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Barbiere di Siviglia 1926Carl Rosa Opera Company

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This cast for 30 March is as reviewed in the following day's Dundee Courier and Argus, complete with the inauthentic casting of a soprano as Rosina, and a tenor also able to sing the heavier roles on the tour.

This seven week long Scottish tour, from 15 February to 3 April 1926, visited Edinburgh (two weeks), Glasgow (four) and Dundee (one). A highly unusual feature of the repertoire is the complete absence of operas by Wagner, still being given by the larger BNOC company that was also touring at this time. The Barber of Seville and La bohème, which would be a mainstay of the Carl Rosa company for the rest of its existence, now make a prominent appearance.

The Edinburgh schedule was:

First week (commencing 15 Feb): Mon Madam Butterfly, Tue Samson and Delilah, Wed Barber of Seville, Thu Faust, Fri Bohème, Sat mat Carmen, Sat eve Bohemian Girl.

Second week (commencing 22 Feb): Mon Cav & Pag, Tue Rigoletto, Wed Butterfly, Thu Maritana, Fri Trovatore, Sat mat Bohème, Sat eve Carmen.

Glasgow saw all of the above, plus a single performances of The Marriage of Figaro. A proposed performance of Fidelio on 26 March was replaced by a performance of Barber of Seville, according to the Glasgow Herald of 27 March. Dundee's programme was equally popular - Cav & Pag, Barber, Rigoletto, Bohemian Girl, Bohème, Butterfly and Maritana.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Leslie Jones (Mar 30)

Count Almaviva

Ben Williams (Mar 30)

Figaro a barber

Hubert Dunkerley (Mar 30)

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Jennie Bleasdale (Mar 30)

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Frederick Clendon (Mar 30)

Don Basilio a singing teacher

John Kelly (Mar 30)

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Adrienne Glynne (Mar 30)

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1926

Map List

Royal Northern College of Music | Manchester

17 Feb, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

17 Feb, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

2 Mar, 19.15 17 Mar, 19.15 26 Mar, 19.15

King's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

30 Mar, 19.15

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