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Madam Butterfly 1924British National Opera Company

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Madam Butterfly receives two performances on this tour, a Wednesday matinee in Edinburgh (to attract a decent crowd to this normally empty performance),  and a Saturday one in Glasgow - coincidentally both on the 29th of the month.

 

An Edinburgh Notice

The Scotsman of Thursday, 30 October (p6) understandably devotes most of its column on the previous day's operatic events to the evening performance, the Scottish premiere of the new opera by Vaughan Williams, Hugh the Drover.  The matinee of Butterfly just gets a brief mention:

'At the matinee there was a fine performance of Madame Butterfly, with a more or less familiar cast - Miss Isabel Rhys-Parker as Butterfly,  Miss Constance Willis as Suzuki,  Mr Browning Mummery as Pinkerton,  Mr Andrew Shanks as the Consul,  Mr Sydney Russell as Goro,  Mr Raymond Ellis as Yamadori,  Mr Philip Bertram as the Bonze, and Miss May Blyth as Kate Pinkerton.'

No conductor is mentioned.

 

BNOC's 1924 Scottish tour

The BNOC tour of Scotland in 1924 lasted five weeks - two in Edinburgh (King's) then three in Glasgow (Theatre Royal).

Amazingly, four operas by British composers were toured, as well as four French, though only one by Verdi.  As usual, Wagner and Puccini seem to enjoy undying popularity.  One Russian piece also puts in an appearance.

A total of 19 works were performed:

Mozart (Marriage of Figaro,  Magic Flute);   Wagner (Tannhäuser,  MastersingersSiegfried);  Verdi (Aïda);  Gounod (Faust);  Offenbach (Tales of Hoffmann);  Bizet (Carmen);  Rimsky-Korsakov (Golden Cockerel);  Leoncavallo (Pagliacci);   Puccini (BohèmeMadam ButterflyGianni Schicchi);  Debussy (Pelléas and Mélisande);  Mackenzie (Eve of St John);  Vaughan Williams (Hugh the Drover);  Holst (Perfect Fool);  Boughton (Alkestis).

Mozart (Marriage of Figaro,  Magic Flute);   Wagner (Tannhäuser,  MastersingersSiegfried);  Verdi (Aïda);  Gounod (Faust);  Offenbach (Tales of Hoffmann);  Bizet (Carmen);  Rimsky-Korsakov (Golden Cockerel);  Leoncavallo (Pagliacci);   Puccini (BohèmeMadam ButterflyGianni Schicchi);  Debussy (Pelléas and Mélisande);  Mackenzie (Eve of St John);  Vaughan Williams (Hugh the Drover);  Holst (Perfect Fool);  Boughton (Alkestis).

The performance schedule is as follows:

Edinburgh,  w/c 27 October:  Mon 27 Marriage of Figaro;  Tue 28 Carmen;  Wed 29 mat Madam Butterfly;  Wed 29 eve Hugh the Drover:  Thu 30 Perfect Fool & Gianni Schicchi;  Fri 31 Siegfried;  Sat 01 mat  Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 01 eve Tales of Hoffmann.

Edinburgh, w/c 3 November:  Mon 03 Golden Cockerel;  Tue 04 Pelléas et Mélisande;  Wed 05 mat  Magic Flute;  Wed 05 eve Tannhäuser;  Thu 06 Mastersingers;  Fri 07 Alkestis;  Sat 08 mat  Hugh the Drover;  Sat 08 eve  Aïda.

Glasgow, w/c 10 November:  Mon 10 Carmen;  Tue 11 Mastersingers;  Wed 12 mat Alkestis;  Wed 12 eve  Tales of Hoffmann;  Thu 13 Magic Flute;  Fri 14  Golden Cockerel;  Sat 15 mat Aïda;  Sat 15 eve Marriage of Figaro.

Glasgow, w/c 17 November:  Mon 17 Tales of Hoffmann;  Tue 18 Bohème;  Wed 19 mat  Magic Flute;  Med 19 eve  Aïda;  Thu 20 Eve of St John & Perfect Fool;  Fri 21 Hugh the Drover;  Sat 22 mat Gianni Schicchi  Pagliacci;  Sat 22 eve Tannhäuser.

Glasgow, w/c 24 November:  Mon 24 Marriage of Figaro;  Tue 25  Faust;  Wed 26 mat Golden Cockerel;  Wed 26 eve Magic Flute;  Thu 27 Hugh the Drover;  Fri 28  Carmen;  Sat 29 mat Madam Butterfly;  Sat 29 eve Mastersingers.

Performance Cast

Lieutenant F B Pinkerton U S Navy

Browning Mummery (Oct 29 m)

Goro marriage broker

Sydney Russell (Oct 29 m)

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Constance Willis (Oct 29 m)

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Andrew Shanks (Oct 29 m)

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Isabel Rhys Parker (Oct 29 m)

Bonze a priest, Cio-Cio-San's uncle

Philip Bertram (Oct 29 m)

Prince Yamadori

Raymond Ellis (Oct 29 m)

Kate Pinkerton

May Blyth (Oct 29 m)

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1924

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

29 Oct, 14.00

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

29 Nov, 14.00

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