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Carmen 1953Glasgow Grand Opera Society

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Around this time, the tradition established by Glasgow Grand was to mount a rarity on alternate nights with a standard repertoire item. In this case the rarity was a contemporaneous French work, Le roi d'Ys by Lalo, receiving its Scottish premiere. Both works allowed young novice director Anthony Besch, an assistant at Glyndebourne, some useful directing experience. The Carmen, Winifred Busfield, would later be a notable teacher at the RSAMD.

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Walter Anderson

Micaëla a peasant girl

Isobel Taylor

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Charles Watson

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Maurice Skivington

Carmen a gypsy

Winifred Busfield

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Helen Wiggins

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Maisie Gilroy

Escamillo a toreador

Montague Stoller (Apr 13, 17)

George Carmichael (Apr 15, 18)

Dancaïre a smuggler

Richard Johnson

Remendado a smuggler

William Bradley

Performance DatesCarmen 1953

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

13 Apr, 00.00 15 Apr, 00.00 17 Apr, 00.00 18 Apr, 00.00

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