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Booth Hitchen Suggest updates

Born Manchester.

English baritone.

The spelling of the surname sometimes appears, especially in press reports, as Hitchin.

A brief news item in the Dundee Evening Telegraph of Thursday, 7 September, announces that 'Mr Booth Hitchen, one of the principals of the Carl Rosa Opera Company, attributes his vocal powers to his athletic career.

''I have always been an athlete,'' he said. ''I was a professional footballer when 19 years of age in a Manchester League club.''

'Mr Hitchen added with a smile that although he captained a championship team when in Canada he did not make as much money as a professional footballer as he does as an opera star.' 

Roles in Scotland

Fritz Kothner a baker
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1921
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1922
Heerufer Royal Herald
Lohengrin 1921
Dr Miracle a doctor
Tales of Hoffmann 1921
Tales of Hoffmann 1923
Dapertutto a sorcerer
Tales of Hoffmann 1921
Tales of Hoffmann 1923
Biterolf a knight and minnesinger
Tannhäuser 1921
Valentin Marguerite's brother
Faust 1921
Faust 1922
Faust 1923
Alfio the village carter
Cavalleria Rusticana 1921
Cavalleria Rusticana 1922
Cavalleria Rusticana 1923
Silvio a villager
Pagliacci 1921
Pagliacci 1922
Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon
Trovatore 1921
Trovatore 1922
Trovatore 1923
Trovatore 1924
Escamillo a toreador
Carmen 1922
Carmen 1923
Rigoletto a jester
Rigoletto 1922
Rigoletto 1923
High Priest of Dagon
Samson and Delilah 1922
Samson and Delilah 1923
Count Arnheim Governor of Pressburg
Bohemian Girl 1922
Bohemian Girl 1923
Friedrich von Telramund Count of Brabant
Lohengrin 1922
Lohengrin 1923
Lohengrin 1924
Anckarström friend to the king (Renato)
Masked Ball 1923
Masked Ball 1924
Danny Mann a boatman, devoted to Hardress
Lily of Killarney 1923
Coppélius a scientist, Spalanzani's rival
Tales of Hoffmann 1923
Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki
Madam Butterfly 1923
Madam Butterfly 1924
Amonasro King of Ethiopia and father of Aïda
Aïda 1923
Aïda 1924
Hans Sachs a shoemaker
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1923
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1924
Tonio a player
Pagliacci 1924
Count Almaviva
Nozze di Figaro 1924
Turiddu a young soldier
Cavalleria Rusticana 1925
Wotan father of the Valkyries and Volsungs
Valkyrie 1928
Kurwenal Tristan's squire
Tristan und Isolde 1937
Bartolo a doctor, Rosina's guardian
Barbiere di Siviglia 1944

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