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Barbiere di Siviglia 1956Carl Rosa Opera Company

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A short review is given in the Glasgow Herald (12 May).

"In the past the Barber of Seville has not always been one of the Carl Rosa's strongest cards. At the Theatre Royal, Glasgow last night, however, they played Rossini's opera in a manner which must surely rank it high among the productions of their present season.

The pace was constantly brisk, and the ability was there to make the most of Rossini's effervescent score and draw an abundance of humour from one ridiculous situation after another. 

John Heddle Nash made an excellent Figaro, lively and full of guile, and brought off his 'factotum' song in splendid fashion.  Glenice Halliday, a mezzo-soprano as Rossini would have wished, and William Aitken gave a good account of the highly ornamental songs set for Rosina and Count Almaviva, and the comedy of Joseph Satariano (Dr Bartolo) and Stanislav Pieczora was first rate.

The orchestra, under Arthur Hammond, helped to add sparkle to this delightful entertainment."

When the Carl Rosa company closed, several of its singers transferred to the Sadler's Wells organisation, including this Count and Figaro. The conductor, Anthony Addison, is best remembered for his contribution to music for the cinema. Carl Rosa management continued to the end to innovate, and with The Barber of Seville, popular old war-horse that it was, they were among the earliest companies to restore the part of Rosina to its original mezzo pitch.

Cast details for Dundee

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Frederick Wood

Count Almaviva

William Aitken

Figaro a barber

John Heddle Nash

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Glenice Halliday

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Joseph Satariano

Ambrogio Bartolo's servant

Edwin Jepps

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Donald Campbell

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Lydia Conway


Frederick Wood

Production Cast


Anthony Addison

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1956

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 May, 19.15 17 May, 19.15

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

23 Oct, 19.00

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