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Messalina 1930Carl Rosa Opera Company

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This was the first and only appearance in Glasgow of Isidore de Lara's most successful opera. The two leading male roles, for tenor and baritone, are taken by long-term company regulars, William Boland and Hubert Dunkerley. Other prominent singers in the cast include Redvers Llewellyn, Ronald Stear and Audrey Mildmay, whose husband John Christie would shortly establish a Summer festival for her at their Sussex home, Glyndebourne.

The Scotsman critic in a notice of the only performance given in Scotland, commented on the heavy task imposed on the three principals 'who gave of their best, both in singing and acting.'  The excellence of the choral work was also a feature."

The reviewer in the Glasgow Herald (29 March) explained the opera, now 30 years old, showed its age.

Cast details are from a programme in the Mitchell Library collection.

The Carl Rosa's Scottish tour in spring 1930 began on 24 March and consisted of three weeks in Glasgow (Theatre Royal) and one in Edinburgh (Lyceum).

The repertoire was scheduled as follows:

First week Monday 24 March Trovatore; Tuesday Cav and Pag; Wednesday Flying Dutchman; Thursday Hansel and Gretel; Friday Messalina; Saturday matinee Butterfly and evening Faust.

Second week Monday 31 March Flying Dutchman;Tuesday Carmen; Wednesday Rhinegold; Thursday Tales of Hoffman; Friday Boheme; Saturday natinee Hansel and Gretel; Saturday evening Maritana.

Third week Monday 7 April Tannhauser; Tuesday Butterfly; Wednesday Siegfried; Thursday Cav and Pag; Friday Rigoletto; Saturday matinee Flying Dutchman; Saturday evening Carmen.

Fourth week Monday14 April Butterfly; Tuesday Rigoletto; Wednesday Carmen; Thursday Faust; Friday Flying Dutchman; Saturday matinee Hansel and Gretel; Saturday evening Trovatore.

During the Scottish leg of the tour, two performances of Cav and Pag were given. The remaining performances involved fourteen different operas.

Performance DatesMessalina 1930

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

28 Mar, 19.15

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