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Traviata 1954Dundee Operatic Society

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The Gaumont had operated as a cinema for most of the time since 1928, but the stage and all other essentials were intact, and Dundee Operatic were allowed to use the building for one week a year - a great deal of dusting must have gone on backstage.

This season, the two works were, as usual, a serious opera alternating with a lighter piece. This year the second work was almost operetta, The Vagabond King. The Traviata cast was led by local soprano Mary Cairns and a new arrival, a 27-year-old tenor born on Iona. Kenneth Macdonald would spend much of his career at Covent Garden, making important Edinburgh Festival appearances with that company and the English Opera Group. Luckily, before that happened he visited Dundee for several seasons, sometimes appearing in both works.

Performance Cast

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Mary Cairns

Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo

David Forrester

Doctor Grenvil

Alistair Gordon

Flora Bervoix Violetta's friend

Constance Foster

Marquis d' Obigny

James G McIntosh

Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town

Neil Morrison

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

Kenneth Macdonald

Annina Violetta's maid

Jean Milne

Giuseppe Violetta's servant

Fergus Stewart

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

David Imrie

Performance DatesTraviata 1954

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