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Don Giovanni 1934Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Carl Rosa's Scottish tour in the spring of 1934 began with two weeks at the Glasgow Theatre Royal, followed by one each at His Majesty's, Aberdeen and the King's Edinburgh.

The performance schedule was as follows:

First week (Glasgow), commencing 26 March: Mon Fledermaus; Tue Barber; Wed Cav & Pag; Thu Carmen; Fri Fledermaus; Sat mat Butterfly, Sat eve Faust.

Second week, commencing 2 April: Mon Barber; Tue Trovatore; Wed Carmen; Thu Don Giovanni; Fri Madam Butterfly; Sat mat Fledermaus; Sat eve Maritana.

Third week (Aberdeen), commencing 9 April: Mon Fledermaus; Tue Cav & Pag; Wed Carmen; Thu Faust; Fri Barber; Sat mat Fledermaus; Sat eve Maritana.

Fourth week (Edinburgh), commencing 16 April: Mon Fledermaus; Tue Carmen; Wed Don Giovanni; Thu Fledermaus; Fri Barber; Sat mat Faust; Sat eve Maritana.

It seems odd that this hugely important work was only given two performances during a four-week tour. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the casting is the two ladies - Helen Ogilvie had a heavier repertoire than Mabel Baker and might have been expected to appear as Donna Anna.

Cast details for Thursday 5 April are taken from a programme in the Gardiner Collection (Mitchell Library) which also includes details of the previous evening's Carmen.

Performance Cast

Leporello Giovanni's servant

Ronald Stear

Donna Anna the Commendatore's daughter

Mabel Baker

Don Giovanni a young nobleman

Leyland White

Commendatore an elderly aristocrat

Charles Draper

Don Ottavio engaged to Anna

Ivor John

Donna Elvira a lady from Burgos

Helen Ogilvie

Zerlina a peasant girl

Pauline Maunder

Masetto a peasant, engaged to Zerlina

Howell Glynne

Performance DatesDon Giovanni 1934

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

5 Apr, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

18 Apr, 19.30

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