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Barbiere di Siviglia 1954Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Cast details taken from a short review in the Glasgow Herald (11 March).

The reviewer was disappointed, saying the Barber, is "a medley of wit and humour, of sparkling melody, and farcical situations. At least, that is what one expects from the Barber.  Alas!  These were the qualities lacking most of the time, although the proceedings did mellow slightly with the advent of Almaviva as a tipsy soldier."

"Vocally, Gwent Lewis and Pauline Allen were always presentable as Count Almaviva and Rosina, but Redvers Llewellyn, despite his fine feathers and his fine voice, never quite got inside Figaro. The charcter studies of Stanislav Pieczora and Joseph Satariano as Don Basilio and Doctor Bartolo were on a different level, however, the latter in particular being pleasingly rich and deserving a good deal of commendation.

Maurits Sillem conducted the orchestra which, decidedly scrappy at times, again seemed determined to swamp the stage, in which endeavour, at least, it was markedly successful. There is still a good deal of promise about this company, but so far it has hardly been realised."

Carl Rosa Opera's six-week 1954 Scottish tour began on 8 March with a three week stay in Glasgow, always one of its favourite dates. This was followed by a week in Aberdeen (the last visit by the company), from 29 March, and two in Edinburgh from 5 April

The tour schedule was as follows:-

Glasgow w/c 8 Mar: Mon Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Bohème; Wed Barber of Seville; Thu Traviata; Fri Carmen; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Cav & Pag.

Glasgow w/c 15 Mar: Mon Rigoletto; Tue Tales of Hoffmann; WEd Bohème; Thu Barber of Seville; Fri Traviata; Sat m Carmen; Sat e Butterfly.

Glasgow w/c 22 Mar: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Traviata; Wed Tales of Hoffmann; Thu Tannhäuser; Fri Faust; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Carmen.

Aberdeen w/c 29 Mar 7.30: Mon Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Carmen; Wed Cav & Pag; Thu Faust; Fri 7.00 Tannhäuser; Sat m 2,30 Butterfly; Sat e Trovatore.

Edinburgh w/c 5 Apr 7.30: Mon Traviata; Tue Bohème; Wed Traviata; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Tannhäuser; Sat m 2.30 Butterfly; Sat e Cav & Pag.

Edinburgh w/c 12 Apr: Mon Carmen; Tue Faust; Wed Trovatore; Thu Tales of Hoffmann; Fri Cav & Pag; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Traviata.

Performance Cast

Count Almaviva

Gwent Lewis

Figaro a barber

Redvers Llewellyn

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Pauline Allen

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Joseph Satariano

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Stanislav Pieczora

Production Cast


Maurits Sillem

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1954

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

10 Mar, 19.00 18 Mar, 19.00

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