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Bohème 1937Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Although the Carl Rosa had been the first company in Britain to perform Bohème, the opera does not seem to have yet gained the level of popularity enjoyed by Butterfly, even if it far outstripped Tosca.

The Edinburgh performance were reviewed in the Scotsman (25 March). "A Carl Rosa production is notable for its fine ensemble, and everything last night was in admirable keeping. If exception might be taken to anything, the oterwise excellent work of the orchestra occasionally, and principally in the first act, did not admit of the voices coming through with complete effect. Actually they came through, but with some sacrifice of quality." A copy of the programme survives in the archives of the National Library of Scotland.

This was part of Carl Rosa Opera's 1937 tour. (They had missed out visiting Scotland in 1936).

A conventional repertoire was presented for a week at the King's Theatre Edinburgh, followed by two weeks at the King's Theatre Glasgow.

Mon 23 Mar Cav & Pag; Tue Butterfly; Wed Boheme; Thu Faust; Fri Fledermaus; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Carmen.

Mon 30 Fledermaus; Tue Boheme; Wed Carmen; Thu Traviata; Fri Tannhauser; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Faust

Mon 5 Apr Butterfly; Tue Barber of Seville; Wed Fledermaus; Thu Carmen; Fri Cav & Pag; Sat m Boheme; Sat e Maritana

Performance Cast

Rodolfo a poet

Ivor John

Marcello a painter

Hubert Dunkerley

Colline a philosopher

Kingsley Lark

Schaunard a musician

George Hancock

Mimì a seamstress

Luella Paikin

Parpignol a toy vendor

Gwilym Jones

Musetta a grisette

Pauline Maunder

Alcindoro a wealthy follower of Musetta

Howell Glynne

Custom-house Sergeant

Cecil Lloyd

Performance DatesBohème 1937

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

24 Mar, 19.45

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

30 Mar, 19.45 10 Apr, 14.30

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