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Maritana 1890Arthur Rousbey's English Opera Company

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From 24 February to 23 March the Arthur Rousbey English Opera Company made their first tour of the Scottish cities. This was, it seems, the group's fourth season of operation, but their first venture north.  The tour began in Edinburgh, before moving on to Aberdeen and Dundee, ending in Glasgow. The venues were varied in size. Aberdeen and Dundee each had only one theatre suitable for opera. Both were modern, well equipped and under the enterprising management of William McFarlane, so any problems were just of scheduling, since many touring shows had to be turned away. In Glasgow they used the much larger Grand (and the following year the Royal Princess's). The unusual venue is in Edinburgh, where, the Lyceum being, presumably, unavailable, the company used the Albert Hall, a small venue with a cramped and primitive stage.

The tour repertoire varied in each city. The 'foreign' works were Il trovatore, Faust, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, the British ones The Bohemian Girl, The Rose of Castille and Maritana.

This cast is as advertised in Dundee.

Performance DatesMaritana 1890

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Her Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

8 Mar, 19.00

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

15 Mar, 19.00

Grand Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

17 Mar, 19.30 20 Mar, 19.30

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