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Bohemian Girl 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.

Perhaps there is one thing that seems slightly odd about scheduling a popular favourite like Bo Girl for the closing Saturday slot. The company had not performed it previously during the four week visit, which is one way to avoid boredom or routine.

Performance Cast

Arline Arnheim's daughter

Lea Felissa

Thaddeus a proscribed Pole

Albert Bond

Count Arnheim Governor of Pressburg

Appleton Moore

Queen of the Gypsies

Beatrice Waycott

Devilshoof leader of the gypsies

Harison Cook


James Rennie

Florestein nephew of the Count

Ben Williams

Buda Arline's nurse

Muriel Coleman

Performance DatesBohemian Girl 1921

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

8 Jan, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

5 Mar, 19.15 15 Mar, 19.15 9 Apr, 14.00

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