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Bohemian Girl 1908Carl Rosa Opera Company

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A short review was given in the Glasgow Herald (19 March).  "At the Grand Theatre, Glasgow, last night, Bohemian Girl was played by the Carl Rosa Opera Company.  Balfe's work retains its wonderful popularity, notwithstanding the strong counter attractions of other operas, and the performances enjoyed by a large audience.  It was sustained by a strong cast, including Miss Ina Hill, Miss Doris Woodall, Mr Edward Davies, Mr Dillon Shallard, and Mr Arthur Winckworth, who were all familiar with their parts, and rendered them with much acceptance.  As usual, many of the well-known ballads were encored.  Mr Eugene Goossens conducted."

A later performance was reviewed in the Scotsman (9 April),  "From a dramatic point of view the opera may not be particularly strong, but its charming melodies and the richness of its orchestration have won for it a large share of public favour.  No better proof of its popularity could be given than the appearance of the theatre, which was filled in every part.  The opera received adequate by the company.  Miss Ina Hill was an ideal Arline, and Miss Christine Ritz found a suitable part as the Gipsy Queen.  Both ladies were in excellent voice, and were heartily applauded for their rendering of the familiar songs with which the opera abounds. Mr Edward Davies as Thaddeus, Mr Arthur Winckworth as Devilshoof, and Mr Dillon Shallard as Count Arnheim di their work well."

 We have entered the Edinburgh cast, and assumed the conductor was the same as for the Glasgow performance.  Doris Woodall sang Queen of the Fairies on other tours..

The company's 1908 tour included two weeks at the Glasgow Grand, one at the Alexandra, Greenock and finally two at Edinburgh King’s Theatre.

The full schedule was:-

Glasgow w/c 9 Mar: Mon Carmen; Tue Cav & Pag; Wed Trovatore; Thu Lohengrin; Fri Esmeralda; Sat m Fidelio; Sat e Rigoletto.

Glasgow w/c 16 Mar: Mon Don Giovanni; Tue Otello; Wed Bohemian Girl; Thu Faust; Fri Carmen; Sat m Tannhäuser; Sat e Trovatore.

Greenock w/c 23 Mar: Mon Carmen; Tue Tannhäuser; Wed Bohemian Girl; Thu Cav & Pag; Fri Esmeralda; Sat m Faust; Sat e Trovatore.

Edinburgh w/c 30 Mar: Mon Carmen; Tue Faust; Wed Lohengrin; Thu Don Giovanni; Fri Esmeralda; Sat m Tannhauser; Sat e Rigoletto.

Edinburgh w/c 6 Apr: Mon Cav & Pag; Tue Trovatore; Wed Bohemian Girl; Thu Marriage of Figaro; Fri Otello; Sat m Carmen; Sat e Maritana.

In summary: Carmen (5); Trovatore (4); Cav & Pag, Esmeralda, Bohemian Girl, Faust, Tannhäuser (3); Lohengrin, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Otello (2) and Fidelio, Marriage of Figaro, Maritana (1).

Thirty-five performances of thirteen operas plus the double bill of Cav and Pag.

Performance Cast

Arline Arnheim's daughter

Ina Hill

Count Arnheim Governor of Pressburg

Dillon Shallard

Devilshoof leader of the gypsies

Arthur Winckworth

Queen of the Gypsies

Christine Ritz

Thaddeus a proscribed Pole

Edward Davies

Production Cast


Eugene Goossens II

Performance DatesBohemian Girl 1908

Map List

Grand Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 Mar, 19.30

Alexandra Theatre | Greenock

24 Mar, 00.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

8 Apr, 19.30

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