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Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1909Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Some details are given in the Greenock Telegraph (10 February).

"The charming music was artistically rendered, and the droll and pungent situations were from start to finish carried with characteristic success.  In the dialogues between Falstaff and Ford the rich humour of the one character and the suspicious and fox-like nature of the other were most cleverly delineated by Messrs Winckworth and Victor.  The buck basket scene was also one of the triumphs of the performance. The fairy and imps' dance near Herne's Oak in the moonlight was a lovely stage spectacle, and the dancing of Miss Annie Elliott and her bevy of fair elves were greatly enjoyed by the spectators. The scenery all through was appropriate and gorgeous. The orchestra, conducted by Mr Van Noorden, was again a great treat, as it always is in a representation by the Carl Rosa Company."

The company's Scottish performances in 1909 involved one week at the Alexandria, Greenock, one week at the New Gaiety, Ayr followed by two at Edinburgh's King's Theatre and two at the Glasgow Grand. 

The full schedule of 42 performances was:- 

w/c 8 Feb Mon Lohengrin; Tue Merry Wives of Windsor; Wed Maritana; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Carmen; Sat m Tannhauser; Sat e Faust.

w/c 15 Feb Mon Carmen Tue Faust; Wed Lohengrin; Thu Bohemian Girl; Fri Rigoletto; Sat m Tannhauser; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c 22 Feb Mon Lohengrin; Tue Don Giovanni; Wed Carmen; Thu Merry Wives of Windsor; Fri Marriage of Figaro; Sat m Cav and Pag; Sat e Trovatore

w/c 1 Mar Mon Carmen; Tue Marriage of Figaro; Wed Bohemian Girl; Thu Cav and Pag; Fri Esmeralda; Sat m Tannhauser; Sat e Faust.

 w/c 8 Mar Mon Lohengrin; Tue Carmen; Wed Marriage of Figaro; Thu Esmeralda; Fri Rigoletto; Sat m Cav and Pag; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c 15 Mar Mon Tannhauser; Tue Merry Wives of Windsor; Wed Bohemian Girl; Thu Cav and Pag; Fri Don Giovanni; Sat m Carmen; Sat e Faust.

 Twelve different operas plus Cav and Pag

Six Carmen; Four Cav and Pag; Faust; Lohengrin; Tannhauser

Three Merry Wives of Windsor; Marriage of Figaro; Bohemian Girl; Rigoletto; Trovatore

Two Don Giovanni; Esmeralda.

One Maritana 

Performance Cast

Mrs Ford Frau Fluth, wife of Ford

Elizabeth Burgess

Mrs Page Frau Reich, wife of Page, Anne's mother

Christine Ritz

Fenton a young gentleman

Edward Davies

Ford Herr Fluth, a Windsor merchant

Charles Victor

Page Herr Reich, a Windsor merchant

Frederick Clendon

Sir John Falstaff a knight

Arthur Winckworth

Performance DatesLustigen Weiber von Windsor 1909

Map List

Alexandra Theatre | Greenock

9 Feb, 00.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

25 Feb, 19.30

Grand Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

16 Mar, 19.30

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