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Faust 1920Carl Rosa Opera Company

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On Monday 13 December, the Carl Rosa company began a four-week Christmas - New Year season in Aberdeen (ending Saturday, 8 January 1921), with a completely different group of performers from those who had visited the central belt in the spring. The Directors were billed as Mrs Carl Rosa and Walter van Noorden, a former conductor.  The Acting Manager was Edward Taylor and Stage Director Harison Cook. Conductors were Wynn Reeves and John Cope, with Alfeo Turato as their assistant.

The first week, commencing 13 December, was: Mon Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Tannhäuser; Wed Faust; Thu Carmen; Fri Bohème; Sat mat Mignon; Sat eve Trovatore.

Second week, commencing 20 December: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Butterfky; Wed Rigoletto; Thu Marriage of Figaro; Fri Daughter of the Regiment; Sat mat Tales of Hoffmann; Sat eve Carmen.

Third week, commencing 27 December: Mon Faust; Tue Trovatore; Wed Pro Patria & Pagliacci; Thu Bohème; Fri Tannhäuser; Sat mat Madam Butterfly; Sat eve Maritana.

Fourth week, commencing 3 January 1921: Mon Carmen, Tue Tales of Hoffmann, Wed Mignon, Thu Angelus, Fri Faust, Sat mat Trovatore, Sat eve Bohemian Girl.

Several of the singers in the new team enjoyed notable careers with Carl Rosa and other companies, including Ethel Austen, Constance Willis, Olive Gilbert, Eda Bennie and Appleton Moore .

The casts for 15 and 27 December are from programmes in Aberdeen City Library. Theere is an addititonal copy for 15 December in the V&A Collection in London; one for 22 April in Edinburgh Central Library, with a different cast.

Performance Cast

Siébel a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite

Gladys Parr (22 April)

Beatrice Waycott

Wagner a student of Dr Faust

Albert Chapman (22 April)

Mr L Hodgkinson


Gladys Cranston (22 April)

Kate Campion (Dec 15)

Eda Bennie (Dec 27)

Valentin Marguerite's brother

Hebden Foster (22 April)

Appleton Moore

Méphistophélès the devil

Arthur Winckworth (22 April)

Harison Cook

Faust a learned doctor

Hughes Macklin (22 April)

Gwynne Davies

Marthe a neighbour

Norah Roy (22 April)

Olive Gilbert

Performance DatesFaust 1920

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

23 Feb, 19.15 10 Mar, 19.15 26 Mar, 19.15 3 Apr, 14.00 3 Jul, 19.15 15 Jul, 19.15 15 Jul, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

22 Apr, 19.15

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

15 Dec, 19.30 27 Dec, 19.30

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