tour. The Albert Hall in Edinburgh, where the tour opened, may not have been quite so fortunate.

Figaro opened the tour in Edinburgh and closed it in Glasgow, with single performances in both the other cities. As well as Figaro, the week in Dundee included Trovatore, Faust, Rose of Castille, Don Giovanni and Maritana. The previous week in Aberdeen had opened with Bohemian Girl, then Trovatore, Faust, Bo Girl again, Figaro and Maritana. Dundee may be the only venue to have seen Don Giovanni and Rose of Castille. Glasgow saw Bo Girl twice, Maritana twice, Trovatore and Figaro, with Edinburgh seeing the same four works as well.

Performance Cast

Figaro the Count's valet

Arthur Rousbey

Susanna the Countess's maid

Miss E Vadini

Cherubino the Count's page

Julia Lennox (Feb 24)

Hetty Peel (Mar 7, 10)

Count Almaviva

Mr J K Campbell

Countess Almaviva

Agnes Molteno

Performance DatesNozze di Figaro 1890

Map List

Albert Hall | Edinburgh

24 Feb, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

7 Mar, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

10 Mar, 19.30

Grand Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

23 Mar, 19.30

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