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Bohemian Girl 1891Carl Rosa Opera Company

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While singers may have become bored with the continuous repetition of standard works, there can be no doubt that they provided a good steady income.  Some, like John Child, Josephine Yorke and Aynsley Cook, sang these roles regularly for years. For Alec Marsh and the ladies on the spring tour, such performances may have been more of a rarity. In the spring season, Bohemian Girl was also in the repertoire of the second Carl Rosa team,  Marie Roze's Carmen company, and their performances in Edinburgh and Glasgow were in consecutive weeks alternating with the main group.

The reviewer in the Glasgow Evening Post (16 November) had little to say, but closed "the audience was most demonstratve, and all the well-known numbers were redemanded as usual". 

The reviewer in the Glasgow Evening Post (21 November) wrote "A somewhat thin house last night witnessed the second performance of the Bohemian Girl by the Carl Rosa Company during this engagement.  Vocally, the performance was a good one, but it would have been better if a little more action had been infused with it.  Mr John Child was a capital Thaddeus, and his singing, tasteful as it was throughout, was especially good in the solo 'When the Fair Land of Poland', which was marked by a high dramatic quality and a fervour that elicited the heartiest applause.  As Count Arnheim, Mr Bowman Ralston was seen to the greatest advantage, and nothing could have been finer than his singing of 'The Heart Bowed Down'.  Mr Aynsley Cook was a picturesque Devilshoof, and Mr Rhys Thomas an amusing Florestein.  Miss Josephine Yorke gave a dramatic rendering of the part of the Gipsy Queen, and Miss Alice Esty was a pleasing, if somewhat conventional Arline.  Mr Claude Jaquinot conducted."

The Scotsman review (30 November) confirmed the November cast, pointing out "Judging by the attendance on Saturday night, the Bohemian Girl is beginning to pall in the public estimation.  The cheaper parts of the theatre were well filled, but in the other portions the attendance was meagre.  Theough the audience was not large it was appreciative...repetition has in no way affected Mr Aynsley Cook in the character of Devilshoof, and the quiet humour which he infuses into the part was as usual greatly appreciated."


Casts are as advertised.

Performance Cast

Arline Arnheim's daughter

Amanda Fabris (Apr 1)

Georgina Burns (Nov)

Thaddeus a proscribed Pole

John Child

Count Arnheim Governor of Pressburg

Alec Marsh (Apr 1)

Bowman Ralston (Nov)

Devilshoof leader of the gypsies

Aynsley Cook

Queen of the Gypsies

Helen von Doenhoff (Apr 1)

Josephine Yorke (Nov)

Florestein nephew of the Count

Rhys Thomas

Buda Arline's nurse

Annie Cook

Production Cast


Claude Jaquinot

Performance DatesBohemian Girl 1891

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

1 Apr, 19.30 14 Nov, 00.00 20 Nov, 00.00

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

28 Nov, 19.00 3 Dec, 19.30

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