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Nozze di Figaro 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 was the only performance of the opera during the visit. During the four weeks in Aberdeen other operas only had one performance, including Verid's Rigoletto, Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment and two completely unfamiliar works in Pro Patria (Colston) and Angelus (Naylor).

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.

Performance Cast

Figaro the Count's valet

Frank Clarke

Susanna the Countess's maid

Eda Bennie

Bartolo a doctor, the Countess's former guardian

Harison Cook

Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper

Olive Gilbert

Cherubino the Count's page

Constance Willis

Count Almaviva

Appleton Moore

Don Basilio a priest and music master

Albert Bond

Countess Almaviva

Annie Wallace

Antonio a gardener, Susanna's uncle

Sydney Wells

Don Curzio a lawyer

Ben Williams

Barbarina daugher of Antonio

Muriel Coleman

Performance DatesNozze di Figaro 1920

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His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

23 Dec, 19.30

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