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Madam Butterfly 1917O'Mara Grand Opera Company

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In spite of the difficulties experienced in wartime, the touring opera companies managed to keep going somehow. The O'Mara repertoire for the spring tour in 1917 (Scottish dates restricted to Aberdeen and Dundee) included two works by a living composer - inevitably Puccini, whose Madam Butterfly and Tosca had swiftly become hugely popular. Wagner was also represented by two works, the frequently performed Tannhäuser and the much more complex and unfamiliar Tristan and Isolde. These four were given in both cities. The other six works in the repertoire were divided, so Aberdonians saw Don Giovanni, Il trovatore and The Bohemian Girl, while Dundee had Faust, La traviata and The Lily of Killarney.

When the company returned in the autumn, Aberdeen was omitted, but the company visited Dundee and Edinburgh for one week each, before spending a fortnight in Glasgow. There was no Wagner at all (the irreplaceable tenor William Boland was not with the company this time). Dundee and Edinburgh both saw Cav & Pag, La bohème, Il trovatore and Faust. Dundee also got Carmen, Maritana and Bohemian Girl, while Edinburgh had Rigoletto, Butterfly and Tosca. Glasgow presumably saw all ten programmes (to be confirmed).

Cast details are taken from the Dundee Advertiser and Dundee Courier & Argus, for Tuesday 27 March.

Performance Cast

Lieut. F B Pinkerton U S Navy

Henry O'Dempsey

Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki

Albert Kirkman

Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant

Mabel Dennis

Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly

Florence Morden

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1917

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

19 Mar, 19.15

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

26 Mar, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

27 Oct, 14.00

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