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Jewels of the Madonna 1913Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Scottish premiere was to have been given in Edinburgh, but Eugene Goossens felt it needed more rehearsal (Scotsman 21 February). 

When the company moved to Glasgow, the reviewer in the Glasgow Herald (1 March) wrote of the Scottish premiere:-

"The performance last night represented an enormous amount of work. The broken music for chorus would need much careful rehearsal before the ensemble was perfected and everything ran with the freedom necessary to give the piece its proper dramatic effect.  Mr Eugene Goossens and the stage manager deserve the highest credit for the smoothness and efficiency of their production.  Miss Ina Hill has never done anything better than her performance as Maliella. She sang with great effect all through the opera, and her acting gave great force and reality to her singing.  Mr Hebden Foster as Rafaele and Mr Gordon Thomas as Gennaro also shoed themselves very capable artists, and gave the heroine every support.  The singers in the smaller parts were entirely satisfactory, and chorus and orchestra gave their best.  If its reception in Glasgow goes for anything, Jewels of the Madonna should remain in the Carl Rosa repertory for a long time to come." 

In a short review, the Daily Record (26 February) gave a favourable reaction. "Although it has notthe following that results from the popularising of the melodies by constant repetition, the house was well filled....As Maliella, Miss Beatrice Miranda sang with an abandon that characterises the part.  Although still handicapped by a cold, Mr Edward Davies made the utmost of the role of Gennaro.  Mr Hebden Foster's fine sonorous voice was heard at his best as Rafaele, particularly so in the serenade song."

This late winter Scottish season conisisted of seven weeks, each with seven performances. After a week in Aberdeen (w/c 20 Jan) then one in Dundee (w/c 27Jan), there followed three in Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre (commencing 3 Feb, 10 Feb, 17 Feb) and two in Glasgow’s Theatre Royal (w/c 24 Feb; 3 Mar).

The schedule was:

Aberdeen, w/c 20 Jan: Mon Carmen; Tue Lohengrin; Wed Trovatore; Thu Mefistofele; Fri Magic Flute; Sat m Tannhäuser; Sat e Mignon.

Dundee, w/c 27 Jan: Mon Tannhäuser; Tue Magic Flute; Wed Mignon; Thu Trovatore; Fri Mefistofele; Sat m Carmen; Sat e Bohemian Girl.

Edinburgh, w/c 3 Feb: Mon Tannhäuser; Tue Mignon; Wed Magic Flute; Thu Trovatore; Fri Lohengrin; Sat m Faust; Sat e Bohemian Girl.

Edinburgh, w/c 10 Feb: Mon Magic Flute; Tue Queen of Sheba; Wed Carmen; Thu Maritana; Fri Magic Flute; Sat m Mignon; Sat e Lily of Killarney.

Edinburgh, w/c 17 Feb: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Don Giovanni; Wed Faust; Thu Jewels of the Madonna; Fri Tannhäuser; Sat m Jewels of the Madonna; Sat e Trovatore.

Glasgow, w/c 24 Feb: Mon Magic Flute; Tue Mignon; Wed Trovatore; Thu Cav & Pag; Fri Jewels of the Madonna; Sat m Tannhäuser; Sat e Faust.

Glasgow, w/c 3 Mar: Mon Lohengrin; Tue Jewels of the Madonna; Wed Magic Flute; Thu Mignon; Fri Carmen; Sat m Jewels of the Madonna; Sat e Magic Flute.

Performance Cast

Maliella adopted daughter of Carmela

Ina Hill

Gennaro a blacksmith

Gordon Thomas

Rafaele a gangster, leader of the Camorra

Hebden Foster

Production Cast


Eugene Goossens II

Performance DatesJewels of the Madonna 1913

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

28 Feb, 19.15 4 Mar, 19.15 8 Mar, 16.00

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