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Carmen 1920Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Of the Edinburgh performance on the spring tour, the Edinburgh Evening News (19 April) noted that in the presence of a large audience 'there was a new Carmen in Miss Sophie brand, who gvea most fascinating interpretation of this famous role.  Miss Brand has an excellent voice and acted with great verve. Mr William Boland was an imposing figure as Don Jose, and the Escamillo of Mr Walter Outhwaite was a most convincing study'.

The Scotsman (19 April) said of the same performance ('which completely filled the theatre'  'Mr William Boland made an excellent Don Jose. his singing again displayed the marked advance in quality which has been noticeable on his other performances during the present Carl Rosa season, while he was a much more soldierly and convincig figure than the ordinary run of Don Joses.' 

The cast has been taken from a programme for 17 April in Edinburgh Central Library.  By the Decembee performances, the roles had been recast.

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, and ne for the matinee on 17 April survives in Edinburgh Central Library.

Performance Cast

Don José a corporal of dragoons

William Boland (17 April)

Louis Dornay

Escamillo a toreador

Walter Outhwaite (17 April)

Appleton Moore (Dec 16)

Frank Clarke (Dec 25e)

Carmen a gypsy

Sophie Brand (17 April)

Constance Willis (Dec 16)

Beatrice Waycott (Dec 25e)

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Albert Chapman (17 April)

Harison Cook (Dec 16)

Henry Hardy (Dec 25e)

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Winifred Geverding (17 April)

Doris Scargill

Dancaïre a smuggler

Frederick Clendon (17 April)

Trevor Evans

Lillas Pastia an innkeeper

Albert Broad (17 April)

Albert Felton

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Gladys Hurwood (17 April)

Olive Gilbert

Remendado a smuggler

Cecil Cooke (17 April)

Mr S Gibson

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Edward Bonhote (17 April)

Mr L Hodgkinson

Micaëla a peasant girl

Gladys Cranston (17 April)

Lea Felissa

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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