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Tannhäuser 1893Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The cast for these first Scottish performances of Tannhäuser was led by the Canadian tenor Charles Hedmondt and the American soprano Ella Russell, both familiar figures at the time. If this tuneful work took a while to reach Britain, and even longer to appear in Scotland, it quickly made up for lost time, rapidly becoming the most popular of Wagner's works, and among the most frequently performed of all operas, with ten between the two cities in those early months. Recently, however, its popularity has slumped to the point where it has not had a professional performance in Scotland for more than half a century, and has never featured with Scottish Opera or the Edinburgh Festival.

Performance Cast


Luise Meisslinger

Tannhäuser a knight and minnesinger

Charles Hedmondt

Shepherd boy

Minnie Hunt

Hermann Landgrave of Thuringia

Lempriere Pringle

Wolfram von Eschenbach a knight and minnesinger

Alec Marsh

Walther von der Vogelweide a knight and minnesinger

Rhys Thomas 2

Heinrich der Schreiber a knight and minnesinger

Mr P Somers

Biterolf a knight and minnesinger

Charles Campbell (May 1)

Mr W Llewellyn (Nov 17)

Reinmar von Zweter a knight and minnesinger

Rudolph Lewis (May 1)

Etnan Allen (Nov 17)

Elisabeth niece of the Landgrave

Ella Russell (May 1)

Marie Duma (Nov 17)

Performance DatesTannhäuser 1893

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

1 May, 19.30 5 May, 19.30 17 Nov, 19.30 21 Nov, 19.30 25 Nov, 14.00

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

8 May, 19.30 12 May, 19.30 16 May, 19.30 20 May, 19.30 2 Dec, 19.30

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