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Queen of Sheba 1912Carl Rosa Opera Company

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It took almost forty years before there was a production of Queen of Sheba in Britain, and in spite of a high standard of performance, and a lavish staging with exotic costumes, it did not stay long. Having been launched at Manchester in 1910, the Carl Rosa production received only a handful of performances in Scotland beginning in 1911 and vanishing after 1913. The first and last visits were restricted to the central belt, but for 1912, the Carl Rosa company ventured further north for the first time in many years. The five performances the previous year must at least have been successful enough to encourage this second visit.

It was hardly surprising that this little known work should be performed on the Friday, giving the local players time to get to grips with it.

The schedule in Dundee for the week commencing 5 February was: Mon Mignon; Tue Faust; Wed Carmen; Thu Cav & Pag; Fri Queen of Sheba; Sat mat Tannhäuser; Sat eve Trovatore.

The casts are from a programme in Aberdeen City Library and as reported in reviews in the Dundee Advertiser and Dundee Courier & Argus.

The only English translation mentioned in Loewenberg's Annals of Opera is one prepared  by Cornell for Boston in 1888 - no translator is specified against Manchester, which generally indicates a previously existing one was used.

Performance Cast

King Solomon

Arthur Winckworth

Baal Hanan the palace overseer

Leslie Austin

Assad a courtier, and favourite of the King

Frank Christian

High Priest

Miller Reid

Sulamith the High Priest's daughter

Ina Hill

Queen of Sheba

Hélène Stylianides (Feb 2)

Marianne de Kleno (Feb 9)

Astaroth the Queen's slave

Dorothy Lawson-Taylor

Performance DatesQueen of Sheba 1912

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

2 Feb, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

9 Feb, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

16 Feb, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

13 Mar, 19.30

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