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Traviata 1946Carl Rosa Opera Company

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As yet, no programmes have been located for Traviata on this tour. However, the Scotsman review (20 March) identifies principals and adds some colour.

"Joan Hammond sang the exacting role of Violetta, and was at all times pleasing - sometimes quite magnificent."

"Robert Sydney's Alfred was on the light side vocally to match Miss Hammond, or indeed to fill the part at all as we are accustomed to hear it. But his lightness had visual advantages, and once his flexible tenor voice, as it were, been focussed in relation to his surroundings, the effect was far from unpleasant. There was obviously a good deal of skill in his handling of the part.

Otakar Kraus, saddled with what must be one of the most thankless parts in all opera, Alfred's Father, made an outstanding success of  it. The smaller parts were also capably filled, and Vilem Tausky conducted with skill and precision."

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

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

Otakar Kraus

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

Robert Sydney

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Joan Hammond

Performance DatesTraviata 1946

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

1 Apr, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

8 Apr, 19.30 13 Apr, 19.30 16 Apr, 19.30 24 Apr, 14.30 30 Apr, 19.30 3 May, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

19 Mar, 19.30

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