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Fliegende Holländer 1930Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The first performance at Glasgow's Theatre Royal was reviewed in the Scotsman of 27 March.

'Both from the point of view of singing and acting... an outstanding success.' Of the Edinburgh performance, the critic noted it had been eighteen years since the work had last been heard in Edinburgh, under the auspices of Ernsy Denhof, with the late Michael Balling as conductor.

Mr Leslie Jones as the Dutchman sang with a genuinely musical tone, in a role where a semi-declamatory style is often employed.  Throughout he preserved a find vocal line and he acheived just the precise dark tone which the music and the character alike demand. Miss Helen Ogilvie as Senta, while her singing suggested  that the music was perhaps just a little high for her, sang with telling effect.

"The staging of the "Flying Dutchman" offers some serious problems to a producer. By dint of leaving a judicious amount to the imagination, however, its presentation last night was impressive. The stormy opening scene was very well managed, and the Dutchman's ship was made to appear really spectral as it drove through the darkness... instead of Wagner's directions being followed and the redeemed Dutchman and the redeeming Senta, locked in each other's arms, seen ascending heavenwards in the light of the rising sun, the curtain came down on darkness and mystery".

The Carl Rosa's Scottish tour in spring 1930 began on 24 March and consisted of three weeks in Glasgow (Theatre Royal) and one in Edinburgh (Lyceum).

The performances were as follows:-

First week Monday 24 March Trovatore; Tuesday Cav and Pag; Wednesday Flying Dutchman; Thursday Hansel and Gretel; Friday Messalina; Saturday matinee Butterfly and evening Faust.

Second week Monday 31 March Flying Dutchman;Tuesday Carmen; Wednesday Rhinegold; Thursday Tales of Hoffman; Friday Boheme; Saturday natinee Hansel and Gretel; Saturday evening Maritana.

Third week Monday 7 April Tannhauser; Tuesday Butterfly; Wednesday Siegfried; Thursday Cav and Pag; Friday Rigoletto; Saturday matinee Flying Dutchman; Saturday evening Carmen.

Fourth week Monday14 April Butterfly; Tuesday Rigoletto; Wednesday Carmen; Thursday Faust; Friday Flying Dutchman; Saturday matinee Hansel and Gretel; Saturday evening Trovatore.

During the Scottish leg of the tour, two performances of Cav and Pag were given. The remaining performances involved fourteen different operas.

Performance Cast

Daland a Norwegian sea captain

Frederic Collier


Ivor John


Leslie Jones

Senta Daland's daughter

Helen Ogilvie

Mary Daland's housekeeper, once Senta's nurse

Irene Dobbyn

Erik a huntsman

Ben Williams

Performance DatesFliegende Holländer 1930

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

26 Mar, 19.15 31 Mar, 19.15 12 Apr, 14.00

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

18 Apr, 19.15

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