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Gipsy Baron 1939Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Scotsman review (6 April) mentioned the capital cast, saying the various ensembles were wel managed, and the chorus sang with fine effect. There is scope in the opera for the ballet, and the Carl Rosa dancers appeared with delightful effect... it is one of the merits of the Carl Rosa performances that the orchestra is always so good...under the direction of Mr Charles Webber, the opera as a whole was given with the sparkle which music of its type demands.

A programme for the performance in Glasgow on 15 April, a Saturday matinee, is archived in the National Library of Scotland. It names three gypsies as Norman Jones, Cecil Lloyd and William Lewis and Frances Martin as a character called Arsena.

The week's programme in Edinburgh was: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Barber of Seville; Wed Gipsy Baron; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Madam Butterfly; Sat mat Fledermaus; Sat eve Faust.

The Glasgow schedule, including two Johann Strauss operettas, was as follows: 

W/c 10 April: Mon Fledermaus; Tue Butterfly; Wed Faust; Thurs Rigoletto; Fri Masked Ball; Sat mat Gipsy Baron; Sat eve Barber of Seville.

W/c 17 April: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Fledermaus; Wed Madam Butterfly; Thu Gipsy Baron; Fri Traviata; Sat mat Fledermaus; Sat eve Faust.

During this period, the Carl Rosa were including an extensive sequence of the ballet music.

Performance Cast

Ottokar a young peasant

Gwilym Jones (15 April)

Czipra an elderly gipsy-woman, the gipsies' leader

Betty Thompson

Conte Carnero Commissioner of Morals

Kingsley Lark

Sandor Barinkay

Ivor John

John Torney (15 April)

Kalman Zsupan a wealthy pig-farmer

Hubert Dunkerley

Saffi Czipra's foster-daughter

Helen Ogilvie

Lillian Webb (15 April)

Mirabella Arsena's governess

Elisabeth Aveling

Arsena Zsupan's daughter

Frances Martin

Graf Peter Homonay a recruiting officer, friend of Barinkay

Philip Bertram

Production Cast


Charles Webber

Performance DatesGipsy Baron 1939

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

5 Apr, 19.45

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

15 Apr, 14.30 20 Apr, 19.45

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