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Rigoletto 1955Carl Rosa Opera Company

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During his years with the Carl Rosa company, Charles Craig sang countless performances of leading roles such as Duke of Mantua, Rodolfo and Faust. He found this period an excellent training ground from which to advance towards his long international career.

The Polish bass Stanislav Pieczora was over six feet tall and slim, therefore natural casting for villains. He spent time working as a doctor before he switched to singing. Like Craig, he moved to Sadler's Wells following the demise of the Carl Rosa company. 

Gwen Catley was a popular musical personality on radio, and she made many recordings. She appeared as a guest artist with Carl Rosa, singing the role of Gilda, largely because of the reputation she gained singing "Caro Nome" twice nightly for two years during the war in London's variety theatres.

Unlike the newly re-introduced Dundee venue, the Glasgow Theatre Royal was a regular feature of Carl Rosa tours. Works shown only in Glasgow were Don Giovanni, Carmen, The Tales of Hoffmann and Tannhäuser. Both cities saw Bohème, Barber of Seville, Cav & Pag, Rigoletto, Trovatore and Faust.

Tour schedule

The schedule was:

Glasgow (1) - week commencing 2 May: Mon Bohème; Tue Barber of Seville; Wed Cav & Pag; Thu Faust; Fri Tannhäuser; Sat mat Bohème; Sat eve Carmen.

Glasgow (2) - week commencing 9 May: Mon Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Rigoletto; Wed Bohème; Thu Cav & Pag; Fri Don Giovanni; Sat mat Barber of Seville; Sat eve Trovatore.

The intervening week, commencing Monday, 16 May, was spent at the Globe Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees.

Dundee - week commencing 23 May: Mon Bohème; Tue Rigoletto; Wed mat Barber of Seville; Wed eve Cav & Pag; Thu Faust; Fri Barber of Seville; Sat mat Bohème; Sat eve Trovatore.

Sources

Cast details for the Dundee performance are taken from a programme held in the OperaScotland archive.

Performance DatesRigoletto 1955

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

10 May, 19.30

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

24 May, 19.00

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