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Irene Ainsley was the leading dramatic mezzo of the O'Mara Opera Company for two seasons in the middle of the First World War.

Her repertoire included Meyerbeer (Urbain Les Huguenots);  Benedict (Mrs Cregan The Lily of Killarney);  Balfe (Queen of the Gypsies);  Verdi (Azucena);  Gounod (Siébel) and  Bizet (Carmen).

Roles in Scotland

Azucena a Biscayan gypsy woman
Trovatore 1916
Urbain page to Marguerite
Huguenots 1916
Siébel a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite
Faust 1917
Mrs Cregan Hardress's mother
Lily of Killarney 1917
Carmen a gypsy
Carmen 1917
Queen of the Gypsies
Bohemian Girl 1917

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