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Carmen 1920Carl Rosa Opera Company

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On Monday 13 December, the Carl Rosa company began a four-week Christmas - New Year season in Aberdeen (ending Saturday, 8 January), 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.

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. The casts for 16 and 25 December are from programmes in Aberdeen City Library. A further copy for 16 December survives in the V&A Collection in London.

Further tour dates to be confirmed.

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Mr L Hodgkinson

Micaëla a peasant girl

Lea Felissa

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Louis Dornay

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Harison Cook (Dec 16)

Henry Hardy (Dec 25e)

Carmen a gypsy

Constance Willis (Dec 16)

Beatrice Waycott (Dec 25e)

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Doris Scargill

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Olive Gilbert

Lillas Pastia an innkeeper

Albert Felton

Escamillo a toreador

Appleton Moore (Dec 16)

Frank Clarke (Dec 25e)

Dancaïre a smuggler

Trevor Evans

Remendado a smuggler

Mr S Gibson

Performance DatesCarmen 1920

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

16 Feb, 19.15 2 Mar, 19.15 20 Mar, 14.00 27 Mar, 19.15 1 Apr, 19.15 8 Apr, 19.15 28 Jun, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

17 Apr, 14.00

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

16 Dec, 19.15 25 Dec, 19.30

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