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Traviata 1950Covent Garden Opera

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The Covent Garden Opera visited the Edinburgh Empire for a two week season commencing Monday, April 17 1950. The entire tour lasted eight weeks, with tthree each in Manchester and Birmingham, followed by the Edinburgh stay. Peter Grimes, The Olympians and Lohengrin featured in the repertoire.

In those days nearly all performances were in English - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf had been a member of the company since 1948 and was quite comfortable with the language. Her other roles at this time included Butterfly, Gilda and Manon. Rudolf Schock also sang frequently at the Royal Opera House.

While Sophie Fedorovitch's designs for La traviata were replaced in 1964 by the famous Visconti staging, her sets and costumes for Madama Butterfly, which had opened in January (also with Schwarzkopf and Schoch) remained in use for the next thirty years.

The repertoire for the visited included La traviata on the first Thursday, the only Scottish performance of the new Bliss opera The Olympians on the Friday, with Lohengrin on the second Tuesday.

Cast details for La traviata are from a programme in the Edinburgh Room collection at Edinburgh City Library.

Performance DatesTraviata 1950

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