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Bohème 1929Edinburgh Opera Company

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This week-long season of opera by the enterprising Edinburgh group shows very unusual choice of repertoire. The week was framed by two performances of La bohème, a common enough work.

On this occasion, Rodolfo was sung by the internationally-renowned Edinburgh-born tenor Joseph Hislop, in his only operatic appearance in Scotland. On the Wednesday he appeared as Canio in Pagliacci, coupled with Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. The remaining four performances during the week saw the first performances of The Bride of Dionysus, the only opera composed by Sir Donald Tovey, Reid Professor of Music at Edinburgh University.

The performances featured another Scottish professional singer, in the form of Carl Rosa soprano Helen Ogilvie as Mimì. The conductor for both Puccini and Leoncavallo was none other than John Barbirolli. One feature that seems unusual to us today, though it was a common-enough practice at the time, was for all the singing to be in English except for the fact that Hislop sang in Italian.

Data is from a framed display in the foyer of the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

Performance Cast

Marcello a painter

Frank Brady

Rodolfo a poet

Joseph Hislop

Colline a philosopher

John Thorburn

Schaunard a musician

Charles MacKay

Benoit the students' landlord

William Fraser

Mimì a seamstress

Helen Ogilvie

Parpignol a toy vendor

Loudoun Shepherd

Musetta a grisette

Margaret F Stewart (Apr 22)

Dorothy King (Apr 27)

Alcindoro a wealthy follower of Musetta

William Fraser

Custom-house Sergeant

Mr J L McIntosh

Performance DatesBohème 1929

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Empire Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

22 Apr, 19.30 27 Apr, 19.00

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