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Carmen 1910Castellano Grand Italian Opera

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Carmen was one of two French pieces in the Castellano repertoire on tour in Scotland, and played on Thursday evenings, with Faust following to end the visit on Saturday night. That these were performed in Italian translation was only just beginning to be unusual - it had been the standard form of presentation at Covent Garden, and also in performances by Mapleson's company. But the Italian version had not been heard in Scotland for some time, and never north of the central belt (where all performances had been in English rather than French).

A novel feature of the cast here is the appearance in the role of Micaëla of a soprano under the name 'Signora Licette'. This was the young (only just 18!) English soprano Miriam Licette who would have an illustrious career through to the thirties. After her Dundee performance, the Courier critic was enthusiastic to the point where management put her on as Marguerite in Faust on the Saturday. This would become an important role for her and one she would record under Beecham twenty years later.

Castellano had been taking his company round Europe and beyond it for over a decade, so it can hardly be surprising if some local musicians were sometimes picked up en route. Could the Signora Milli who went on in Dundee perhaps be a Miss Mills in disguise?

The cast is drawn from a programme in Aberdeen City Library, with adjustments from reviews in the Dundee Advertiser and Courier & Argus.

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Signor Fragari

Micaëla a peasant girl

Miriam Licette

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Signor Barbato

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Signor Quintina

Carmen a gypsy

Madame Goretta Castellano

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Signora Cavezzano (Oct 20)

Signora Milli (Oct 27)

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Signora Rocco

Escamillo a toreador

Signor Catini

Dancaïre a smuggler

Signor Quintina

Remendado a smuggler

Signor G Barterra

Performance DatesCarmen 1910

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

20 Oct, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

27 Oct, 19.30

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