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Tales of Hoffmann 1922Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Carl Rosa's Scottish tour at the beginning of 1922 was an unusually long one with 21 different operas on display. If the seven renderings of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci are regarded as fourteen shows, that totals 105 performances (instead of 98) over the fourteen weeks from 16 January to 22 April embracing five venues. It began in the north-east, with one week in Perth, two in Aberdeen and one in Dundee. There followed an eight week stay in Glasgow, almost a northern headquarters for the company, and two final weeks in Edinburgh.

The most frequently performed operas in the season were Samson and Delilah (11), Carmen (9) and Madam Butterfly (9). Four works received only a single outing - The Valkyrie (in Aberdeen) and Lily of KillarneyBohème and Tosca in Glasgow.

The first week commencing Monday, 16 January, in Perth's delightfully intimate Edwardian auditorium, ran in this order: Mon Carmen; Tue Tales of Hoffmann, Wed Maritana, Thu Samson and Delilah, Fri Cav & Pag, Sat mat Madam Butterfly, Sat eve Il Trovatore.

In Aberdeen there were changes. Cav & Pag were dropped briefly, but the expanded repertoire saw the introduction of Bohemian GirlFaust and Mignon, as well as some larger-scale works by Verdi (Aïda) and Wagner (Tannhäuser, LohengrinValkyrie).

Dundee had not been visited since 1919 when Her Majesty's became a cinema, but the King's was now available, at least until 1928, when it, too, was acquired by a cinema company. The schedule for the week in Dundee was a fairly standard digest of the existing repertoire - Mon Faust, Tue Carmen, Wed Cav & Pag, Thu Samson and Delilah, Fri Tannhäuser, Sat Mat Madam Butterfly, and Sat Eve Trovatore.

With eight weeks to fill, it was inevitable that as well as nearly all of the above, a number of works would appear that were not seen elsewhere. These included Lily of Killarney, RigolettoMastersingersBohème and Tosca.


The Scotsman of Monday, 20 February, produced a brief note about the performances on the previous Saturday at Glasgow Theatre Royal - a matinee of The Tales of Hoffmann, followed at night by Carmen.

'The Carl Rosa Company concluded the first week of their engagement at the Theatre-Royal, Glasgow, on Saturday with a fine performance of The Tales of Hoffmann in the afternoon and Carmen in the evening. At the matinee performance Mr John Perry and the other principals did justice to their respective parts. The feature of the evening performance was Miss Doris Woodall's splendid representation of Carmen. Her vocal rendering of the part was exceptionally good, as was that of Mr Kingsley Lark in the role of Escamillo. The orchestra and chorus contributed largely to the success of both performances. Mr Charles Webber conducted in the afternoon and Mr Paul Kochs in the evening.'

Performance Cast

Hoffmann a poet

John Perry

Performance DatesTales of Hoffmann 1922

Map List

Perth Theatre | Perth

17 Jan, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

28 Jan, 14.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 Feb, 14.15 13 Mar, 19.15 21 Mar, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

20 Apr, 19.15

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