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Barbiere di Siviglia 1955Carl Rosa Opera Company

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It may seem that the Carl Rosa company would have treated an old war-horse like The Barber as a matter of routine, especially when this short Scottish visit included Dundee for the first time in decades. Not so, however, for the company chose this season to experiment with the restoration of the role of Rosina to its original mezzo-soprano pitch - by no means standard practice at the time.

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.

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.

Performance Cast

Fiorello servant of the Count

Frederick Wood

Count Almaviva

William Aitken

Figaro a barber

John Heddle Nash

Rosina Bartolo's ward

Odette Ansell

Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian

Joseph Satariano

Ambrogio Bartolo's servant

Peter Murray

Don Basilio a singing teacher

Richard Golding

Berta Bartolo's housekeeper

Patricia Grimshaw


Frederick Wood

Production Cast


John Bell

Performance DatesBarbiere di Siviglia 1955

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

3 May, 19.30 14 May, 14.30

Gaumont Theatre | Dundee

25 May, 14.00 27 May, 19.00

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