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Fanciulla del West 1917Beecham Grand Opera Company

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Sir Thomas Beecham's Grand Opera Company spent the three weeks commencing 5 March 1917 in Edinburgh during the course of a national tour.

The Edinburgh schedule was as follows:

First week: Mon Aïda; Tue Louise; Wed Bohème; Thu Tristan; Fri Boris Godunov; Sat mat Cav & Pag; Sat eve Butterfly.

Second week: Mon Seraglio; Tue Samson & Delilah; Wed mat Bohème; Wed eve Tristan; Thu Tosca; Fri Aïda; Sat mat Butterfly; Sat eve Boris Godunov.

Third week: Mon Magic Flute; Tue Otello; Wed mat Samson & Delilah; Wed eve Bohème; Thu Girl of the Golden West; Fri Faust; Sat mat Magic Flute; Sat eve Cav & Pag.

At this second Scottish appearance of the Girl of the Golden West, the same soprano appeared once more as Minnie. Indeed the whole staging had been inherited by Beecham from its originator, the Quinlan company. This would be the work's last appearance in Scotland for some forty-five years. When the Beecham Company folded in 1922, many of its singers moved to the new BNOC, including the character tenor Sydney Russell. Norman Allin and Walter Hyde were leading members and directors of that company throughout its existence.

Abbreviated cast details are from a review in The Scotsman.

Performance Cast

Minnie Innkeeper

Jeanne Brola

Dick Johnson a bandit, real name Ramirrez

Walter Hyde

Jack Rance sheriff

Robert Parker

Nick bartender at the 'Polka' saloon

Sydney Russell

Ashby Wells Fargo agent

Albert Chapman

Jake Wallace a travelling minstrel

Norman Allin

Sonora a miner

Powell Edwards

Larkens a miner

Foster Richardson

Performance DatesFanciulla del West 1917

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

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