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Traviata 1919Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The performance was reviewed in the Glasgow Herald (15 December).

"La traviata recalls the operatic past when the prima donna shone with undimmed lustre, regardless of considerations to which Verdi paid more respect in the later works.  The music set for Violetta is kept alive by the great sopranos of the concert platform, but there arefew opportunities of hearing it sung in its natural environment.  After all, it is only feature of the opera that makes its revival worth while.  The Phillips section of the Carl Rosa Company at the King's Theatre, Glasgow, on saturday afternoon gave a performance which rose well above the level of their attainments in some of the operas that have figured in their bill. Miss Gladys Seager may not act the part of Violetta as well as some of her distinguished predecessors, but she gave a delightful rendering of the music, meeting its exacting demands without any apparent difficulty, and preserving throughout the fine lyrical quality of voice that was so effectively displayed in 'Ah fors a lui'.  Mr Furnesss Williams as the lover Alfred had a part which suited him well and he sang very acceptably.  It was a pleassure also to hear Mr Hubert Dunkerlydo himself justice as Germont.  #the small parts were capably filled.  The orchestra played smoothly the old-fashioned vamping accompaniment, under the direction of Mr Orry Corjeag, who made the most of the few opportunities for graniose effect that the score allows.  The performance was enjoyed by a large audience."

The cast is interesting because of the fact that several characters are omitted, not just messengers and servants, but Gaston and d'Obigny too. It seems unlikely that they would have been cut out, but may well have been sung by choristers, even changing around at short notice. Perhaps this is one result of the long years of war just ending, and the flu pandemic that followed it.

Cast details are from a programme in the A M Gardiner collection (Mitchell Library).

The season consisted one week at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre (AHMT), then one week at Dundee’s Her Majesty’s Theatre (DHMT). There followed four weeks at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal (GTR). Following a break of one week, there were two weeks at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum (ERL), then later still another two in Glasgow (GTR). Ten weeks, followed by a further three in December to give thirteen. By now, the company were running a number of separate companies, the Phillips section giving the December performances.

w/c Mon Jan 20 Tales of Hoffmann Tue ToscaWed Tannhauser; Thu MignonFri Carmen; Sat m Madam ButterflySat e Faust. AHMT

w/c Mon Jan 27 Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Tannhauser; Wed Faust; Thu Madam Butterfly; Fri Mignon; Sat mTales of Hoffmann; Sat e Trovatore. DHMT 

w/c Mon 3 Feb Tannhauser; Tue BohèmeWed Madam Butterfly; Thu Trovatore; Fri Tosca; Sat m Mignon; Sat e Tales of Hoffmann. GTR 

w/c Mon 10 Feb Cav and Pag; Tue Faust; Wed Carmen; Thu Tales of Hoffmann; Fri Madam Butterfly; Sat m Tosca; Sat e Maritana. GTR

w/c Mon 17 Feb Bohème; Tue Tannhauser; Wed Mignon; Thu Cav and Pag; Fri Don GiovanniSat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Trovatore. GTR

w/c Mon 24 Feb Carmen; Tue Rigoletto; Wed Carmen; Thu Faust; Fri Tannhauser; Sat m Madam Butterfly; Sat e Bohemian Girl. GTR

w/c Mon 3 Mar Company performing in Liverpool

w/c Mon 10 Mar Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Tosca  ; Wed Faust; Thu Madam Butterfly; Fri Don Giovanni; Sat m Cav and Pag; Sat e Maritana. ERL

w/c Mon 17 Mar Tosca; Tue Tales of Hoffmann; Wed Tannhauser; Thu Bohème; Fri Carmen; Sat m Mignon; Sat e Trovatore; ERL

w/c Mon 30 Jun Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Carmen; Wed Mignon; Thu Cav and Pag; Fri Three Masks; Sat m Madam Butterfly; Sat e Faust GTR

w/c Mon 7 Jul Three Masks; Tue Trovatore; Wed Daughter of the Regiment; Thu Carmen; Fri Marriage of Figaro; Sat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Maritana GTR

w/c Mon 1 Dec Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Carmen; Wed Faust; Thu Cav and Pag; Fri Tannhauser; Sat m Romeo and Juliet; Sat e Rigoletto.

w/c Mon 8 Dec Cav and Pag; Tue Trovatore; Wed Romeo and Juliet; Thu Lily of Killarney; Fri Faust; Sat m Traviata; Sat e Tales of Hoffmann.

w/c Mon 15 Dec Carmen; Tue Tannhauser; Wed Maritana; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Romeo and Juliet; Sat m Cavand Pag; Sat e Tales of Hoffmann


Thirteen weeks @seven performances = ninety-one

Thirteen Tales of Hoffmann

Eight Carmen; Tannhauser; Faust

Seven; Madam Butterfly; Cav and Pag

Six Mignon

Five Trovatore; Tosca

Four Cav and Pag; Maritana

Three Bohème; Romeo and Juliet

Two Three Masks; Don Giovanni; Rigoletto

One Marriage of Figaro; Daughter of the Regiment; Bohemian Girl; Traviata; Lily of Killarney

Performance Cast

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Gladys Seager

Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo

Herbert Talbot

Doctor Grenvil

William Minette

Flora Bervoix Violetta's friend

May Watson

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

Furness Williams

Annina Violetta's maid

Eveline Bailey

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

Hubert Dunkerley

Performance DatesTraviata 1919

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

13 Dec, 14.00

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