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Trovatore 1910Castellano Grand Italian Opera

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Cavaliere Castellano organized a company largely of Italian performers that toured Britain several times in the years before the First World War. The repertoire was largely Italian, particularly Verdi (Ernani, Rigoletto, Trovatore, Ballo in maschera), but also Barber of Seville, Lucia and Cav & Pag. Foreign repertoire included Faust, Carmen and even Maritana, All were sung in Italian, which may have improved Wallace's work to a considerable degree, with recitatives composed by Tito Mattei to replace Fitzball's ponderous dialogue.

The audience and critical reception seems to have been highly enthusiastic - the Scotsman critic essentially indicating that this was what Italian opera sounded like in Italy, and should sound like over here, but so rarely did.

Before venturing north of the central belt, the company had already made two visits to Edinburgh. The programme for each week was identical in Aberdeen and Dundee: Mon Trovatore; Tue Rigoletto; Wed Cav & Pag; Thu Carmen; Fri Barbiere di Siviglia; Sat mat Lucia di Lammermoor; Sat eve Faust. It seems these were the first local performances of The Barber in forty years.

The cast details are from a programme in Aberdeen City Library, with reviews in the Scotsman and Dundee Advertiser.

Further tour dates to be confirmed.

Performance Cast

Ferrando captain of Di Luna's guard

Signor Vittori

Inez confidante of Leonora

Signora Cavezzano

Leonora a Duchess, lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon

Signora Defral

Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon

Signor Vail

Manrico a chieftain under the Prince of Biscay

Signor Barbato

Azucena a Biscayan gypsy woman

Madame Goretta Castellano

Old Gypsy

Signor Tero


Signor Fragari

Ruiz a soldier in Manrico's service

Signor Antonini

Performance DatesTrovatore 1910

Map List

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

3 Oct, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

17 Oct, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

24 Oct, 19.30

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