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Pro Patria 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.

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 cast is from a programme in Aberdeen City Library.


This new opera by Percy Colson here received its only performance in Scotland. It was staged as the first half of a double bill to be followed by the then established Pagliacci. Leoncavallo's masterpiece had featured the previous week with its usual companion Cavalleria Rusticana. It is surprising that Pro Patria was only seen in Aberdeen but it wasn't in the repertoire by the time the company went to Glasgow.


The first Aberdeen 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.

Performance DatesPro Patria 1920

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His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

29 Dec, 19.30

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