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Madam Butterfly 1927British National Opera Company

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Each of the four cities on this Scottish tour saw a single performance of Butterfly. Sir John Barbirolli seems to have had an instinctive empathy with Puccini's music throughout his career. His recording of Butterfly, made in 1966 with Renata Scotto and Carlo Bergonzi, is still one of the best. Here he had a cast of the cream of contemporary British singers, including Heddle Nash, Dennis Noble and Gladys Parr. The title role was taken by Australian soprano Eda Bennie, a regular with Carl Rosa and BNOC, who had first worked in Britain with Moody-Manners before the war.

The cast shown is taken from reviews in the Dundee Evening Telegraph & Post and Dundee Courier & Advertiser.

Performance Cast

Lieut. F B Pinkerton U S Navy

Heddle Nash

Goro marriage broker

Frederick Davies

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Gladys Parr

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Dennis Noble

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Eda Bennie

Imperial Commissioner

Hugh Hill

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

Philip Bertram

Prince Yamadori

Martin Quinn

Kate Pinkerton

Marjorie Parry

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1927

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

1 Oct, 14.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

19 Oct, 14.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

29 Oct, 14.00

King's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

2 Nov, 19.30

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