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Tannhäuser 1908Carl Rosa Opera Company

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A short review of this matinée in the Scotsman (6 April) was appended to a review of the evening performance of Rigoletto.

"At the afternoon performance, Tannhauser was produced in excellent style to a crowded house.  Mr Julius Walther's Tannhauser was in every respect a fine performance; a special interest attached to the Elisabeth, owing to the part being taken by Miss Grace Nicoll, an Edinburgh singer, who is steadily advancing in her profession.  The Wolfram of Mr Dillon Shallard, the Landgrave of Mr Arthur Winckworth, and the Venus of Miss Amy Rolda, were of high merit, and the minor characters and the chorus acquitted themselves well."

It was generally believed that the employment of young singers for performances near their home not only avoided subsistence costs, but also encouraged sales of tickets to friends and relatives.

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

Elisabeth niece of the Landgrave

Grace Nicoll

Hermann Landgrave of Thuringia

Arthur Winckworth

Tannhäuser a knight and minnesinger

Julius Walther


Amy Rolda

Wolfram von Eschenbach a knight and minnesinger

Dillon Shallard

Production Cast


John P Jackson

Performance DatesTannhäuser 1908

Map List

Grand Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

21 Mar, 14.00

Alexandra Theatre | Greenock

24 Mar, 00.00

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

4 Apr, 14.00

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