Opera Scotland

Carmen 1950Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Cast details are taken from a programme for Wednesday, 5 April in the OperaScotland collection, and a Scotsman review (6 April).  The reviewer said the opera was last night given in its original form, that is, with the spoken dialogue as it was given at the Opéra Comique, Paris, in 1875. "Last night's performance was one of the best so far seen and heard this fortnight. there was a slight stiffness in the first few minutes but after the appearance of Carmen there was no looking back."

"Gita Denise proved herself at all points a very fine Carmen indeed. She toyed easily with one heart after another. Her acting was excellent, and her singing, especially in the lower middle notes, was of a comparable standard. Una Hale as Micaela also made a very good appearance with some consistently admirable singing and suitably restrained acting. Raymond Nilsson as Don Jose gave his most spirited performance so far, singing the 'Flower Song' and the rest most effectively, while Arthur Copley once more delighted as Escamillo...Everybody, indeed, seemed to be in top form last night. There was an unforced liveliness about the whole opera that reflects credit on Mr Arthur Hammond."

The 1950 tour of Scotland by Carl Rosa consisted of two weeks in Edinburgh and four in Glasgow.

Edinburgh w/c 27 Mar: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Traviata; Wed Faust; Thu Tosca; Fri Rigoletto; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Barber of Seville.

Edinburgh w/c 4 Apr: Mon Bohème; Tue Butterfly; Wed Carmen; Thu Barber; Fri Cav and Pag; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Barber.

Glasgow w/c 10 Apr: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Bohème; Wed Carmen; Thu Traviata; Fri Rigoletto; Sat m Butterfly; Sat e Faust.

Glasgow w/c 17 Apr: Mon Butterfly; Tue Barber; Wed Bohème; Thu Faust; Fri Cav & Pag; Sat m Carmen; Sat e Butterfly.

Glasgow w/c 24 Apr: Mon Carmen; Tue Traviata; Wed Rigoletto; Thu Tosca; Fri Faust; Sat m Barber; Sat e Bohème;

Glasgow w/c 1 May: Mon Rigoletto; Tue Water Carrier; Wed Butterfly; Thu Cav & Pag; Fri Water Carrier; Sat m Bohème; Sat e Carmen.

 Six weeks of seven performances - 42 in total.

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

Ronald Eddolls

Micaëla a peasant girl

Una Hale

Don José a corporal of dragoons

Raymond Nilsson

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Bruce Clark

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Muriel Whone

Carmen a gypsy

Gita Denise

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Joan Bermingham

Lillas Pastia an innkeeper

Hubert Dunkerley

Escamillo a toreador

Arthur Copley

Remendado a smuggler

Gwent Lewis

Dancaïre a smuggler

Frederick Wood


Bruce Clark


Katherine O'Hare

Performance DatesCarmen 1950

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

5 Apr, 19.30 8 Apr, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

12 Apr, 19.15 22 Apr, 14.00 24 Apr, 19.15 6 May, 19.15

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