Opera Scotland

Gondoliers 1890Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company

Read more about the opera Gondoliers

This was, it seems, at least in June, no ordinary tour of The Gondoliers, but 'Mr D'Oyly Carte's American Opera Company' with, we are assured, a 'Company direct from Palmer's Theatre, New York'. In the veteran Richard Temple, playing Giuseppe Palmieri, Scottish theatres saw, for only the second time (after Alice Barnett in Iolanthe) a virtuoso performer who had been a long-term member of the London company. Ironically, he created roles in every Gilbert and Sullivan piece from The Sorcerer to The Yeomen of the Guard, but only sang Giuseppe in The Gondoliers at its New York premiere.

Fred Billington was now a fixture in the comic bass roles, and Henry Lytton was also achieving recognition, while still in his early twenties. Lenore Snyder had achieved some personal success in the New York production, and was rewarded with a trip to work with the British cast on home territory. She joined the London production of The Gondoliers and stayed on to create the title role of Hollee Beebee in Solomon's The Nautch Girl, that followed it at the Savoy.

When the production returned in September, the acknowledged stars had decamped to London, but the opera was still seen as one of the most successful from the G & S stable.

Casts from programmes in Lamb Collection, Dundee City Library.

Additional Scottish dates to be confirmed.

Performance Cast

Marco Palmieri a Venetian Gondolier

Richard Clarke

Giuseppe Palmieri a Venetian Gondolier

Richard Temple (Jun)

Duncan Fleet (Sep)

Tessa a Contadina

Mary Duggan

Gianetta a Contadina

Lenore Snyder (Jun)

Josephine Findlay (Sep)

Duke of Plaza-Toro a Grandee of Spain

Henry Lytton

Duchess of Plaza-Toro

Kate Talby

Casilda daughter of the Duke and Duchess

Norah Phyllis (Jun)

Nannie Harding (Sep)

Luiz the Duke's Attendant

Mr H Le Maistre

Don Alhambra del Bolero the Grand Inquisitor

Fred Billington (Jun)

Thomas Redmond (Sep)

Production Cast


Mr P W Halton (Sep)

Designer - Sets

Mr F R Chapman (Dundee)

Performance DatesGondoliers 1890

Map List

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

9 Jun, 19.30 10 Jun, 19.30 11 Jun, 19.30 12 Jun, 19.30 13 Jun, 19.30 14 Jun, 14.30 14 Jun, 19.00 22 Sep, 19.30 23 Sep, 19.30 24 Sep, 19.30 25 Sep, 19.30 26 Sep, 19.30 27 Sep, 14.30 27 Sep, 19.00

© Copyright Opera Scotland 2020

Site by SiteBuddha