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Lily of Killarney 1885Sydney Hill's Royal English Opera Company

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The Lily of Killarney was at the height of its popularity at this period, as was its source play, The Colleen Bawn by Boucicault. Neither survived significantly into the twentieth century, though other works by the playwright have been revived successfully.

Of these performers, much was made at the time of the switch by leading American tenor Fred Packard. During his years with Carl Rosa he had sung the romantic lead, Hardress Cregan, but here moved to the equally important character role of Myles.

Cast details are from the Aberdeen Journal, Dundee Advertiser and Dundee Courier & Argus.

The schedule was:

Aberdeen W/c 23 Mar: Mon Maritana, Tue Lily of Killarney, Wed Trovatore, Thu Marriage of Figaro, Fri Faust, Sat Sonnambula.

Dundee W/c 30 Mar: Mon Figaro, Tue Maritana, Wed Lily of Killarney, Thu Faust, Fri Trovatore, Sat Don Giovanni.

Further performances to be confirmed.

Performance Cast

Eily O'Connor the Colleen Bawn

Julia Gaylord

Hardress Cregan secretly married to Eily

Payne Clarke

Mrs Cregan Hardress's mother

Lucy Franklein

Squire Corrigan holder of a mortgage on the Cregan lands

Edward Griffin

Myles na Coppaleen in love with Eily

Fred C Packard

Danny Mann a boatman, devoted to Hardress

Arthur Rousbey

Miss Ann Chute an heiress, the Colleen Rhud

Florence Arnott


Annie Cook

Father Tom Parish Priest of Kenmare

Albert McGuckin

Production Cast


Julian Edwards

Performance DatesLily of Killarney 1885

Map List

Her Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

24 Mar, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Dundee | Dundee

1 Apr, 19.30

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