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Mignon 1912Carl Rosa Opera Company

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For the previous four years, the single week of touring opera granted to the two northeast cities had been supplied by Moody-Manners. The Carl Rosa company had been absent for even longer than that, but now returned in full force.

The programme for the Aberdeen visit was: Mon Mignon; Tue Tannhäuser; Wed The Merry Wives of Windsor; Thu Faust; Fri The Queen of Sheba; Sat mat Carmen and Sat eve Il trovatore. They moved south the following week, with the same operas, though played in a different order. The one exception was Merry Wives, which was replaced by Cav & Pag.

Mignon had been a fixture in the Rosa repertoire in the company's early years. A charming piece, much loved by Victorian audiences, it had not been seen since the mid-nineties. It would continue to appear until the end of the decade, but would then vanish until the twenty-first century.

Perhaps the most notable feature of the cast is the arrival of the Australian soprano Beatrice Miranda, also appearing in Merry Wives. She quickly became a star of the company, eventually singing major dramatic roles, including Wagner. She later settled in Edinburgh, becoming an important teacher and an influence on musical life in the city.

Cast details are from a programme in Aberdeen City Library, and reviews in the Dundee Advertiser and Dundee Courier & Argus.

Performance Cast

Mignon stolen in childhood

Ina Hill

Philine an actress

Beatrice Miranda

Frédéric a young nobleman

Phyllis Archibald

Wilhelm Meister a student

Charles Neville

Laërte an actor

Frederick Clendon

Lothario a wandering minstrel

Arthur Winckworth

Jarno a gypsy

Miller Reid

Antonio a servant

Leslie Austin

Performance DatesMignon 1912

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

29 Jan, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

5 Feb, 19.30

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