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Mignon 1919Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Aberdeen Press and Journal (24 January) reviewed Carl Rosa Company's Mignon, noting the Company had claimed the performing rights since their first around forty years previously. 

"Last night's performance brought into prominence one member of the Carl Rosa combination not previously heard.  Miss Clara Simons was in this role.  This lady is endowed with a voice of charming quality, a trifle light perhaps, but sweet and melodious.... Mr Stephen Macklin made an ideal Wilhelm; Mr Arthur Winckworth's Lothario was consistent, and Mr Frederick Clendon's Laertes full of comedy point.  Miss Gladys Parr, too, made a good deal out of the part of Frederick. The chorus did excellent service, and the orchestra was probably at its very best in the accompaniments. The overture and the introductories to the second and third acts were givena splendid rendering, and the gavotte, the chief theme of the opera, was skillfully played.  Mignon, from all points, was one of the most finished of the week's operas."

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. 

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, but it was now, it seems, losing its attraction - this was almost its last appearance on a Scottish tour - only 1920 to go.

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).

The season consisted one week at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre (AHMT), then one week at Dundee’s Her Majesty’s Theatre (DHMT). There followed four weeks at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal (GTR). Following a break of one week, there were two weeks at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum (ERL), then later still another two in Glasgow (GTR). Ten weeks, followed by a further three in December to give thirteen. By now, the company were running a number of separate companies, the Phillips section giving the December performances.

w/c Mon Jan 20 Tales of Hoffmann Tue Tosca; Wed Tannhauser; Thu Mignon; Fri Carmen; Sat m Madam Butterfly; Sat e Faust. AHMT

w/c Mon Jan 27 Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Tannhauser; Wed Faust; Thu Madam Butterfly; Fri Mignon; Sat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Trovatore. DHMT 

w/c Mon 3 Feb Tannhauser; Tue Bohème; Wed Madam Butterfly; Thu Trovatore; Fri Tosca; Sat m Mignon; Sat e Tales of Hoffmann. GTR 

w/c Mon 10 Feb Cav and Pag; Tue Faust; Wed Carmen; Thu Tales of Hoffmann; Fri Madam Butterfly; Sat m Tosca; Sat e Maritana. GTR

w/c Mon 17 Feb Bohème; Tue Tannhauser; Wed Mignon; Thu Cav and Pag; Fri Don Giovanni; Sat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Trovatore. GTR

w/c Mon 24 Feb Carmen; Tue Rigoletto; Wed Carmen; Thu Faust; Fri Tannhauser; Sat m Madam Butterfly; Sat e Bohemian Girl. GTR

w/c Mon 3 Mar Company at King's Theatre, Greenock

w/c Mon 10 Mar Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Tosca  ; Wed Faust; Thu Madam Butterfly; Fri Don Giovanni; Sat m Cav and Pag; Sat e Maritana. ERL

w/c Mon 17 Mar Tosca; Tue Tales of Hoffmann; Wed Tannhauser; Thu Bohème; Fri Carmen; Sat m Mignon; Sat e Trovatore; ERL

w/c Mon 30 Jun Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Carmen; Wed Mignon; Thu Cav and Pag; Fri Three Masks; Sat m Madam Butterfly; Sat e Faust GTR

w/c Mon 7 Jul Three Masks; Tue Trovatore; Wed Daughter of the Regiment; Thu Carmen; Fri Marriage of Figaro; Sat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Maritana GTR

w/c Mon 1 Dec Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Carmen; Wed Faust; Thu Cav and Pag; Fri Tannhauser; Sat m Romeo and Juliet; Sat e Rigoletto.

w/c Mon 8 Dec Cav and Pag; Tue Trovatore; Wed Romeo and Juliet; Thu Lily of Killarney; Fri Faust; Sat m Traviata; Sat e Tales of Hoffmann.

w/c Mon 15 Dec Carmen; Tue Tannhauser; Wed Maritana; Thu Rigoletto; Fri Romeo and Juliet; Sat m Cav and Pag; Sat e Tales of Hoffmann


Fifteen weeks @seven performances = one hundred and five

Thirteen Tales of Hoffmann

Eight Carmen; Tannhauser; Faust

Seven; Madam Butterfly; Cav and Pag

Six Mignon

Five Trovatore; Tosca

Four Cav and Pag; Maritana

Three Bohème; Romeo and Juliet

Two Three Masks; Don Giovanni; Rigoletto

One Marriage of Figaro; Daughter of the Regiment; Bohemian Girl; Traviata; Lily of Killarney

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 (23 Jan)

Lovat Crosley (31 Jan, 22 Mar)

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

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

8 Feb, 14.00 8 Feb, 19.15 19 Feb, 19.15 19 Mar, 19.15 2 Jul, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

22 Mar, 14.00

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