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Trovatore 1948Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Scotsman's review (10 April) said that if the performance was not an unqualified success in respect of vocal beauty, "every one of the leading characters.... had some effective moments, and the main climaxes of dramatic passion and musical beauty in the third and fourth acts decided the success with a crowded and most appreciative audience." 

The full Trovatore cast is taken from a programme for 17 April in Aberdeen City Library. Ferrando had been the solo debut role for Harold Blackburn the previous year, and he continued to sing it all through his career, with performances for ENO at the Coliseum thirty years later.

The Carl Rosa 1948 tour involved two weeks in Edinburgh, then one in Aberdeen and four Glasgow; seven weeks of seven performances each week. The repertoire consisted of works by Rossini (Barber of Seville); Verdi (Trovatore, Traviata); Puccini (Bohème, Tosca, Butterfly) and Bizet (Carmen)

w/c Mon 29 Mar Carmen; Tue Traviata; Wed Tosca; Thu Butterfly; Fri Barber; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Carmen

w/c Mon 5 Apr Butterfly; Tue Carmen; Wed Bohème; Thu Barber; Fri Trovatore; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Traviata.

w/c Mon 12 Apr Tosca; Tue Bohème; Wed Traviata; Thu Butterfly; Fri Carmen; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c Mon 19 Apr Tosca; Tue Butterfly; Wed Traviata; Thu Carmen; Fri Barber; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Traviata.

w/c Mon 26 Apr Traviata; Tue Carmen; Wed Bohème; Thu Barber; Fri Tosca; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Traviata.

w/c Mon 3 May Butterfly; Tue Traviata; Wed Barber; Thu Tosca; Fri Traviata; Sat m Carmen; Sat e Barber.

w/c Mon 10 May Bohème; Tue Tosca; Wed Butterfly; Thu Carmen; Fri Barber; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Traviata.

Performance Cast

Ferrando captain of Di Luna's guard

Harold Blackburn

Inez confidante of Leonora

Maris Randall

Leonora a Duchess, lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon

Gita de la Fuente

Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon

Arthur Copley

Manrico a chieftain under the Prince of Biscay

John Myrddin

Azucena a Biscayan gypsy woman

Patricia Black

Ruiz a soldier in Manrico's service

José Caetano

Performance DatesTrovatore 1948

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

9 Apr, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

17 Apr, 19.30

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