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Carmen 1926Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Cast details for Carmen on Saturday matinee 20 February are from a programme archived in Edinburgh Central Library; there is a review of that performance in the Scotsman (22 February).

This seven week long Scottish tour, from 15 February to 3 April 1926, visited Edinburgh (two weeks), Glasgow (four) and Dundee (one). A highly unusual feature of the repertoire is the complete absence of operas by Wagner, still being given by the larger BNOC company that was also touring at this time. The Barber of Seville and La bohème, which would be a mainstay of the Carl Rosa company for the rest of its existence, now make a prominent appearance.

The Edinburgh schedule was:

First week (commencing 15 Feb): Mon Madam Butterfly, Tue Samson and Delilah, Wed Barber of Seville, Thu Faust, Fri Bohème, Sat mat Carmen, Sat eve Bohemian Girl.

Second week (commencing 22 Feb): Mon Cav & Pag, Tue Rigoletto, Wed Butterfly, Thu Maritana, Fri Trovatore, Sat mat Bohème, Sat eve Carmen.

Glasgow saw all of the above, plus a single performance of The Marriage of Figaro. A proposed performance of Fidelio on 26 March was replaced by Barber of Seville according to the Glasgow Herald of 27 March.

Dundee's programme was equally popular - Cav & Pag, Barber, Rigoletto, Bo Girl, Bohème, Butterfly and Maritana.

Performance Cast

Carmen a gypsy

Doris Woodall

Dancaïre a smuggler

Frederick Clendon

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Ben Williams

Escamillo a toreador

Leslie Jones

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Esther Martin

Lillas Pastia an innkeeper

E. Dini

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Adrienne Glynne

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Hubert Dunkerley

Micaëla a peasant girl

Jennie Bleasdale

Remendado a smuggler

William Peacock

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Franklyn Masters


Ailne Phillips

Performance DatesCarmen 1926

Map List

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

20 Feb, 14.15 27 Feb, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

1 Mar, 19.15 13 Mar, 14.15 20 Mar, 19.15

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