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Faust 1952Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Carl Rosa tour in spring 1952 involved seven weeks in Scotland - one in Aberdeen, two in Edinburgh and four in Glasgow. It was notable for a new piece commissioned for the 1951 Festival of Britain, John Socman by George Lloyd. This was only shown in the central belt, however. 

The schedule was as follows:

Aberdeen (His Majesty's) - Week commencing 31 March: Mon Carmen, Tue Rigoletto, Wed Traviata, Thu Faust, Fri Barber, Sat mat Bohème, Sat eve Trovatore.

Edinburgh (King's) - Week commencing 7 April: Mon Flying Dutchman, Tue Bohème, Wed Barber, Thu Rigoletto, Fri John Socman, Sat mat Butterfly, Sar eve Faust.

Week commencing Monday 14 April: Mon Cav & Pag, Tue Traviata, Wed Trovatore, Thu Butterfly, Fri Tosca, Sat mat Bohème, Sat eve Carmen.

Glasgow (Theatre Royal) - Week commencing Monday 21 April: Mon Traviata, Tue Bohème, Wed Barber, Thu Dutchman, Fri Rigoletto, Sat mat Butterfly, Sat eve Faust.

Week commencing Monday 28 April: Mon Barber, Tue Hoffmann, Wed Butterfly, Thu Cav & Pag, Fri Carmen, Sat mat Bohème, Sat eve Trovatore.

Week commencing Monday 5 May: Mon Carmen, Tue Dutchman, Wed Rigoletto, Thu Faust, Fri John Socman, Sat mat Carmen, Sat eve Bohème.

Week commencing Monday 12 May: Mon Butterfly, Tue Tosca, Wed Hoffmann, Thu Trovatore, Fri Traviata, Sat mat Barber, Sat eve Cav & Pag.

Cast details are from a programme in Aberdeen City Library. For the Glasgow performance of Thursday 8 May, with identical performers, there is a programme in the Opera Scotland collection, which also includes the following evening's John Socman.

Performance Cast

Faust a learned doctor

Gwent Lewis

Méphistophélès the devil

Arthur Wallington

Valentin Marguerite's brother

Ronald Jackson

Wagner a student of Dr Faust

Richard Golding


Una Hale

Siébel a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite

Jean Carrol

Marthe a neighbour

Stella Phillips

Performance DatesFaust 1952

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

3 Apr, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

12 Apr, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

26 Apr, 19.15 8 May, 19.15

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