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Madam Butterfly 1947Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Glasgow was always fertile ground for the Carl Rosa company, and they gave considerably more performances there than in the other Scottish cities. Indeed some years, as in 1947, the four weeks in Scotland, commencing 21 April, were spent entirely in Glasgow. The operas given were a fairly standard group, by Verdi (Rigoletto, Trovatore, Traviata); Puccini (Bohème, Butterfly); Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana); Leoncavallo (Pagliacci); Gounod (Faust); Offenbach (Tales of Hoffmann); Bizet (Carmen) and Wagner (Flying Dutchman).

The cast includes a new soprano, Korina Hellas, who would be the company's Butterfly for a couple of seasons. The veteran baritone Hubert Dunkerley, as Sharpless, was a late stand-in for the indisposed Arthur Copley.

Cast details are from a programme for Wednesday 30 April, in the Gardiner Collection (Mitchell Library), which contains information about both the matinee of Rigoletto and that evening's Butterfly.

A review of an earlier performanc in the tour in the Scotsman (9 April) says "it was distinguished by Joan Hammond's performance in the title role, and once more, by the general competence of the production as a whole."

Performance Cast

Lieut. F B Pinkerton U S Navy

John Myrddin

Goro marriage broker

Robert Scott

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Betty Sagon

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Hubert Dunkerley

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Korina Hellas

Imperial Commissioner

Jack Petfield

Bonze a priest, Cio-Cio-San's uncle

George David

Prince Yamadori

Liddell Peddieson

Kate Pinkerton

May Cunningham

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1947

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

8 Apr, 19.30 12 Apr, 14.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

23 Apr, 14.00 30 Apr, 19.30 10 May, 14.00

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