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Lady in White The Lady in White; La Dame Blanche

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1880s - 1 tour

1882 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

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François-Adrien Boïeldieu (born Rouen, 16 December 1775; died Jarcy, 8 October 1834)


Eugène Scribe (1791-1861)


Novels The Monastery (1820) and Guy Mannering (1815) by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832).



First performance: Paris (Opéra Comique), 10 December 1825.

First performance in UK: London (Drury Lane), 9 October 1826.

First performance in Scotland: Edinburgh (Theatre Royal), 2 November 1882..

Scottish Opera première: N/A.



La Dame Blanche was one of the most successful romantic French operas of its period, prior to the arrival of Meyerbeer, Berlioz, Gounod, Bizet, etc.


Main characters

George Brown, an English officer (tenor)

Dickson, a Scottish farmer (tenor)

Jenny, Dickson's wife (soprano)

Gaveston, former steward to the Avenel family (bass)

Anna, his ward (soprano)


Plot summary

This is not to be confused with the later detective novel The Woman in White (1860), by Wilkie Collins (1824-89). The setting is Scotland during the Jacobite period. The Avenel's, a family of Jacobites, have fled abroad and their estate is to be sold. George Brown turns out to be the rightful heir, (kidnapped in childhood, given a false name, and having no recollection of the true facts). The Avenel side of the plot, with the supernatural White Lady, is lifted from The Monastery, which has a plot completely unrelated to Guy Mannering, which supplies the main George Brown element of the plot, though most of the detail of that story is filleted out. Anna recognises George as an officer she had once nursed (in Guy Mannering this occurs in India, but that element of Scott is also much simplified).

The Cast

 ward of Gaveston
 a farmer
 a farm servant of Dickson
 former steward of the Lords of Avenel
 a young English officer
 Dickson's wife
 a district judge
 an old servant of the Lords of Avenel

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