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Tales of Hoffmann 1955Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Cast details are taken from a short review in the Glasgow Herald (10 May).

The reviewer states.."That the Carl Rosa Opera are a vastly improved company was again convincingly demonstrated in the Theatre Royal, Glasgow last night when Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann made a grand start to their second and last week.  The improvement is not so much in the orchestra pit, where the orchestra of considerable potential could set a higher standard, as on the stage, where it is nothing short of remarkable - not only in the sumptuosness of the production, which itself evoked applause, but also in the increased significance of the chorus work, and in the apt characterisations, among others of Basil Hemmings as Luther, Frederick Wood as Spalanzani and Schlemil, Peter Murray as the stuttering servant and the buffoon, Mona Ross as Hoffman's friend Nicklausse, and Richard Golding as Crespel."

"In George Chitty (Hoffmann), Estelle Valery (his loves Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, and Stella) and Arthur Wallington in all his siniser guises, the company had three principals well able to sustain those major parts. Arthur Hammond concducted."

Performance Cast

Franz Crespel's servant

Peter Murray

Schlemil Giulietta's lover

Frederick Wood

Spalanzani an Italian inventor

Frederick Wood

Luther an innkeeoer

Basil Hemming

Nicklausse Hoffmann's friend

Mona Ross

Crespel a councillor of Munich

Richard Golding

Coppélius a scientist, Spalanzani's rival

Arthur Wallington

Dr Miracle a doctor

Arthur Wallington

Dapertutto a sorcerer

Arthur Wallington

Stella an opera singer

Estelle Valery

Giulietta a courtesan

Estelle Valery

Antonia Crespel's daughter

Estelle Valery

Olympia a doll

Estelle Valery

Hoffmann a poet

George Chitty

Production Cast

Conductor

Arthur Hammond

Performance DatesTales of Hoffmann 1955

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

9 May, 19.30

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