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Bohemian Girl The Bohemian Girl

Tours by decade

1860s - 1 tour

1869 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1870s - 4 tours

1870 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1874 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1877 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1879 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1880s - 12 tours

1880 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1881 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1882 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1883 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1884 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1885 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1886 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1887 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1887 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1888 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1889 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1889 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1890s - 18 tours

1890 - Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1890 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1891 - Carl Rosa Carmen Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1891 - Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1891 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1891 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1892 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1893 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1893 - Burns-Crotty Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1894 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1895 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1896 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1897 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1898 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1898 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1899 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1899 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1899 - Robert Cunningham Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1900s - 7 tours

1902 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1905 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1906 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1908 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1908 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1909 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1909 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1910s - 11 tours

1911 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1911 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1913 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1915 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1915 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1916 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1917 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1917 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1918 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1918 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1920s - 9 tours

1920 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1920 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1921 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1922 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1923 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1924 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1926 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1927 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1928 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

Tours by location

Scotland, UK - 114 entries

1869 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Aberdeen
1870 - Corri's Grand English Opera Company
Dundee
1874 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1877 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1877 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1877 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1877 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1879 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1879 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1879 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1880 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1880 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1881 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1881 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1882 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1882 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1882 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1883 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1883 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1884 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1884 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1885 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1885 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1886 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1886 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1887 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Aberdeen
1887 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Dundee
1887 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Glasgow
1887 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1887 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1888 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1888 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1889 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1889 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Dundee
1889 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1890 - Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company
Aberdeen
1890 - Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company
Glasgow
1890 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1890 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1891 - Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company
Dundee
1891 - Carl Rosa Carmen Company
Glasgow
1891 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1891 - Carl Rosa Carmen Company
Edinburgh
1891 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Dundee
1891 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1892 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1892 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1893 - Burns-Crotty Opera
Dundee
1893 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1893 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1894 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1894 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1895 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1895 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1896 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1897 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1897 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1898 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Dundee
1898 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1909 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1899 - Robert Cunningham Opera Company
Glasgow
1899 - Robert Cunningham Opera Company
Aberdeen
1899 - Robert Cunningham Opera Company
Dundee
1899 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Dundee
1899 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Govan
1902 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Govan
1902 - J W Turner's English Opera Company
Dundee
1905 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Edinburgh
1905 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Glasgow
1906 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Greenock
1906 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1908 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Edinburgh
1908 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Glasgow
1908 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Aberdeen
1908 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1908 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Dundee
1908 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Greenock
1908 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1909 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Edinburgh
1909 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Glasgow
1911 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1909 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1911 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Aberdeen
1911 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1913 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1913 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1915 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1915 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Dundee
1916 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1916 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1917 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1917 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Dundee
1918 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1918 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Dundee
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1920 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1920 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1920 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Aberdeen
1921 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1921 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1922 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1922 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1923 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1923 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1923 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1924 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1924 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1926 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1926 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1926 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1927 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1928 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1928 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Dundee
1928 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow

Music

Michael William Balfe (born Dublin, 15 May 1808; died Rowney Abbey, Herts., 20 October 1870).

Text

Alfred Bunn

Source

Ballet The Gypsy (1839) by Vernoy de St Georges and Mazillier, derived from Cervantes' novel La gitanilla (1614).

 

Premières

First performance: London (Drury Lane), 27 November 1843.

First performance in Scotland: To be confirmed.

Scottish Opera première: N/A.

 

Background

The Bohemian Girl achieved immediate success and remained one of the most popular operas in the repertoire for nearly a century. With the exception of a series of performances conducted by Beecham at Covent Garden to mark the Festival of Britain in 1951, it has been neglected since the thirties. Balfe was a very successful baritone with a thriving career in major European opera houses, and while continuing to sing he began to concentrate on composing, The Siege of Rochelle having a great success in 1838. He now met with even greater success, with new operas opening at London, Milan and Paris. He was less successful as a manager, and periods working abroad sometimes followed the failure of commercial ventures at home. During his last years, he composed works on a grander scale

 

Main Characters

Arline, Count Arnheim’s daughter (soprano)

Thaddeus, a proscribed Pole (tenor)

Count Arnheim, Governor of Pressburg (baritone)

Queen of the Gipsies (mezzo-soprano)

Devilshoof, a gipsy chief (bass)

Florestein, nephew of the Count (tenor)

 

Plot Summary

Count Arnheim dotes on his six-year-old daughter, Arline. They leave his park to join in with the local hunt. Thaddeus, a Polish fugitive enters, seeking refuge. A group of gipsies, led by Devilshoof, disguises him and protects him from the pursuing Austrian troops. Florestein brings news that Arline has been attacked by a stag, and Thaddeus rushes to her rescue. The grateful Count invites him to join the feast, but when invited to toast the Emperor’s health, Thaddeus reveals his republican sympathies. While Arnheim continues to protect him, he has Devilshoof, another republican, arrested. Devilshoof escapes and in his flight succeeds in abducting Arline. Twelve years pass, which Arline has spent with the gipsies under the protection of Thaddeus. They now love one another. She only has vague memories of her early life, and thinks they are dreams. Florestein gets drunk and is robbed of a medallion by the gipsies. The queen, who also loves Thaddeus, and is therefore jealous of Arline, presents the medallion to her, so that when she is telling fortunes at a fair, Florestein sees it and has her arrested. At her trial, Arnheim condemns her to death, but by chance sees the scar on her arm, inflicted by the deer, and thus recognises his daughter. At the ensuing celebrations, Arline hides Thaddeus and Devilshoof in the castle. The queen reveals their hiding place to the Count, who is outraged. But Arline defends Thaddeus, who reveals that he is not a gipsy, but an officer and gentleman. The Count agrees to their marriage. The furious queen now attempts to kill Thaddeus, but Devilshoof deflects the bullet so the queen is herself killed.

The Cast

Arline
 Arnheim's daughter
Buda
 Arline's nurse
Captain
 
Count Arnheim
 Governor of Pressburg
Devilshoof
 leader of the gypsies
Florestein
 nephew of the Count
Queen of the Gypsies
 
Thaddeus
 a proscribed Pole

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