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Faust 1937Carl Rosa Opera Company

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There can't have been many visits by the Carl Rosa that failed to include a performance of Faust, still a hugely popular piece at this time. It seemed in the nineteen-sixties that it had reached the end of its useful life, but after a decade or two of reasonable obscurity it resurfaced, and, while it is hard to imagine it could ever regain the level of popularity it used to have, it is now much appreciated by audiences and directors.

A review appeared in the Scotsman (26 March). "It is long since a better faust than Mr John torney has been heard in Edinburgh. He has a magnificent voice with great freedom in its upper register, and the effortless beauty of his singing in the Garden Scene was a revelation...Miss Helen Ogilvie has that priceless quality in a singer, the suggestion of youthful freshness. vocally and dramatically..."

The cast is from our pair of programmes covering the entire week in Edinburgh.

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

Faust a learned doctor

John Torney

Méphistophélès the devil

Kingsley Lark

Valentin Marguerite's brother

Leyland White

Wagner a student of Dr Faust

Ernest Frank


Helen Ogilvie

Siébel a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite

Betty Thompson

Marthe a neighbour

Elisabeth Aveling

Performance DatesFaust 1937

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

25 Mar, 19.45

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

3 Apr, 19.45

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