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Madam Butterfly 1954Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The reviewer in the Glasgow Herald (15 Mar) said ""there are among the singers some with fine voices but there seem to be none whose words can always be heard or who give indication that acting means much to them. The indistinctiveness of the words may not have been wholly the fault of the singers as the orchestra was continually too loud, and the vocla lines were often submerged. this was aprticularly to be deplored as the orchestra did not play at all well. there were too many untidy passages and bad intonation, and the conductor, Maurits Sillem, secured no more overall co-operation than did Mr Hammond earlier in the week."

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. 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).

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 full 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 3 April matinee is from a programme in Aberdeen City Library.

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1954

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King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

13 Mar, 14.30 20 Mar, 19.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

3 Apr, 14.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

10 Apr, 14.30

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