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Manon Lescaut 1957Carl Rosa Opera Company

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This fortnight of performances at the King's Theatre, Glasgow, constituted the final appearances in Scotland of the Carl Rosa Opera Company.

Manon Lescaut was a distinct rarity that the company had now been touring for several months.  The Glasgow Herald of Friday 21 June gives some cast information and a short review headed 'Worthy Performance':

"Puccini has poured his gift for wonderful melody and superb orchestration into his score for Manon Lescaut and the story has interest in spite of the clue to the libretto's quality contained in the programme - 'Words by various authors.'  Nevertheless it is something of a stranger to our stages and at the moment we must rely on the courageous Carl Rosa Opera for any opportunity of hearing it.

"The company's performance at the King's Theatre, Glasgow, last night was over-all a worthy one.

''The singing of the principals was strong and sure, though the Edmond (who sang pleasantly) and the chorus had difficulty in making the words intelligible.'' 

The playing of the orchestra under Arthur Hammond was said to be sensitive.


A programme giving cast information is archived in the National Library of Scotland.


Carl Rosa Opera's last performances in Scotland were as follows:-

Week commencing 10 June:  Mon 10  Carmen;  Tue 11 Cav &  Pag;  Wed 12 Bohème;  Thu 13 Hoffmann;  Fri 14  Benvenuto Cellini; Sat 15 m  Barber of Seville;  Sat 15 e Trovatore.

Week commencing 17 June:  Mon 17  Don Giovanni; Tue 18  Rigoletto;  Wed 19  Tannhäuser; Thu 20  Manon Lescaut;  Fri 21 Barber of Seville;  Sat 22 m Carmen;  Sat 22 e  Faust.

There were two performances each of Barber of Seville and Carmen, with one of Cav & Pag and the other nine operas.

Performance DatesManon Lescaut 1957

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20 Jun, 19.30

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