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Norma 1855Mr Beale's Italian Opera Company

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This company gave six performances. At Glasgow's Theatre Royal in Dunlop Street, on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday, they presented Lucrezia Borgia, La sonnambula and Norma. They then decamped to the Edinburgh Theatre Royal, performing the same works in sequence over Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The only change in the programme is that in Glasgow the tensions generated by Norma were relieved by an afterpiece in the form of an act of Il barbiere di Siviglia. This seems to have been the original plan for Edinburgh, but when Mario was prevailed upon to appear in Norma, the afterpiece was changed to an act from Sonnambula. Musical entertainment between the acts was provided by a Hungarian virtuoso pianist, George Lichtenstein.

The conductor specified in the advertising for Glasgow was Mr Alfred Mellon, while Signor Li Calsi is named as the conductor in Edinburgh for Norma and the second act of Sonnambula.

The Glasgow Sentinel of Saturday 29 September records that 'A large turnout of the rank and fashion of the city' gathered on opening night. The undoubted stars of the company were the veteran husband and wife pairing of Grisi and Mario. While only in their mid-forties, their careers and been arduous and it was recognised that their voices were no longer fresh.

Performance Cast

Oroveso Archdruid, father of Norma

Signor Susini

Flavio a centurion

Signor Gabussi

Pollione Roman Pro-consul in Gaul

Giovanni Mario

Norma High Priestess of the druid temple

Giulia Grisi

Adalgisa a virgin of the temple

Madlle Sedlazek

Clotilde Norma's confidante

Madame Chierici

Production Cast

Conductor

Alfred Mellon (Sep 26)

Signor Li Calsi (Sep 29)

Performance DatesNorma 1855

Map List

Theatre Royal, Dunlop Street, Glasgow | Glasgow

26 Sep, 20.00

Theatre Royal, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

29 Sep, 20.00

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