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Carmen 1951Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Carl Rosa week in Aberdeen, commencing Monday 30 April, contained one relative novelty by Wagner, but was otherwise much as usual. The conductors Arthur Hammond and Maurits Sillem would also remain fixtures for several years. It is noticeable that on this occasion the Chorus Master is Alexander Faris, the Repetiteur Edward Downes. Maybe these two would rarely be seen in Scotland again, but they certainly had prominent careers elsewhere.

Cast details are from a programme in Aberdeen City Library.

The company performed for four weeks in Glasgow then one in Aberdeen. The final lap, of two weeks in Edinburgh, was cancelled due to structural work having to take place in the King’s Theatre.

The schedule was as follows:-

w/c Mon 2 Apr Barber; Tue Butterfly; Wed Carmen; Thu Bohème; Fri Dutchman; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Cav and Pag

w/c Mon 9 Apr Rigoletto; Tue Traviata; Wed Bohème; Thu Faust; Fri Trovatore; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Carmen.

w/c Mon 16 Apr Dutchman; Tue Bohème; Wed Rigoletto; Thu Butterfly; Fri Barber; Sat m Cav and Pag Sat e Traviata

w/c Mon 23 Apr Mon Cav and Pag; Tue Carmen; Wed Butterfly; Thu Traviata; Fri Faust; Sat m Barber; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c Mon 30 Apr Cav and Pag; Tue Rigoletto; Wed Bohème; Thu Carmen; Fri Dutchman; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Barber.

Apart from Cav and Pag, nine operas were performed.

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Ronald Eddolls

Micaëla a peasant girl

Una Hale

Don José a corporal of dragoons

John Myrddin

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Ernest Thomas

Carmen a gypsy

Gita Denise

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Muriel Whone

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Irene Watson

Lillas Pastia an innkeeper

Hubert Dunkerley

Escamillo a toreador

Arthur Wallington

Dancaïre a smuggler

Frederick Wood

Remendado a smuggler

David Lewis


Peter Harrison


Catherine O'Hare

Performance DatesCarmen 1951

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

4 Apr, 19.15 14 Apr, 19.15 24 Apr, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

3 May, 19.30

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