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Rigoletto 1947Covent Garden Opera

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The newly-reconstituted Covent Garden Opera resumed touring quite quickly after the war, with a wide repertoire performed in English translation. The most notable members of this Rigoletto cast are the Italian baritone Paolo Silveri in the title role, a leading performer at Covent Garden for several seasons, and the Australian tenor Kenneth Neate, who divided his career between Britain and Germany. Edith Coates had a long career, from before the war through to the 1970s. The bass David Franklin had sung at Glyndebourne before the war, and though he retired from opera at a relatively young age, he continued to entertain, appearing for many years on the BBC radio panel game My Music.

The conductor Karl Rankl had a high reputation, especially in the central Germanic repertoire of Beethoven, Wagner and Strauss. After a few seasons as musical director at Covent Garden he took up a similar position in Glasgow with the SNO.

The repertoire for this two week Glasgow season was as follows:

First Week: Mon 18 Aug Magic Flute; Tue 19 Turandot; Wed 20 Trovatore; Thu 21 Carmen; Fri 22 Turandot; Sat 23 mat Carmen; Sat 23 eve Trovatore.

Second Week: Mon 25 Aug Magic Flute; Tue 26 Rosenkavalier; Wed 27 Trovatore; Thu 28 Rosenkavalier; Fri 29 Rigoletto; Sat 30 mat Turandot; Sat 30 eve Rigoletto.

The Rigoletto cast details are from a programme for 29 August in the Royal Opera House collection.

Performance DatesRigoletto 1947

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

29 Aug, 19.30 30 Aug, 19.30

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