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Fliegende Holländer 1913Denhof Opera Company

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The astonishing phenomenon that was the Edinburgh-based Denhof Opera Company received great critical acclaim for their ambitious repertoire and high standard of presentation. Sadly, audience numbers were sometimes disappointing (especially in Manchester). This season saw the Scottish premieres of Der Rosenkavalier and Pelléas et Mélisande, with further performances of Elektra, brought back from the 1912 season. Conducting duties were shared between Thomas Beecham (who conducted Mastersingers, Tristan, his first Ring cycles and Magic Flute) and his assistant, Hans Schilling-Ziemssen.

Repertoire for the Manchester week, commencing Monday 29 September was Mon: Rosenkavalier; Tue Tristan; Wed Magic Flute; Thu Pelléas; Fri Elektra; Sat mat Rosenkavalier and Sat eve Flying Dutchman. The second Manchester week was cancelled because of heavy losses but the company was quickly reconstituted with the financial help of Beecham to allow much of the rest of the tour to take place. Edinburgh survived in the schedule, but the last weeks in Aberdeen and Glasgow were dropped. After much publicity, the company returned to Manchester for a second week, commencing 3 November (in preference to the originally planned second week at Liverpool). This week featured a Ring cycle, and the full schedule was: Mon Rheingold; Tue Valkyrie, Wed Siegfried; Thu Rosenkavalier; Fri Twilight of the Gods; Sat mat Orpheus and Euridice; Sat eve Mastersingers.

Cast details are from an advertising playbill for the Manchester week in Manchester City Library.

Performance Cast

Daland a Norwegian sea captain

Frederick Ranalow


Leon de Souza


Charles Knowles

Mary Daland's housekeeper, once Senta's nurse

Molly Deane

Senta Daland's daughter

Edith Evans

Erik a huntsman

Frederick Blamey

Performance DatesFliegende Holländer 1913

Map List

Prince of Wales Theatre, Birmingham | Birmingham

17 Sep, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Manchester | Manchester

4 Oct, 19.30

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield | Sheffield

16 Oct, 19.30

Shakespeare Theatre | Liverpool

1 Nov, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle-upon-Tyne

12 Nov, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

22 Nov, 19.30

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