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Carmen 1891Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The company's first choice Carmen, Zélie de Lussan, sang in Glasgow and was announced for the Saturday matinée in Edinburgh, but being unable to sing, was replaced by a cover. When newspapers went to press the name of the replacement was not known, and no critics attended the performance. However Louise Lablache sang the following Wednesday, and had already appeared in Les Huguemots, so it is likely that she would have given the performance. The company was certainly fortunate to have two such notable tenors available for Don José - Lely had sung it with the Carl Rosa Carmen Company and Marie Roze in the spring, and had first worked with the conductor over a decade earlier, touring with Emily Soldene. This season also marked the arrival of a young American soprano, Alice Esty, who was based in Britain from now on.

Performance Cast

Micaëla a peasant girl

Alice Esty (Nov 9; Dec 2)

Miss M Ormerod (Nov 28)

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Durward Lely (Nov 9)

Jean Dimitresco

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Lempriere Pringle

Carmen a gypsy

Zélie de Lussan (Nov 9)

Louise Lablache

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Annie Cook (Nov 9, 28)

Annette Laubach (Dec 2)

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Miss M Ormerod (Nov 9; Dec 2)

Miss A Roe (Nov 28)

Escamillo a toreador

Leslie Crotty

Dancaïre a smuggler

Aynsley Cook

Remendado a smuggler

Rhys Thomas 2

Performance DatesCarmen 1891

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

9 Nov, 19.30 21 Nov, 14.00

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

28 Nov, 14.00 2 Dec, 19.30

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