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Bohemian Girl 1926Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Partial cast details are from a review of Saturday 20 February performance in Monday's Scotsman, with a further note in the Dundee Evening Telegraph of 2 April.

A complete cast for the performance of 20 February is contained in a programme archived in Edinburgh Central Library.

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. An advertised performance of Fidelio, to be given on 26 March, was replaced by a further performance of Barber of Seville, according to the Glasgow Herald of 27 March.

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

Performance Cast

Arline Arnheim's daughter

Eda Bennie (Feb 20 e; Apr 1)

Thaddeus a proscribed Pole

John Perry (Feb 20 e)

Horace Vincent (Apr 1)

Count Arnheim Governor of Pressburg

Flintoff Moore (Feb 20 e)

Hubert Dunkerley (Apr 1)

Queen of the Gypsies

Olive Gilbert (Feb 20 e; Apr 1)

Devilshoof leader of the gypsies

Frederick Clendon (Feb 20 e; Apr 1)


Franklyn Masters

Florestein nephew of the Count

John O'Malley (Feb 20 e; Apr 1)

Buda Arline's nurse

Diana Melrose

Performance DatesBohemian Girl 1926

Map List

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

20 Feb, 09.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 Mar, 19.15 27 Mar, 19.15

King's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

1 Apr, 19.15

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