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Tannhäuser 1911Moody-Manners Opera Company

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By this time it was an unusual week of opera that did not include the most popular of Wagner's works. However there were changes - Charles Manners and Fanny Moody are conspicuously absent, and the cast is largely unknown. The new tenor, Frank Christian, had spent most of his career in German houses, but would spend a couple of seasons touring Britain, first with Moody-Manners then Carl Rosa. One note for the future is the arrival of a young Australian soprano, Eda Bennie, in the role of the Shepherd Boy. She would become a leading principal in the twenties, appearing with both Carl Rosa and BNOC. Conductor Harrison Frewin would also be an important figure in the next few years, though his feat at this stage of conducting every single performance, including two on Saturdays, must have been quite wearing.

The cast is from a programme in Aberdeen City Library, supplemented by reviews in the Dundee Advertiser and Dundee Courier.

Performance Cast

Venus

Raymonde Amy

Tannhäuser a knight and minnesinger

Frank Christian

Shepherd boy

Miss P Weste (Mar 7)

Eda Bennie (Mar 16)

Wolfram von Eschenbach a knight and minnesinger

William Farmer

Hermann Landgrave of Thuringia

Harry Brindle

Walther von der Vogelweide a knight and minnesinger

Frederick Davies

Heinrich der Schreiber a knight and minnesinger

Mr Clegg

Biterolf a knight and minnesinger

Richard Cliffe

Reinmar von Zweter a knight and minnesinger

Mr Rushell

Elisabeth niece of the Landgrave

Grace Nicoll

Performance DatesTannhäuser 1911

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

7 Mar, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

16 Mar, 19.30

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