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Trovatore 1915Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Trovatore performance in Edinburgh took place on the first Saturday evening of the two week Lyceum season, commencing 15 March 1915.

"There was another large house in the evening...the performance was one of all round merit, and the imaginative powere and beauty of Verdi's work were appreciated to the full by the audience, whose applause was frequent and hearty.  Miss Elizabeth Burgess was in the role of Leonora and sang with sweetness and sympathy the charming arias which the maestro allotted to the troubadour's unhappy love. In the Miserere scene, she achieved an artistic success, both vocallly and dramatically. Miss Christine Oliver was the Azucena. This part especially calls for the actress as well as the singer, and in each respect Miss Oliver's representation of the gipsy woman attained a high standard of merit.  Mr Edward Davies was a splendid Manrico, his rich tenor voice bringing out well the beauty of the love songs, and as Fernando Mr Frederick Clendon gave a thoroughly satisfying performance. The other leading roles were ably filled...The chorus again proved themselves efficient, and the large orchestra was skillfully led by by Mr Walter van Noorden."

The repertoire for the second week was: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Tales of Hoffmann; Wed Mignon; Thu Merry Wives of Windsor; Fri Don Giovanni; Sat mat Tales of Hoffmann; Sat eve Aìda.

This cast for the performance is taken from the OperaScotland copy of the programme for 20 March. The Saturday matinee, equally popular, was Carmen.

As with Faust, there is a requirement in Il trovatore for a church scene in which an organ participates. To that end, the programme advertises that 'the Magnificent Pipe Organ travelled by the Company' was 'manufactured by the Positive Organ Company'.

Performance Cast

Ferrando captain of Di Luna's guard

Frederick Clendon

Inez confidante of Leonora

Dorothy Lawson-Taylor

Leonora a Duchess, lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon

Elizabeth Burgess

Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon

Frank Clarke

Manrico a chieftain under the Prince of Biscay

Edward Davies

Azucena a Biscayan gypsy woman

Christine Oliver

Ruiz a soldier in Manrico's service

Reginald Gordon

Performance DatesTrovatore 1915

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

10 Mar, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

20 Mar, 19.15

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