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Nozze di Figaro 1927British National Opera Company

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It is likely that this performance would now seem very old-fashioned and heavy - not the fault of the thoroughly reliable conductor, but simply an acceptance of a musical style that significantly predates the recent changes in performance practice of the authenticity movement. However the cast does include several excellent singers. May Blyth and Percy Heming became notable teachers. Constance Willis repeated the role of Marcellina a few years later in the opening seasons at Glyndebourne, and can be heard on the recording made of that production. Dundee-born bass William Anderson was approaching the end of a notable career that went back to the turn of the century.

Cast details are from reviews of the 2 November performance in the Dundee Courier & Advertiser and Dundee Evening Telegraph & Post.

Performance Cast

Figaro the Count's valet

Herbert Langley

Susanna the Countess's maid

Kathlyn Hilliard

Bartolo a doctor, the Countess's former guardian

William Anderson

Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper

Constance Willis

Cherubino the Count's page

Doris Lemon

Count Almaviva

Percy Heming

Countess Almaviva

May Blyth

Antonio a gardener, Susanna's uncle

William Michael

Performance DatesNozze di Figaro 1927

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

30 Sep, 19.30 5 Oct, 14.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

14 Oct, 19.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

28 Oct, 19.30

King's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

2 Nov, 14.00

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