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Trovatore 1914Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Glasgow cast was advertised in Saturday morning's Herald as including Doris Woodall, Howard Davies, Frank Clarke, Beatrice Miranda, conductor Goossens.  The short notice in Monday's Daily Record omits the conductor and corrects the tenor's first name, but gives no further data.


A Brief Glasgow Review

Daily Record:  Monday, 9 March 1914  (p3)

Carl Rosa Opera

'Il Trovatore, given on Saturday evening at the Glasgow Thheatre Royal, brought the first week of the Carl Rosa opera fortnight  to a close.  There was a crush to hear this mediocre opera which was adequately, but certainly not brilliantly performed.

'Miss Miranda as Leonora sang the popular numbers with success although suffering from slight huskiness.  Miss Doris Woodall made the gipsy a real flesh and blood part;  the Manrico of Mr Edward Davies was satisfactory, and Mr Frank Clarke's singing as the Count was very agreeable.

'To-night Carmen will be given.'


Carl Rosa in Scotland - 1914

The 1914 season was unusual in that it was restricted to five weeks in total, and all those in the central belt.   One week at Greenock (King's), and two in Edinburgh (Lyceum), were followed by two in Glasgow (Theatre Royal).

The somewhat reduced repertoire consited of twelve operas in all.  These were by Mozart (Marriage of Figaro,  Magic Flute);  Wallace (Maritana);  Wagner (Tannhäuser,  Lohengrin);  Verdi (Trovatore Aïda);  Thomas (Mignon);  Gounod (Faust)  Offenbach  (Tales of Hoffmann);  Bizet (Carmen);  Wolf-Ferrari (Jewels of the Madonna).

The five-week tour schedule was as follows:

Greenock:  w/c 9 February:   Mon 9  Magic Flute;  Tue 10  Carmen;  Wed 11  Tales of Hoffmann;  Thu 12  Trovatore;  Fri 13  Jewels of the Madonna;  Sat 14 m  Tannhäuser;   Sat 14 e  Maritana.

Edinburgh:  w/c 16 February:  Mon 16 Tales of Hoffmann;  Tue 17 Carmen;  Wed 18 Lohengrin;  Thu 19 Mignon;  Fri  20 Jewels of the Madonna;  Sat 21 m Tales of Hoffmann;  Sat 21 e Faust.

Edinburgh: w/c 23 February:  Mon 23 Tales of Hoffmann;  Tue 24 Marriage of Figaro;  Wed 25 Tannhäuser;  Thu 26 Magic Flute;  Fri 27 Tales of Hoffmann;  Sat 28 m Jewels of the Madonna;  Sat 28 e Trovatore.

Glasgow:  w/c 2 March;  Mon 2 Tales of Hoffmann;  Tue 3 Mignon;  Wed 4 Tannhäuser;  Thu 5 Jewels of the Madonna;  Fri 6 Magic Flute; Sat 7 m Tales of Hoffmann;  Sat 7 e  Trovatore.

Glasgow:  w/c 9 March:  Mon 9 Carmen;  Tue 10 Marriage of Figaro;  Wed 11 Tales of Hoffmann;  Thu 12 Maritana;  Fri  13 Aïda;  Sat 14 m Faust;  Sat 14 e Tales of Hoffmann

Performance Cast

Leonora a Duchess, lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon

Beatrice Miranda (Mar 7 e)

Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon

Frank Clarke (Mar 7 e)

Manrico a chieftain under the Prince of Biscay

Edward Davies (Mar 7 e)

Azucena a Biscayan gypsy woman

Doris Woodall (Mar 7 e)

Performance DatesTrovatore 1914

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

28 Feb, 19.30

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

7 Mar, 19.15

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