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Rigoletto 1930Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Scotsman (16 April) stated "Last night's performance, which was directed by Arthur Hammond, had the characteristic Carl Rosa crispness and precision. Mr Hubert Dunkerley, as the Jester, gave a remarkably impressive rendering of the character, alike as as actor and singer.  The Duke and Gilda were two young newcomers, Mr Ivor John, a tenor of very decided promise, and Miss Mabel Baker, a charming soprano, the ease of whose work, considering the little experience which she has had so far, argues a great talent for opera...the opera was handsomely put upon the stage. As on the previous evening, there was occasion for admiring the lighting, which is always more than half the battle in scenic work. The colour in the last act was very rich and harmonious".

The 1930 season in Scotland consisted of three weeks in Glasgow at the Theatre Royal followed by one in Edinburgh at the Lyceum. the performances were as follows:-

First week Monday 24 March Trovatore; Tuesday Cav and Pag; Wednesday Flying Dutchman; Thursday Hansel and Gretel; Friday Messalina; Saturday matinee Butterfly and evening Faust.

Second week Monday 31 March Flying Dutchman;Tuesday Carmen; Wednesday Rhinegold; Thursday Tales of Hoffman; Friday Boheme; Saturday natinee Hansel and Gretel; Saturday evening Maritana.

Third week Monday 7 April Tannhauser; Tuesday Butterfly; Wednesday Siegfried; Thursday Cav and Pag; Friday Rigoletto; Saturday matinee Flying Dutchman; Saturday evening Carmen.

Fourth week Monday 14 April Butterfly; Tuesday Rigoletto; Wednesday Carmen; Thursday Faust; Friday Flying Dutchman; Saturday matinee Hansel and Gretel; Saturday evening Trovatore.

Performance Cast

Maddalena sister of Sparafucile

Irene Dobbyn

Sparafucile a professional assassin

Harry Metcalfe

Gilda Rigoletto's daughter

Mabel Baker

Duke of Mantua

Ivor John

Rigoletto a jester

Hubert Dunkerley

Production Cast


Arthur Hammond

Performance DatesRigoletto 1930

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 Apr, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

15 Apr, 19.30

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