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Carmen 1921Carl Rosa Opera Company

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On Monday 13 December 1920, the Carl Rosa company began a four-week Christmas - New Year season in Aberdeen, 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.

Second week, commencing 20 December: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Butterfky; Wed Rigoletto; Thu Marriage of Figaro; Fri Daughter of the Regiment; Sat mat Tales of Hoffmann; Sat eve Carmen.

Third week, commencing 27 December: Mon Faust; Tue Trovatore; Wed Pro Patria & Pagliacci; Thu Bohème; Fri Tannhäuser; Sat mat Madam Butterfly; Sat eve Maritana.

Fourth week, commencing 3 January 1921: Mon Carmen, Tue Tales of Hoffmann, Wed Mignon, Thu Angelus, Fri Faust, Sat mat Trovatore, Sat eve Bohemian Girl.

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 cast is from a programme in Aberdeen City Library and is much as appeared earlier on the visit.

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

Henry Hardy

Carmen a gypsy

Beatrice Waycott

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

Frank Clarke

Dancaïre a smuggler

Trevor Evans

Remendado a smuggler

Mr S Gibson

Performance DatesCarmen 1921

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

3 Jan, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

19 Feb, 14.00 3 Mar, 19.15 3 Mar, 19.15 16 Mar, 19.15 28 Mar, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

16 Apr, 14.00

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