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Carmen 1914Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Scotsman reviewer (18 February) said "...the theatre was sufficintly well filled, and the applause at the numerouspoints of one of the most romantic and humanly appealing of music dramas was so enthusiastic that it was difficult to think of the day when Carmen will go out of fashion. As a stage piece, as a drama, it has all the qualities that justify the musical treatment; and the musical treatmentis so perfect in form and so true to human nature, so far as human nature may be expressed in music, that the piece stands out as one of the operatic creations that are 'not of an age , but for all time.' All that is required is that it must be well produced; and that desideratum was achieved last night under Mr Van noorden's Leadership last night."

"Mr Edward Davies, who played Don Jose, is an excellent tenor , though his voice is not always controlled to suit the situation. He was distinctly flat in the final bars of the duet ; The village smiles', but he rose to the vocal and dramatic demands in the impassioned 'Flower Song'.

The reviewer was complimentary towards Miss Winifred Geverding, who played Frsquita. "With her clear and audible vocalisation, was a success in a part that is commonly neglected, and her duet work with Mercedes (Miss Phyllis Davies) gave to a carefully studied double part more prominence in the opera than it commonly secures. The intervals between the acts were again too long."

Performance Cast

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Phyllis Davies

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Winifred Geverding

Remendado a smuggler

Robert Brookes

Dancaïre a smuggler

Frederick Clendon

Micaëla a peasant girl

Elizabeth Burgess

Escamillo a toreador

Frank Clarke

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Edward Davies

Carmen a gypsy

Doris Woodall

Performance DatesCarmen 1914

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

17 Feb, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

9 Mar, 19.15

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