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Barbiere di Siviglia 1927British National Opera Company

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Rossini really wasn't anything like as popular in the early years of the twentieth century as he has since become. So it is perhaps surprising that Scottish audiences on this six-week tour saw the Barber five times, with two of them in Edinburgh. The first four performances took place on a Monday, including the opening night in Glasgow. In Dundee, for some reason, it was played on Tuesday - that week began with a bang, in the shape of The Mastersingers.

The Glasgow cast for 5 October comes from a programme in the A M Gardiner collection at the Mitchell Library. The assembly for Dundee is derived from reviews in the Dundee Evening Telegraph & Post and Dundee Courier & Advertiser, as well as advertisements. The Edinburgh cast for 17 October is from a programme in the Edinburgh Room of Edinburgh City Library.

All three Rosinas were lyric sopranos with an excellent coloratura technique, and expert performers of Mozart. However they are not the mezzo for whom Rossini composed the part - it was still some years before the great Spanish mezzo Conchita Supervia would demonstrate how the work should sound.

John Barbirolli, Heddle Nash, Dennis Noble and the rest of an expert cast would have helped show how the piece should go.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Bernard Ross

Count Almaviva

Heddle Nash

Figaro a barber

Dennis Noble

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Miriam Licette (Oct 5)

Marguerite Anderson (Oct 17)

Noël Eadie (Nov 1)

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Percy Heming

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Robert Radford (Oct 5, 17)

Herbert Langley (Nov 1)

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Gladys Parr


Philip Bertram (Oct 5)

Bernard Ross (Oct 17; Nov 1)


Eric Graie

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1927

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

26 Sep, 19.30 5 Oct, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

10 Oct, 19.15 17 Oct, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

24 Oct, 19.30

King's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

1 Nov, 19.30

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