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Cavalleria Rusticana 1954Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The reviewer in the Aberdeen Evening Express (1 April) stated that there was no lack of convincing acting to add to the fine staging. "In Cavalleria Rusticana...the chorus, after a slightly hesitant start, came into their own and sang with confidence and precision. Ruth Packer and Patricia Boyer gave easy and smooth performances as the rivals for the affections of Turriddu, a part which George Chitty sang with power. The rich quality of his voice was show to advantage in Turiddu's song of farewell to his mother....there was a fine balance between singers and the orchestra, which was conducted by Maurits Sillem."

The Glasgow Herald (15 March) reviewed the performance on Saturday 13 March in positive terms "Carl Rosa at their best".

The Carl Rosa's six-week 1954 Scottish tour began on 8th March with a three week stay in Glasgow, always one of its favourite dates.  This was followed by a week in Aberdeen, from 29th March, and two in Edinburgh from 5th April. The repertoire was much as before, as the company, with no public subsidy, needed to generate all its income from ticket sales and minimize risk. Operas performed during the tour were by Gounod (Faust); (Bizet (Carmen); Offenbach (Tales of Hoffmann); Wagner (Tannhäuser); Verdi (Trovatore, Traviata); Puccini (Bohème, Butterfly); Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana); Leoncavallo (Pagliacci).

The programme for the final Glasgow week was: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Traviata; Wed Hoffmann; Thu Tannhäuser; Fri Faust; Sat mat Bohème; Sat eve Carmen.  

This was the company's final appearance in Aberdeen, where the repertoire was Mon Hoffmann; Tue Carmen; Wed Cav & Pag; Thu Faust; Fri Tannhäuser; Sat mat Butterfly; Sat eve Trovatore.

Carl Rosa Opera's six-week 1954 Scottish tour began on 8 March with a three week stay in Glasgow, always one of its favourite dates. This was followed by a week in Aberdeen (the last visit by the company), from 29 March, and two in Edinburgh from 5 April

The tour schedule was as follows:-

Glasgow w/c Mon 8 Mar Tales of Hoffman; Tue BohèmeWed Barber of SevilleThu TraviataFri CarmenSat m ButterflySat e Cav and Pag

Glasgow w/c Mon 15 Mar Rigoletto; Tue Tales of Hoffmann; Wed Bohème; Thu Barber of Seville; Fri Traviata; Sat m CarmenSat e Butterfly

Glasgow w/c Mon 22 Mar Cav and Pag; Tue Traviata; Wed Tales of Hoffman; Thu TannhauserFri FaustSat m Bohème; Sat e Carmen.

Aberdeen w/c 29 Mar Mon Tales of Hoffman; Tue Carmen; Wed Cav and Pag; Thu Faust; Fri Tannhauser; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e TrovatoreAt 7.30 and 2.30 except Tannhauser 7pm 

Edinburgh w/c Mon 5 Apr Tales of Hoffman; Tue Bohème; Wed Traviata; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Tannhauser; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Cav and Pag at 7.30 and 2.30 

Edinburgh w/c Mon 12 Apr Carmen; Tue Faust; Wed Trovatore; Thu Tales of Hoffman; Fri Cav and Pag; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Traviata.


The cast for 31 March is from a programme in Aberdeen City Library. The programme in Edinburgh Central Library archives for the performance dated 10 April shows cast changes.

Performance Cast

Santuzza a village girl

Sophia Katsarou (10 April)

Ruth Packer

Mamma Lucia the innkeeper, Turiddu’s mother

Julia Bouttell

Alfio the village carter

Joseph Satariano

Turiddu a young soldier

George Chitty

Ivan Dixon (10 April)

Lola Alfio’s wife

Patricia Boyer

Performance DatesCavalleria Rusticana 1954

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

13 Mar, 19.00 22 Mar, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

31 Mar, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

10 Apr, 19.30 10 Apr, 19.30

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