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Bohème 1946Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The 1946 Scottish tour by the Royal Carl Rosa lasted eight weeks, and started on Monday, 11 March, with two weeks in Edinburgh. This time there were eight performances each week, including matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. The playing order was:

Week commencing 11 March: Mon Tosca; Tue Tales of Hoffmann; Wed mat Cav & Pag; Wed eve Madam Butterfly; Thu Faust; Fri Bohème; Sat mat Hoffmann; Sat eve Butterfly.

Week commencing 18 March: Mon Trovatore; Tue Traviata; Wed mat Cav & Pag; Wed eve Butterfly; Thu Tosca; Fri Hoffmann; Sat mat Bohème; Sat eve Faust.

There followed, unusually, a two-week stay in Aberdeen, before a four week Glasgow season. The Aberdeen schedule was:

First week - commencing 25 March: Mon Madam Butterfly; Tue Tales of Hoffmann; Wed mat Cav & Pag; Wed eve Bohème; Thu Trovatore; Fri Faust; Sat mat Butterfly; Sat eve Tosca.

Second week - commencing 1 April: Mon Traviata; Tue Cav & Pag; Wed mat Faust; Wed eve Bohème; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Hoffmann; Sat mat Rigoletto; Sat eve Trovatore.

In Glasgow, all the operas received four performances, with the exception of Traviata (6), Butterfly (3), Hoffmann (2) and Trovatore (1).

Cast details for Bohème are from a programme for the 3 April evening in Aberdeen City Library. As so often, the players of Schaunard and Colline, with careers going back to the first war, must have made those characters seem very mature students.

Performance Cast

Rodolfo a poet

Ivan Dixon

Marcello a painter

George Hancock

Colline a philosopher

Norman Allin

Schaunard a musician

Hubert Dunkerley

Benoit the students' landlord

Liddell Peddieson

Mimì a seamstress

Helen Ogilvie

Parpignol a toy vendor

Robert Scott

Musetta a grisette

Blanche Turner

Alcindoro a wealthy follower of Musetta

Martin Quinn

Custom-house Sergeant

James Stewart

Performance DatesBohème 1946

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

15 Mar, 19.30 23 Mar, 14.30

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

27 Mar, 19.15 3 Apr, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

10 Apr, 19.30 13 Apr, 14.30 27 Apr, 14.30 2 May, 19.30

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