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Carmen 1921Carl Rosa Opera Company

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On Monday 13 December 1920, 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 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 cast is from a programme in Aberdeen City Library and is much as appeared earlier on the visit.

By the time of the matinee performance on 16 April at the Lyceum, there were a different cast, attested by the programme archived in the Edinburgh Central Library.  On this, the name of Kingslay Lark has been written over the printed name of Hebden Foster in the role of Escamillo.

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Mr L Hodgkinson

Tom Rowland (16 April)

Micaëla a peasant girl

Lea Felissa

Gladys Cranston (16 April)

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Louis Dornay

John Perry (16 April)

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Henry Hardy

Oliver Allwood (16 April)

Carmen a gypsy

Beatrice Waycott

Doris Woodall (16 April)

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Doris Scargill

Winifred Geverding (16 April)

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Olive Gilbert

Gladys Parker (16 April)

Lillas Pastia an innkeeper

Albert Felton

Albert Broad (16 April)

Escamillo a toreador

Frank Clarke

Kingsley Lark (16 April)

Dancaïre a smuggler

Trevor Evans

Frederick Clendon (16 April)

Remendado a smuggler

Mr S Gibson

Reginald Gordon (16 April)

Performance DatesCarmen 1921

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

3 Jan, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

19 Feb, 14.00 3 Mar, 19.15 3 Mar, 19.15 16 Mar, 19.15 28 Mar, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

16 Apr, 14.00

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