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Tales of Hoffmann 1921Carl Rosa Opera Company

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On Monday 13 December 1920, the Carl Rosa company began a four-week Christmas - New Year season in Aberdeen, with a completely different group of performers from those who had visited the central belt in the spring. The Directors were billed as Mrs Carl Rosa and Walter van Noorden, a former conductor.  The Acting Manager was Edward Taylor and Stage Director Harison Cook. Conductors were Wynn Reeves and John Cope, with Alfeo Turato as their assistant.

The first week, commencing 13 December, was: Mon Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Tannhäuser; Wed Faust; Thu Carmen; Fri Bohème; Sat mat Mignon; Sat eve Trovatore.

Second week, commencing 20 December: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Butterfky; Wed Rigoletto; Thu Marriage of Figaro; Fri Daughter of the Regiment; Sat mat Tales of Hoffmann; Sat eve Carmen.

Third week, commencing 27 December: Mon Faust; Tue Trovatore; Wed Pro Patria & Pagliacci; Thu Bohème; Fri Tannhäuser; Sat mat Madam Butterfly; Sat eve Maritana.

Fourth week, commencing 3 January 1921: Mon Carmen, Tue Tales of Hoffmann, Wed Mignon, Thu Angelus, Fri Faust, Sat mat Trovatore, Sat eve Bohemian Girl.

Several of the singers in the new team enjoyed notable careers with Carl Rosa and other companies, including Ethel Austen, Constance Willis, Olive Gilbert, Eda Bennie and Appleton Moore.

Hoffmann was for many years a permanent feature in the Carl Rosa calendar at this time - seeming to be as popular as Carmen, Il trovatore or Faust.

The cast for Aberdeen on 4 January is from a programme in Aberdeen City Library. Details of this Edinburgh cast in the spring are drawn from a programme in the OperaScotland collection combining Hoffmann with the following evening's Tannhäuser.

Further tour dates to be confirmed.

Performance Cast

Hermann a student

Mr L Hodgkinson (Jan 4)

Tom Rowland (Apr 18)

Luther an innkeeoer

Tom Emery (Jan 4)

Tom Hamilton (Apr 18)

Hoffmann a poet

Gwynne Davies (Jan 4)

Wilson Thornton (Apr 18)

Olympia a doll

Eda Bennie (Jan 4)

Winifred Parker (Apr 18)

Cochenille Spalanzani's servant

Albert Felton (Jan 4)

Reginald Gordon (Apr 18)

Nicklausse Hoffmann's friend

Constance Willis (Jan 4)

Gladys Parr (Apr 18)

Nathaniel a student

Mr G Butlin (Jan 4)

Horace Vincent (Apr 18)

Spalanzani an Italian inventor

Ben Williams (Jan 4)

Frederick Clendon (Apr 18)

Coppélius a scientist, Spalanzani's rival

Appleton Moore (Jan 4)

Harry Brindle (Apr 18)

Antonia Crespel's daughter

Eda Bennie (Jan 4)

Gladys Cranston (Apr 18)

Dr Miracle a doctor

Henry Hardy (Jan 4)

Booth Hitchen (Apr 18)

Crespel a councillor of Munich

Sydney Wells (Jan 4)

Frederick Clendon (Apr 18)

Franz Crespel's servant

Albert Felton (Jan 4)

Reginald Gordon (Apr 18)

Antonia's mother a spirit voice

Olive Gilbert (Jan 4)

Gladys Parker (Apr 18)

Giulietta a courtesan

Ethel Austen (Jan 4)

Gladys Cranston (Apr 18)

Schlemil Giulietta's lover

Mr L Hodgkinson (Jan 4)

Tom Rowland (Apr 18)

Pitichinaccio Giulietta's admirer

Mr S Gibson (Jan 4)

Horace Vincent (Apr 18)

Dapertutto a sorcerer

Appleton Moore (Jan 4)

Booth Hitchen (Apr 18)

Performance DatesTales of Hoffmann 1921

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

4 Jan, 19.30

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

18 Apr, 19.15

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