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Maritana 1912Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The critics did not provide much information on the performances of Maritana on this tour, indeed it looks as though they gave the events a miss altogether.  This was not surprising for a Saturday evening slot.

The Scotsman did at least give brief details of the matinee of Mefistofele before alluding to the successful evening show.


Scotsman:  Monday, 26 February 1912  (p6)

The Carl Rosa Opera Company

'On Saturday evening the Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company concluded its fortnight's engagement at the King's Theatre.  There was a matinee performance in the afternoon of Boito's Mefistofele, which had been given with so much success earlier in the engagement.  A fine afternoon may have operated somewhat against the attendance, for there were more vacant seats than one is accustomed to see on such occasions, but the performance was thoroughly enjoyed, and elicited frequent expressions of warm approval.

'In the evening Wallace'a Maritana was produced before a large and appreciative audience, who asked repeatedly for recalls and encores.  In the part of Don Caesar de Bazan, Mr Hedmondt was in excellent voice, and Miss Elizabeth Burgess gave an admirable rendering of the title rôle.  The other parts were well sustained, although, on the whole, singing was more in evidence that acting.' 


The Carl Rosa Scottish Tour - 1912

The tour lasted seven weeks:  Aberdeen 1 week (His Majesty's);  Dundee 1 week (Her Majesty's); Edinburgh 2 weeks (King's);  Greenock 1 week (King's);  Glasgow 2 weeks (Theatre Royal).

The thirteen operas performed were: Benedict (Lily of Killarney);  Nicolai (Merry Wives of Windsor); Thomas (Mignon);  Wallace (Maritana); Wagner (Tannhäuser,  Lohengrin);  Verdi (Trovatore); Gounod (Faust);  Goldmark (Queen of Sheba);  Bizet (Carmen);  Boito (Mefistofele); Leoncavallo (Pagliacci);  Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana).

The performance schedule was as follows

Aberdeen, w/c 29 January:  Mon 29 Mignon;  Tue 30 Tannhäuser; Wed 31 The Merry Wives of Windsor; Thu 1 Feb Faust; Fri 2 The Queen of Sheba; Sat 3 m Carmen;  Sat 3 e Il trovatore.

Dundee, w/c  5 February:  Mon 5 Mignon;  Tue 6 Faust;  Wed 7 Carmen;  Thu 8 Cav & Pag;  Fri 9 Queen of Sheba;  Sat 10 m Tannhäuser;  Sat 10 e Trovatore

Edinburgh, w/c 12 February:  Mon 12 Mignon;  Tue 13 Carmen;  Wed 14 Trovatore;  Thu 15 Lohengrin;  Fri 16 Queen of Sheba;  Sat 17 m Tannhäuser;  Sat 17 e Faust.

Edinburgh, w/c 19 February:  Mon 19 Cav & Pag;  Tue 20 Mefistofele;  Wed 21 Lily of Killarney;  Thu 22 Merry Wives of Windsor;  Fri 23 Mignon;  Sat 24 m Mefistofele;  Sat 24 e Maritana.

Greenock, w/c 26 February: Mon 26 tbc; Tue 27 tbc;  Wed 28 Trovatore;  Thu 29 Mignon;  Fri 1 March Mefistofele;  Sat 2 m tbc;  Sat 2 e Carmen.

Glasgow, w/c 4 March:  Mon 4 Tannhäuser;  Tue 5 Mefistofele;  Wed 6 Mignon;  Thu 7 Merry Wives of Windsor;  Fri 8 Lohengrin;  Sat 9 m Mefistofele;  Say 9 e Maritana.

Glasgow, w/c 11 March:  Mon 11 Cav & Pag;  Tue 12 Faust;  Wed 13  Queen of Sheba;  Thu 14 Mignon;  Fri 15 Mefistofele;  Sat 16 m Carmen;  Sat 16 e  Trovatore.

Performance Cast

Maritana a gitana

Elizabeth Burgess (Feb 24 e)

Don Caesar de Bazan

Charles Hedmondt (Feb 24 e)

Production Cast

Stage Manager

George Beale

Performance DatesMaritana 1912

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

24 Feb, 19.30

Grand Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

9 Mar, 19.30

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