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Tannhäuser 1919Carl Rosa Opera Company

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A review is given in the Scotsman (20 March). 

"Wagner had his single representation during the present visit to Edinburgh of the Carl Rosa Company last night with Tannhauser. Effective as a piece of drama, amd with gorgeous musci which is always as clear and intelligible as the moral of the story,  Tannhauser displays no weakening of its hold upon popular favour, and there was not an empty seat in the house. The cast was more or less familiar.  Mr William Boland has appeared in Edinburgh before in the title role.  His interpretation of the character last night showed a general advance in qulaity, both musically and dramatically.  The Elisabeth of Miss Beatrice Miranda, too, is well known, and here, also, was the gain in effectivenes which comes to the thoughtful artist.  The Venus of Miss Eva Turner, one of the most interesting artists in the Carl Rosa company, was another fine performance. The Wolfram of Mr Hebden Foster and Mr Arthur Winckworth's Landgrave displayed their familiar excellence, and the remaining characters were all good.  The one defect of the performance was that a disposition to take the opera at too great a speed interfered somewhat with the tunefulness and precision of the orchestra.  Mr Herbert Ferrers conducted."

A review in the Glasgow Herald (8 December) reviewed a performance by the Phillips section of the carl Rosa Comppany in less than flattering terms, "but later performances showed much improved form.  That the harping, for example, of the minstrel knights in the tournament in Tannhauser had to be done by a piano in the wings was fatal to illusion. A ballet of four, too, can barely be called adequate. there are, however, some good singers in the company, and these are able to carry the performance through with a large measure of success."

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 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.

The cast for Wednesday 22 January is from a programme in Aberdeen City Library. Further details are compiled from reviews in the Dundee Advertiser, Dundee Courier & Argus and Dundee Evening Telegraph & Post (all in Dundee City Library).  A programme for the performance of 19 March also survives in the archives of Edinburgh Central 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 ToscaWed Tannhauser; Thu MignonFri Carmen; Sat m Madam ButterflySat e Faust. AHMT

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

w/c Mon 3 Feb Tannhauser; Tue BohèmeWed 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 GiovanniSat 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 performing in Liverpool

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 Cavand Pag; Sat e Tales of Hoffmann


Thirteen weeks @seven performances = ninety-one

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

Elisabeth niece of the Landgrave

Eva Turner (22 Jan)

Beatrice Miranda (Jan 28)


May Crowley

Tannhäuser a knight and minnesinger

William Boland

Shepherd boy

Dorothy Lawson-Taylor

Hermann Landgrave of Thuringia

Arthur Winckworth

Wolfram von Eschenbach a knight and minnesinger

Hebden Foster

Walther von der Vogelweide a knight and minnesinger

Lovat Crosley

Heinrich der Schreiber a knight and minnesinger

Robert Brookes

Biterolf a knight and minnesinger

Frederick Clendon

Reinmar von Zweter a knight and minnesinger

Charles Bloomfield

Performance DatesTannhäuser 1919

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

22 Jan, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

28 Jan, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

3 Feb, 19.15 18 Feb, 19.15 28 Feb, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

19 Mar, 19.30

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