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Fliegende Holländer 1877Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The performance on 23rd February was the first appearance of The Flying Dutchman in Scotland, as well as being the first Scottish production of a Wagner opera in English.   When Lohengrin had been performed a couple of years previously, it had been sung in Italian as was the custom in those days- see details here

In the Scotsman the following morning, their reviewer, apparently well-travelled, said “All the scenic effects, except the final apotheosis, were nearly as well given as at the great opera houses in Germany. The two ships were excellent, and a better stage representation of a stormy sea could hardly be possible”.

This was also a strong cast. The Dutchman, or Vanderdecken, as the part was usually known then, was a role for which Charles Santley was renowned.   Later in 1877 Santley retired from the operatic stage and devoted the rest of a long career to concert and recital work.

The Irish baritone William Ludwig also made a reputation in the part and continued to sing major roles with the company for many years.

Performance Cast

Daland a Norwegian sea captain

Aynsley Cook


Mr J W Turner


Charles Santley (Feb; Mar)

William Ludwig (Sep)

Mary Daland's housekeeper, once Senta's nurse

Lucy Franklein

Senta Daland's daughter

Ostava Torriani (Feb; Mar)

Blanche Cole (Sep)

Erik a huntsman

Fred C Packard

Performance DatesFliegende Holländer 1877

Map List

Edinburgh Theatre, Castle Terrace | Edinburgh

23 Feb, 19.30 26 Feb, 00.00 1 Mar, 00.00 3 Mar, 14.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

7 Mar, 00.00 10 Mar, 14.30 19 Sep, 00.00 25 Sep, 00.00

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