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Tales of Hoffmann 1930Carl Rosa Opera Company

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A single performance only was given by Carl Rosa Opera in Scotland this year. It was reviewed in the Glasgow Herald of 4 April, from which cast details are taken.

The reviewer stated 'With a company so obviously at home in their parts as were the Carl ROsa Opera company...the audience could not help but enjoy themselves. Their enthusiastic reception of each act showed the popularity of the tunefulness of the work'.

"A delightful spirit of farce pervades the first tale, that of the hero falling in love with the mechanical doll. Mr Ben Williams as Hoffmann sang in all three tales, as the lover, with passion and feeling, rising to a climax in the second act, after Giulietta has enticed from him his reflection and given it to the Evil Being.  Acting with much skill, Miss Audrey Mildmay performed the part of the mechanical doll, and displayed a flexibility of voice such as is demanded by the decorative style of the music.  The inventor of the doll (Mr Robert Mawdsley) and his doddering servant (Mr Frank Clarke) provided a humorous touch.  In each of the ungracious parts - Coppelius, Dapertutto, and Dr Miracle - Mr Hubert Dunkerley was good.   The powerful ensemble in the second act was well worked up to a fine climax.  Miss Mabel Baker gave a carefully restrained rendering of her part as Giulietta, and in the famous Barcarolle with Nicklaus (Miss Myrtle Stewart) was greatly enjoyed.  In the pathetic last act, Mr Ronald Stear capably filled the role of father to Antonia (Miss Dorothy Truman-Taylor), who used her rather light voice well.  Miss Myrtle Stewart as Hoffmann's friend, contrasted well with the love-lorn poet."


The 1930 season in Scotland consisted of three weeks in Glasgow at the Theatre Royal followed by one in Edinburgh at the Lyceum. the performances were as follows:-

First week Monday 24 March Trovatore; Tuesday Cav and Pag; Wednesday Flying Dutchman; Thursday Hansel and Gretel; Friday Messalina; Saturday matinee Butterfly and evening Faust.

Second week Monday 31 March Flying Dutchman;Tuesday Carmen; Wednesday Rhinegold; Thursday Tales of Hoffman; Friday Boheme; Saturday natinee Hansel and Gretel; Saturday evening Maritana.

Third week Monday 7 April Tannhauser; Tuesday Butterfly; Wednesday Siegfried; Thursday Cav and Pag; Friday Rigoletto; Saturday matinee Flying Dutchman; Saturday evening Carmen.

Fourth week Monday14 April Butterfly; Tuesday Rigoletto; Wednesday Carmen; Thursday Faust; Friday Flying Dutchman; Saturday matinee Hansel and Gretel; Saturday evening Trovatore.

During the Scottish leg of the tour, two performances of Cav and Pag were given. The remaining performances involved fourteen different operas.

Performance Cast

Antonia Crespel's daughter

Dorothy Truman-Taylor

Crespel a councillor of Munich

Ronald Stear

Nicklausse Hoffmann's friend

Myrtle Stewart

Giulietta a courtesan

Mabel Baker

Cochenille Spalanzani's servant

Frank Clarke

Spalanzani an Italian inventor

Robert Mawdsley

Olympia a doll

Audrey Mildmay

Dr Miracle a doctor

Hubert Dunkerley

Dapertutto a sorcerer

Hubert Dunkerley

Coppélius a scientist, Spalanzani's rival

Hubert Dunkerley

Hoffmann a poet

Ben Williams

Performance DatesTales of Hoffmann 1930

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

3 Apr, 19.15

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