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Mignon 1923Carl Rosa Opera Company

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For full details of the Royal Carl Rosa's 1923 Scottish tour, see under the entries for AïdaMaritanaLohengrinCarmen, Tales of Hoffmann or Bohemian Girl.

No complete cast details for any of the Mignon performances have been confirmed as yet - the six roles shown being from the preview of the fifth week in the Glasgow Herald of Tuesday, 20 March and a review in the Aberdeen Press and Journal of the 3 April performance. Two of the parts are also mentioned in a review of the previous week in the Greenock Herald of Saturday, 17 February. The Scotsman attended the same Glasgow performance (19 March) that the Herald had previewed, and, in a brief notice, lists the six principals and emphasises that the performance was excellent, with a large and enthusiastic audience. Company information is from a programme for w/c 5 March in the collection of the V&A, London.

The Glasgow Herald writer is clearly fond of the work, which had been a mainstay of their programme since the Carl Rosa had begun touring in Britain. ''Last night the Theatre Royal was well filled at the performance of Mignon. The unfailing popularity of Ambrose Thomas's work is not difficult to understand. There is a charm in the music which loses none of its freshness by repeated hearing, so long as the singers have the right quality of voices to meet the demands of the composer.'' Notwithstanding this enthusiasm, the work was now fading from the repertoire and would not be toured again. An interesting feature of the schedule is how many changes of performer there were - three tenors following one another as Wilhelm, while Gladys Parr, having sung the trouser role for several years, at last played the lead.

Performance Cast

Mignon stolen in childhood

Doris Woodall (Mar 19)

Gladys Parr (Apr 3)

Philine an actress

Maude Neilson (Mar 19; Apr 3)

Frédéric a young nobleman

Gladys Parr (Feb 13; Mar 19)

Olive Gilbert (Apr 3)

Wilhelm Meister a student

John Perry (Feb 13)

Horace Vincent (Mar 19)

Ben Williams (Apr 3)

Laërte an actor

Frederick Clendon (Mar 1; Apr 3)

Lothario a wandering minstrel

Harry Brindle (Mar 19; Apr 3)

Performance DatesMignon 1923

Map List

King's Theatre, Greenock | Greenock

13 Feb, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

23 Feb, 19.15 19 Mar, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

3 Apr, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

13 Apr, 19.15

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