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Carmen 1947Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Glasgow was always fertile ground for the Carl Rosa company, and they gave considerably more performances there than in the other Scottish cities. Indeed some years, as in 1947, the four weeks in Scotland, commencing 21 April, were spent entirely in Glasgow. The operas given were a fairly standard group, by Verdi (Rigoletto, Trovatore, Traviata); Puccini (Bohème, Butterfly); Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana); Leoncavallo (Pagliacci); Gounod (Faust); Offenbach (Tales of Hoffmann); Bizet (Carmen) and Wagner (Flying Dutchman).

Perhaps the most notable feature of this group is the arrival on the scene of the excellent lyric soprano Victoria Elliott. She was soon to became a leading member of the Sadler's Wells company.

Cast details are from a programme for Tuesday, 13 May, in the Gardiner Collection (Mitchell Library). This also relates to the previous evening's Tosca.

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Hubert Dunkerley

Micaëla a peasant girl

Victoria Elliott

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Ivan Dixon

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

George David

Carmen a gypsy

Janet Howe

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Gita de la Fuente

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Betty Sagon

Escamillo a toreador

Arthur Copley

Dancaïre a smuggler

Andrew Sellars

Remendado a smuggler

Robert Scott

Performance DatesCarmen 1947

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

28 Apr, 19.30 1 May, 19.30 7 May, 14.00 9 May, 19.30 13 May, 19.30 15 May, 19.30

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