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Daughter of the Regiment 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, 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 Monday 27 December: Mon Faust; Tue Trovatore' Wed Pro Patria & Pagliacci; Thu Bohème ; Fri Tannhäuser; Sat mat Madam Butterfly; Sat eve Maritana.

Fourth week, commencing Monday 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.

Donizetti's comedy maintained its popularity in Victorian times, especially while the Carl Rosa management had Zélie de Lussan as a particularly vivacious star. To judge from the names of the characters in the edition used, Bruno, Babette (or Flora), etc with others added, this version differed substantially from the true text. For whatever reason, the work was now receiving its last revival from the Carl Rosa team, The cast is from a programme in Aberdeen City Library.

Further tour dates to be confirmed.

Performance Cast

Marquise de Birkenfeld

Annie Wallace

Hortensio steward to the Marquise (Bruno)

Albert Felton

Sulpice a sergeant of Grenadiers

Harison Cook

Marie a foundling

Lea Felissa

Tonio a Tyrolean peasant

Albert Bond

Corporal (Max)

Trevor Evans


Mr S Gibson

Flora a maid (Babette)

Muriel Coleman

Performance DatesDaughter of the Regiment 1920

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His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

24 Dec, 19.30

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