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Nozze di Figaro 1914Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The reviewer in the Edinburgh Evening News (25 February) says musicians hold Don Giovanni  as his greatest musico-dramatic achievement.

"The performance last night ws somewhat stronger on the histrionic than on the vocal side, although most of the artistes acquitted themselves very creditably throughout. The part of Figaro, undertaken for the first time by Mr Frank Clarke, was a most praiseworthy performance, while the Count Almaviva by Arthur Winckworth was in every respect excellent. Of the three great women's parts, the Countess, Susanna and Cherubino, Mesdames Ina Hill, Elizabeth Burgess and Doris Woodall were satisfactory exponents, the Countess, by Ina Hill, being especially fine vocally. Doris Woodall was, of course, charming as the love-lorn page Cherubino, and Elizabeth Burgess had her opportunity to gain the favour of the public by her beautiful rendering of the famous Garden Air.  The fine old airs lose much of their flavour by translation into English, therefore it is the more regrettable that the words of these were in some cases indistinct. The humourous by-play, on the other hand, was most enoyable, being broad enough and yet subtle.  There was a large attendance."

The Scotsman critic (25 February) argued the production was supreme. "It was a welcome sign of encouragement  that this imperishable opera, upon the preparation and rehearsal of which it is common report that Mr Van Noorden has bestowed special effort, drew forth as large an audience as any performance as last week. It established a new tradition. There was nothing perfunctory in the production. The dressing ans scnario were excellent; the orchestra was kept down to the Mozart standard; and the principals, whether in their solos or their concerted music , were all attuned to a really fine representation of Mozart's great achievement in opera comique."

Performance Cast

Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper

Jean Douglas-Wilson

Barbarina daugher of Antonio

Dorothy Lawson-Taylor

Cherubino the Count's page

Doris Woodall

Susanna the Countess's maid

Elizabeth Burgess

Countess Almaviva

Ina Hill

Count Almaviva

Arthur Winckworth

Figaro the Count's valet

Frank Clarke

Production Cast


Walter van Noorden

Performance DatesNozze di Figaro 1914

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

24 Feb, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

10 Mar, 19.15

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