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Mefistofele 1913Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The 1912-13 season seems to be the only year that Mefistofele was performed by the Carl Rosa organisation after its first attempt back in 1884. It opened on 7 September 1912 during a visit to one of London's many provincial theatres, the Marlborough at Holloway. The opera was performed several times at Covent Garden in the early part of the century. The only British professional company to have staged it since the war is Welsh National, in 1957, though Glasgow Grand gave ir a whirl, with some success, in 1951.

One wonders why on this tour Boito's enjoyable masterpiece should only be seen in Aberdeen and Dundee, but then the central belt cities were treated to equally rare works by Goldmark and Wolf-Ferrari.  Cast details are taken from the review in the Dundee Advertiser.

This late winter Scottish season conisisted of seven weeks, each with seven performances. After a week in Aberdeen (w/c 20 Jan) then one in Dundee (w/c 27Jan), there followed three in Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre (commencing 3 Feb, 10 Feb, 17 Feb) and two in Glasgow’s Theatre Royal (w/c 24 Feb; 3 Mar).

The schedule was:

Aberdeen, w/c 20 Jan: Mon Carmen; Tue Lohengrin; Wed Trovatore; Thu Mefistofele; Fri Magic Flute; Sat m Tannhäuser; Sat e Mignon.

Dundee, w/c 27 Jan: Mon Tannhäuser; Tue Magic Flute; Wed Mignon; Thu Trovatore; Fri Mefistofele; Sat m Carmen; Sat e Bohemian Girl.

Edinburgh, w/c 3 Feb: Mon Tannhäuser; Tue Mignon; Wed Magic Flute; Thu Trovatore; Fri Lohengrin; Sat m Faust; Sat e Bohemian Girl.

Edinburgh, w/c 10 Feb: Mon Magic Flute; Tue Queen of Sheba; Wed Carmen; Thu Maritana; Fri Magic Flute; Sat m Mignon; Sat e Lily of Killarney.

Edinburgh, w/c 17 Feb: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Don Giovanni; Wed Faust; Thu Jewels of the Madonna; Fri Tannhäuser; Sat m Jewels of the Madonna; Sat e Trovatore.

Glasgow, w/c 24 Feb: Mon Magic Flute; Tue Mignon; Wed Trovatore; Thu Cav & Pag; Fri Jewels of the Madonna; Sat m Tannhäuser; Sat e Faust.

Glasgow, w/c 3 Mar: Mon Lohengrin; Tue Jewels of the Madonna; Wed Magic Flute; Thu Mignon; Fri Carmen; Sat m Jewels of the Madonna; Sat e Magic Flute.

Performance Cast

Mefistofele the devil

Arthur Winckworth

Faust a learned doctor

William Wegener


Ina Hill

Marta Margherita's neighbour

Phyllis Archibald

Elena Helen of Troy

Ina Hill

Pantalis Helen's companion

Phyllis Archibald

Performance DatesMefistofele 1913

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

23 Jan, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

31 Jan, 19.15

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