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Carmen 1889Carl Rosa Opera Company

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A decade after its first performances in Britain, Carmen was already established as a staple of the repertoire - a position from which it has never been dislodged. The American soprano Zélie de Lussan sang Carmen at the New York Met and Covent Garden - and many times in Scotland! Her arrival meant that Fanny Moody, having herself sung the title role in the spring, moved to the less high-profile part of Micaëla (and the previous Micaëla switched to Frasquita).

Annie Cook, in addition to being the daughter of Aynsley Cook, was married to Eugene Goossens II, who would soon join his father in conducting duties. She was therefore the mother of five supremely musical children - conductor and composer Eugene III, oboist Leon, two very long-lived harpists Marie and Sidonie, as well as a talented horn-player Adolf (who was killed during the first world war).

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Mr P Somers

Micaëla a peasant girl

Kate Drew (May)

Fanny Moody (Nov)

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Barton McGuckin

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Charles Campbell

Carmen a gypsy

Fanny Moody (May)

Zélie de Lussan (Nov)

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Rita Presano (May)

Kate Drew (Nov)

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Annie Cook (May)

Jeanie Rosse (Nov)

Lillas Pastia an innkeeper

Charles Stewart

Escamillo a toreador

Leslie Crotty (May)

Max Eugene (Nov)

Dancaïre a smuggler

Aynsley Cook

Remendado a smuggler

Wilfred Esmond

Performance DatesCarmen 1889

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 May, 00.00 12 Nov, 00.00 16 Nov, 00.00 22 Nov, 00.00

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

18 May, 19.00 26 Nov, 19.30 29 Nov, 19.30

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