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Rigoletto 1938Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Edinburgh performance was reviewed in the Scotsman (29 March). "Last night Hubert Dunkerley gave a powerful impersonation of the Jester, an object of hatred to the victims of his brutal humour, but with one streak of tenderness in his composition, his tenderness towards his daughter. The role is one that calls for a good actor and a dramatic singer. Mr Dunkerley created a great impression in both respects. The Gilda of Luella Paikin was an effective foil to the half-crazed jester.'

South African prima donna Rose Alper took over the role of Gilda for the Glasgow performance.

Carl Rosa Opera's Scottish visit in 1938 consisted of one week in Edinburgh, followed by two weeks in Glasgow.

Edinburgh w/c Mar 28: Mon Rigoletto; Tue Fledermaus; Wed Tannhäuser; Thu Bohème; Fri Gipsy Baron; Sat m Faust, Sat e Carmen.

Glasgow w/c Apr 4: Mon Rigoletto; Tue Butterfly; Wed Fledermaus; Thu Tannhäuser; Fri Gipsy Baron; Sat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Carmen.

Glasgow w/c 11 Apr: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Barber of Seville; Wed Trovatore; Thu Gipsy Baron; Fri Traviata; Sat m Fledermaus; Sat e Bohème.

Performance Cast

Duke of Mantua

John Torney

Rigoletto a jester

Hubert Dunkerley

Count Monterone

Philip Bertram

Sparafucile a professional assassin

Howell Glynne

Gilda Rigoletto's daughter

Luella Paikin (Mar 28)

Rose Alper (Apr 4)

Maddalena sister of Sparafucile

Betty Thompson

Performance DatesRigoletto 1938

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

28 Mar, 19.45

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

4 Apr, 19.45

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