La bohème in Scotland
La Bohème was first performed in Scotland (under the title The Bohemians) on 30 April 1897 at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.
Just eight days previously in Manchester, Carl Rosa Opera had given the first British performance watched by Puccini himself, as well as his publisher, Tito Ricordi. Their Glasgow soloists were identical. The conductor was Claude Jaquinot, and the cast was headed by a leading American soprano as Mimì. Alice Esty, having already sung at the Met, had now made her home in...
Posted 15 Apr 2017 | Comments
Duke Bluebeard's Castle in Scotland
Duke Bluebeard's Castle was first performed in Scotland on 30 January 1957 at the Lyric Theatre, Glasgow in a version of the score edited by Erik Chisholm for a chamber orchestra of fifteen players. This important Glaswegian musician had taken up an appointment as Dean, Professor and Principal at the College of Music, University of Cape Town in April 1946. He brought a group of his South African musicians to the UK, where they opened in London. Chisholm conducted and directed, with soloists...
Posted 3 Apr 2017 | Comments
Pelléas and Mélisande in Scotland
Pelléas et Mélisande was first produced in Scotland on 21 November 1913 at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh.
The performers were the Denhof Opera Company, a touring organization based in Edinburgh. This company was founded by the expatriate Austrian musician Dr Ernst Denhof, initially to give performances of Wagner’s Ring. Instrumental support came from the Scottish Orchestra, as the RSNO was then known.
The conductor was Hans Schilling-Ziemssen and Hermann Gura directed. The soloists, singing...
Posted 19 Feb 2017 | Comments
Enfant Prodigue in Scotland
The Prodigal Son (L'enfant prodigue) by Claude Debussy (pictured) received its first performance in Scotland on 2 December 1911, at the King's Theatre, Glasgow.
The performers were the Quinlan Opera Company, one of the important group of touring companies that operated without subsidy in the pre-war era. The previous evening they had presented the Scottish premiere of Puccini's latest piece, The Girl of the Golden West, while the two week Glasgow season also included performances of Wagner's...
Posted 8 Feb 2017 | Comments