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Barbiere di Siviglia 1929Covent Garden Opera

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The first tour by the new Covent Garden Opera opened in Halifax before coming to Aberdeen. The week's repertoire consisted of - Monday Mastersingers; Tuesday Barber of Seville; Wednesday Bohème; Thursday Falstaff; Friday Turandot; Saturday matinee Faust; Saturday evening Madam Butterfly. The last two were conducted by Eugene Goossens, all the previous evenings by John Barbirolli. 

The principal novelty of the repertoire was the new Turandot, receiving its Scottish premiere. Other items, such as this Tuesday evening Barber, were essentially lifted unchanged from the old BNOC repertoire. The only major role to have been recast was that of Don Basilio. The others had appeared in the same parts for the previous two years, including the conductor.

The programme makes it clear that Rosina's aria in the Lesson Scene would not be the piece composed by Rossini, 'Contro un cor', but a bravura display piece for coloratura soprano, Adam's Variations on 'Ah! vous dirai-je maman', Mozart's setting, more familiar to English-speaking audiences as 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star'.

Further tour dates to be confirmed.

Cast details are from our copy of the Aberdeen programme.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Arsène Kirillov

Count Almaviva

Heddle Nash

Figaro a barber

Dennis Noble

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Noël Eadie

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Percy Heming

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Fernando Autori

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Gladys Parr


Arsène Kirillov


Albert Cornish

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1929

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His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

1 Oct, 19.30

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