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Traviata 1924Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Carl Rosa company was in the habit of coming to Scotland in February and running its tour through the early spring. In early 1924, from 28 January to 19 April they toured Aberdeen, Perth, Greenock, Glasgow and Edinburgh. In May the company was declared bankrupt and underwent a period of reorganization. To arrive in Dundee on 22 December 1924 was unusual. To stay for a two week season even more so (indeed a unique event in the history of Carl Rosa performances in Dundee). In that era Christmas Day was not a holiday, and the company mounted a performance of Il Trovatore. On New Year's Day, Maritana was on offer. Unusual works being presented were La TraviataMarriage of Figaro and Fidelio. This fortnight in Dundee was not connected to visits to the other Scottish centres, as they left Dundee after Saturday, 3 January 1925, reappearing in Glasgow on 9 March.

Repertoire for the two Dundee weeks was as follows:

First Week: Mon Carmen, Tue Tannhäuser, Wed Tales of Hoffmann, Thu (Christmas Day) Trovatore, Fri Traviata, Sat Mat Faust, Sat Eve Bohemian Girl

Second Week: Mon Aïda, Tue Butterfly, Wed Marriage of Figaro, Thu (New Year's Day) Maritana, Fri Fidelio, Sat Mat Samson and Delilah, Sat Eve Faust.

It appears that Traviata had only just entered the Carl Rosa repertoire after a thirty year absence, and Dundee was the first Scottish city to see the staging. Cast details are compiled from the reviews in various Dundee newspapers on 27 December.

Performance Cast

Violetta Valéry a courtesan

Maude Neilson

Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo

W Ewart Thomas

Doctor Grenvil

William Minette

Flora Bervoix Violetta's friend

Helen Breen

Marquis d' Obigny

Mr J E Grimstone

Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town

William Peacock

Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend

Horace Vincent

Annina Violetta's maid

Florence Cahill

Giuseppe Violetta's servant

Parkyn Newton

Giorgio Germont Alfredo's father

Flintoff Moore

Performance DatesTraviata 1924

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King's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

26 Dec, 19.15

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