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Madam Butterfly 1949Carl Rosa Opera Company

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A review in the Scotsman (5 April) argued Laelia Finneberg, the Butterfly, was rather too old to represent a girl in her teens. She sang besutifully, though.

The full cast details are from a programme for 16 April in Aberdeen City Library.

In 1949, Carl Rosa Opera toured Scotland for seven weeks, giving seven performances each week; two weeks in Edinburgh, one Aberdeen, four Glasgow.  Nine different operas were performed. The programme included familiar works by Rossini (Barber); Verdi (Trovatore, Traviata); Puccini (Bohème, Tosca, Butterfly); Gounod (Faust) and Bizet (Carmen). There was one extremely enterprising novelty in the delightful form of The Kiss by Smetana, receiving its Scottish premiere.

w/c Mon 28 Mar Traviata; Tue Faust; Wed Bohème; Thu Carmen; Fri Barber; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Faust

w/c Mon 4 Apr Butterfly; Tue Kiss; Wed Carmen; Thu Bohème; Fri Faust; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Faust

w/c Mon 11 Apr Faust; Tue Bohème; Wed Barber; Thu Carmen; Fri Kiss; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c Mon 18 Apr Carmen; Tue Faust; wed Traviata; Thu Tosca; Fri Barber; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore

W/c Mon 25 Apr Faust; Tue Butterfly; Wed Kiss; Thu Bohème; Fri Carmen; Sat m Barber; Sat e Butterfly

W/c Mon 2 May Bohème; Tue Carmen; Wed Tosca; Thu Faust; Fri Traviata; Sat m Carmen; Sat e Barber.

W/c Mon 9 May Butterfly; Tue Trovatore; Wed Faust; Thu Carmen; Fri Kiss; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Traviata.

Performance Cast

Lieut. F B Pinkerton U S Navy

Ivan Dixon

John Myrddin (4 Apr)

Goro marriage broker

Luis Gomila

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Monica Sinclair

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Charles Miller

Hubert Dunkerley (4 April)

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Gita de la Fuente

Laelia Finneberg (4 April)

Imperial Commissioner

Bruce Clark

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

Ernest Thomas

Prince Yamadori

Ernest Thomas

Kate Pinkerton

Barbara Howitt

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1949

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

2 Apr, 14.30 4 Apr, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

16 Apr, 14.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

23 Apr, 14.00 26 Apr, 19.15 30 Apr, 19.15 9 May, 19.15

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