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Bohème 1917O'Mara Grand Opera Company

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The O'Mara company had already toured Scotland in the spring of 1917, though Bohème was not included on that schedule. The week's programme at Her Majesty's was: Mon Carmen; Tue Cav & Pag; Wed Maritana; Thu Faust; Fri Bohème; Sat mat Trovatore; Sat eve Bohemian Girl.

The fact that Bohème was scheduled for a Friday evening in both cities is indication that a good deal of orchestral rehearsal was required through the week for a piece not yet part of the standard repertoire. Trovatore (in Dundee) and Tannhäuser (in Glasgow) were familiar works any competent pit band could be expected to sight-read their way through the following afternoon without rehearsal - a fact equally true of Bo Girl that evening.

In his curtain speech in Dundee, Joseph O'Mara told the audience that it was not just the first performance of Bohème given in Dundee, but also the first performance of the work by the O'Mara company. Certainly, reviewers appear to have commented on the freshness of the performance, with no sense of routine in the lively dancing and horseplay of the students. The chorus in the café scene was also well received.

The cast for Glasgow is drawn from a programme in the Mitchell Library. The Dundee cast is as reviewed in both the Dundee Advertiser and Courier & Argus.

Performance Cast

Rodolfo a poet

Joseph O'Mara

Marcello a painter

Flintoff Moore

Colline a philosopher

Joseph Griffin

Schaunard a musician

George McDonald

Benoit the students' landlord

Mr Swift (Oct 12)

Jay Ryan (Nov 9)

Mimì a seamstress

Jean Gibson

Musetta a grisette

Alma Lowe (Oct 12)

Violet Parsons (Nov 9)

Alcindoro a wealthy follower of Musetta

Jay Ryan

Performance DatesBohème 1917

Map List

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

12 Oct, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

9 Nov, 19.15

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