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Rigoletto 1946Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The 1946 Scottish tour by the Royal Carl Rosa lasted eight weeks, and started on Monday, 11 March, with two weeks in Edinburgh. This time there were eight performances each week, including matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. Rigoletto was not performed until the second week in Aberdeen. The playing order was:

Week commencing 11 March: Mon Tosca; Tue Tales of Hoffmann; Wed mat Cav & Pag; Wed eve Madam Butterfly; Thu Faust; Fri Bohème; Sat mat Hoffmann; Sat eve Butterfly.

Week commencing 18 March: Mon Trovatore; Tue Traviata; Wed mat Cav & Pag; Wed eve Butterfly; Thu Tosca; Fri Hoffmann; Sat mat Bohème; Sat eve Faust.

There followed, unusually, a two-week stay in Aberdeen, before the four week Glasgow season. The Aberdeen schedule was:

First week - commencing 25 March: Mon Madam Butterfly; Tue Tales of Hoffmann; Wed mat Cav & Pag; Wed eve Bohème; Thu Trovatore; Fri Faust; Sat mat Butterfly; Sat eve Tosca.

Second week - commencing 1 April: Mon Traviata; Tue Cav & Pag; Wed mat Faust; Wed eve Bohème; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Hoffmann; Sat mat Rigoletto; Sat eve Trovatore.

In Glasgow, all the operas received four performances, with the exception of Traviata (6), Butterfly (3), Hoffmann (2) and Trovatore (1).

Cast details for Rigoletto are from programmes for 4 April and 6 April matinee in Aberdeen City Library.

Performance Cast

Duke of Mantua

Robert Sydney

Matteo Borsa a courtier

Norman Brown

Marullo a courtier

Martin Quinn

Count Ceprano a courtier

James Stewart

Countess Ceprano

Celia Harris

Rigoletto a jester

Joseph Satariano

Count Monterone

Appleton Moore

Sparafucile a professional assassin

Norman Allin

Gilda Rigoletto's daughter

Gwen Catley

Giovanna Gilda's duenna

Betty Sagon

Page to the Duchess

Catherine Harding

Maddalena sister of Sparafucile

Ruth Abbott (Apr 4)

Patricia Black (Apr 6 m)

Performance DatesRigoletto 1946

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

4 Apr, 19.15 6 Apr, 14.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

17 Apr, 19.30 23 Apr, 19.30 1 May, 19.30 4 May, 19.30

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