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Bohème 1954Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Carl Rosa's six-week 1954 Scottish tour began on 8th March with a three week stay in Glasgow, always one of its favourite dates. This was followed by a week in Aberdeen, from 29th March, and two in Edinburgh from 5th April. The repertoire was much as before, as the company, with no public subsidy, needed to generate all its income from ticket sales and minimize risk. Operas performed during the tour were by Gounod (Faust); (Bizet (Carmen); Offenbach (Tales of Hoffmann); Wagner (Tannhäuser); Verdi (Trovatore, Traviata); Puccini (Bohème, Butterfly); Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana); Leoncavallo (Pagliacci).

The programme for the final Glasgow week was: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Traviata; Wed Hoffmann; Thu Tannhäuser; Fri Faust; Sat mat Bohème; Sat eve Carmen. After Bohème at the Saturday matinee, it will have come as no surprise for regular Carl Rosa audience members to find Carmen in the evening, bringing the three week season to an end. Bohème was not performed in Aberdeen.

The final day of the season at Glasgow King's, this Saturday matinee has a typical cast for the company at the time, and was followed in the evening by another popular favourite in Carmen.

Casts for both from Opera Scotland's copy of the programme.

Performance Cast

Rodolfo a poet

John Myrddin

Marcello a painter

David Allen

Colline a philosopher

Ernest Thomas

Schaunard a musician

John Heddle Nash

Benoit the students' landlord

Geoffrey de Latour

Mimì a seamstress

Estelle Valery

Parpignol a toy vendor

David Lewis

Musetta a grisette

Edna Graham

Alcindoro a wealthy follower of Musetta

Geoffrey de Latour

Custom-house Sergeant

Peter Harrison

Performance DatesBohème 1954

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