Story: Rawlinson, Mary Bertha

Contralto Bertha Rawlinson (left) performing in Gian Carlo Menotti's opera, The medium

Contralto Bertha Rawlinson (left) performing in Gian Carlo Menotti's opera, The medium

In 1955 Bertha Rawlinson made an electrifying début for the New Zealand Opera Company as Madam Flora in The medium. She is seen here performing the whipping scene with John Norton (right) as Toby.

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How to cite this page:

Adrienne Simpson. 'Rawlinson, Mary Bertha', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2000. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/5r8/rawlinson-mary-bertha (accessed 29 November 2020)