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Madam Butterfly 1919Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The senior management of the Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company during the spring tour was headed by two 'Controlling Directors', Mrs Carl Rosa, widow of the founder and Walter van Noorden, who had conducted them in earlier years. The Artistic Director was the experienced bass Arthur Winckworth, still active on stage, and the General Business Manager was Henry Barrett Brandreth. Conducting duties were divided between Henriquez de la Fuente and Herbert Ferrers. By the time of the winter season, a new General Manager was in place, Mr H B Phillips.

The repertoire for the two weeks in the north were:

Week commencing Monday 20 January (Aberdeen): Mon Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Tosca; Wed Tannhäuser; Thu Mignon; Fri Carmen; Sat mat Madam Butterfly; Sat eve Faust.

Week commencing Monday 27 January (Dundee): Mon Hoffmann; Tue Tannhäuser; Wed Faust; Thu Butterfly; Fri Mignon; Sat mat Hoffmann; Sat eve Trovatore. After Dundee, the company moved to Glasgow.

The week commencing 27 January was the last week of opera to be seen in Dundee  for several years. Her Majesty's, a beautiful, atmospheric, popular - and profitable - theatre since 1885, was about to be purchased by a London-based cinema company. This event caused widespread outrage, but was a fait accompli, never to be reversed.

The cast for Aberdeen (Saturday 25 January matinee) is from a programme in Aberdeen City Library. The Dundee performance was not reviewed in the Dundee Advertiser or Dundee Courier & Argus. Cast details, for the four main roles only, therefore are as in the Dundee Evening Telegraph & Post (in Dundee City Library).

Further tour dates to be added

Performance DatesMadam Butterfly 1919

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His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

25 Jan, 14.15

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

30 Jan, 19.15

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