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Madam Butterfly 1946Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Cast details for Butterfly are from a programme for the 30 March matinee in Aberdeen City Library.

The 1946 Scottish tour by the Royal Carl Rosa lasted eight weeks, and started on Monday, 11 March, with two weeks in Edinburgh, followed by two in Aberdeen then four in Glasgow. There were eight performances each week, including matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.  The playing order was:

Edinburgh w/c Mon 11 Mar Tosca; Tue Hoffmann; Wed m Cav and Pag; Wed e Butterfly; Thu Faust; Fri Bohème; Sat m Hoffmann Sat e Butterfly

Edinburgh w/c Mon 18 Mar Trovatore; Tue Traviata; Wed m Cav and Pag; Wed e Butterfly; Thu Faust; Fri Bohème; Sat m Hoffmann; Sat e Butterfly

Aberdeen w/c Mon 25 Mar Butterfly; Tue Hoffmann; Wed m Cav and Pag Wed e Bohème; Thu Trovatore; Fri Faust; Sat Butterfly; Sat e Tosca

Aberdeen w/c Mon 1 Apr Traviata; Tue Cav and Pag; Wed m Faust; Wed pm Bohème; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Hoffmann; Sat Rigoletto; Sat Trovatore.

Glasgow w/c Mon 8 Apr Traviata; Tue Tosca; Wed m Cav and Pag; Wed Bohème; Thu Hoffmann; Fri Butterfly; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Traviata

Glasgow w/c Mon 15 Apr Cav and Pag; Tue Traviata; Wed m Hoffmann; Wed e Rigoletto; Thu Faust; Fri Tosca; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Cav and Pag

Glasgow w/c Mon 22 Apr Faust; Tue Rigoletto; Wed m Traviata; Wed e Trovatore; Thu Tosca; Fri Cav and Pag; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Faust.

Glasgow w/c Mon 29 Apr Tosca; Tue Traviata; Wed m Butterfly; Wed e Rigoletto; Thu Bohème; Fri Traviata; Sat m Faust; Sat e Rigoletto

In Glasgow, all the operas received four performances, with the exception of Traviata (6), Butterfly (3), Hoffmann (2) and Trovatore (1).  Cav and Pag and eight other operas were given – Faust, Hoffmann, three Verdi, three Puccini.

Performance Cast

Lieut. F B Pinkerton U S Navy

Robert Sydney

Goro marriage broker

Robert Scott

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Patricia Black

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

George Hancock

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Helen Ogilvie

Imperial Commissioner

Martin Quinn

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

Werner Simon

Prince Yamadori

Martin Quinn

Kate Pinkerton

Betty Sagon

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1946

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

13 Mar, 19.30 16 Mar, 19.30 20 Mar, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

25 Mar, 19.15 30 Mar, 14.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

12 Apr, 19.30 20 Apr, 14.30 1 May, 14.30

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