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Lily of Killarney 1917O'Mara Grand Opera Company

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Sir Julius Benedict's most successful work had never quite equalled the popularity of Maritana or The Bohemian Girl, and once the war ended it quickly faded from sight.  The source play, Boucicault's Colleen Bawn, also faced oblivion, from which it has yet to show any sign of recovery.

Here, however, it still made a popular piece of easy listening for an audience (and orchestra) that had faced the challenge of Tristan a couple of nights earlier.  Indeed the Friday night Tosca was also an enormous challenge for the local players.

This was the only outing the piece had on the two-week long Scottish visit (Aberdeen followed by Dundee). Nor was it revived on the Autumn tour to Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The incomplete cast is as advertised on the day of performance, and no conductor was mentioned.  Given that the performance was a Saturday evening; after which the company would move on south of the border, it is not surprising that there is no newspaper review, either of The Lily of Killarney or of the matinee of Faust.

Performance Cast

Eily O'Connor the Colleen Bawn

Jean Gibson (Mar 31 e)

Hardress Cregan secretly married to Eily

Henry O'Dempsey (Mar 31 e)

Mrs Cregan Hardress's mother

Irene Ainsley (Mar 31 e)

Squire Corrigan holder of a mortgage on the Cregan lands

Joseph Griffin (Mar 31 e)

Myles na Coppaleen in love with Eily

Joseph O'Mara (Mar 31 e)

Danny Mann a boatman, devoted to Hardress

Flintoff Moore (Mar 31 e)

Performance DatesLily of Killarney 1917

Map List

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

31 Mar, 19.00

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