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Trovatore 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 for 8 January in Aberdeen City Library.  A programme for the performance on 16 April in the Theatre-Royal, Glasgow is preserved in the National Library of Scotland, showing there had been a complete cast change.

Performance Cast

Manrico a chieftain under the Prince of Biscay

Wilson Thornton (16 April)

Louis Dornay

Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon

Booth Hitchen (16 April)

Frank Clarke

Ferrando captain of Di Luna's guard

E Gilding Clarke (16 April)

Henry Hardy

Ruiz a soldier in Manrico's service

Reginald Gordon (16 April)

Ben Williams

Inez confidante of Leonora

Florence Walker (16 April)

Edith Polan

Leonora a Duchess, lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon

Eva Turner (16 April)

Ethel Austen

Azucena a Biscayan gypsy woman

Constance Willis

Gladys Parr (16 April)

Performance DatesTrovatore 1921

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

8 Jan, 14.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

26 Feb, 19.15 10 Mar, 19.15 21 Mar, 19.15 2 Apr, 14.00 16 Apr, 19.15

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