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Mignon 1919Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The senior management of the Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company during the spring tour was headed by two 'Controlling Directors', Mrs Carl Rosa, widow of the founder and Walter van Noorden, who had conducted them in earlier years. The Artistic Director was the experienced bass Arthur Winckworth, still active on stage, and the General Business Manager was Henry Barrett Brandreth. Conducting duties were divided between Henriquez de la Fuente and Herbert Ferrers. By the time of the winter season, a new General Manager was in place, Mr H B Phillips.

The repertoire for the two weeks in the north was:

Week commencing Monday 20 January (Aberdeen): Mon Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Tosca; Wed Tannhäuser; Thu Mignon; Fri Carmen; Sat mat Madam Butterfly; Sat eve Faust.

Week commencing Monday 27 January (Dundee): Mon Hoffmann; Tue Tannhäuser; Wed Faust; Thu Butterfly; Fri Mignon; Sat mat Hoffmann; Sat eve Trovatore. After Dundee, the company moved to Glasgow.

The week commencing 27 January was the last week of opera to be seen in Dundee  for several years. Her Majesty's, a beautiful, atmospheric, popular - and profitable - theatre since 1885, was about to be purchased by a London-based cinema company. This event caused widespread outrage, but was a fait accompli, never to be reversed.

Mignon had been a fixture of the Carl Rosa repertoire for forty years, but it was now, it seems, losing its attraction - this was almost its last appearance on a Scottish tour - only 1920 to go.

The programme for the Dundee week (commencing 27 January 1919) was Mon Hoffmann; Tue Tannhäuser; Wed Faust; Thu Butterfly; Fri Mignon; Sat mat Hoffmann; Sat eve Trovatore.

Cast details for Aberdeen, Thursday 23 January are from a programme in Aberdeen City Library. Those for Dundee, Friday 1 February, compiled from reviews in the Dundee Advertiser. The Dundee Courier & Argus and Dundee Evening Telegraph & Post did not cover it (all in Dundee City Library).

Further tour dates to be added

Performance Cast

Mignon stolen in childhood

Clara Simons

Philine an actress

Florence Barron

Frédéric a young nobleman

Gladys Parr

Wilhelm Meister a student

Hughes Macklin (Jan 23)

Lovat Crosley (Jan 31)

Laërte an actor

Frederick Clendon

Lothario a wandering minstrel

Arthur Winckworth

Jarno a gypsy

George Gorst (Jan 23)

Performance DatesMignon 1919

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

23 Jan, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

31 Jan, 19.30

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