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Tales of Hoffmann 1924Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Carl Rosa company was in the habit of coming to Scotland in February and running its tour through the early spring. In 1924, from 28 January to 19 April they toured Aberdeen, Perth, Greenock, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

To arrive in Dundee on 22 December 1924 was unusual. To stay for a two week season even more so (indeed a unique event in the history of Carl Rosa performances in Dundee). In that era Christmas Day was not a holiday, and the company mounted a performance of Il Trovatore. On New Year's Day, Maritana was on offer. Unusual works being presented were La TraviataMarriage of Figaro and Fidelio. This fortnight in Dundee was not connected to visits to the other Scottish centres, as they left Dundee after Saturday, 3 January 1925, reappearing in Glasgow on 9 March.

Repertoire for the two Dundee weeks was as follows:

First Week: Mon Carmen, Tue Tannhäuser, Wed Tales of Hoffmann, Thu (Christmas Day) Trovatore, Fri Traviata, Sat Mat Faust, Sat Eve Bohemian Girl.

Second Week: Mon Aïda, Tue Butterfly, Wed Marriage of Figaro, Thu (New Year's Day) Maritana, Fri Fidelio, Sat Mat Samson & Delilah, Sat Eve Faust.

The abbreviated cast for Wednesday, 24 December is from a preview in that morning's Dundee Courier and Argus.

Performance Cast

Nicklausse Hoffmann's friend

Gladys Parr (Dec 24)

Hoffmann a poet

William Boland (Dec 24)

Olympia a doll

Maude Neilson (Dec 24)

Spalanzani an Italian inventor

Frederick Clendon (Dec 24)

Coppélius a scientist, Spalanzani's rival

Appleton Moore (Dec 24)

Antonia Crespel's daughter

Diana Melrose (Dec 24)

Crespel a councillor of Munich

Frederick Clendon (Dec 24)

Dr Miracle a doctor

Appleton Moore (Dec 24)

Giulietta a courtesan

Diana Melrose (Dec 24)

Dapertutto a sorcerer

Appleton Moore (Dec 24)

Performance DatesTales of Hoffmann 1924

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

4 Feb, 19.15

Perth Theatre | Perth

16 Feb, 14.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

4 Mar, 19.15 15 Mar, 19.15 29 Mar, 14.15

King's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

24 Dec, 19.15

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