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Aïda 1917Carl Rosa Opera Company

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A review in the Scotsman (29 March), from which cast details are taken, states "It would be difficult to recall an occasion upon which the Carl Rosa Company has shown to better advantage than in last night's performance of Aïda.  Verdi's opera imposed very severe demands upon the resources of any operatic organisation, no matter how good it may be... Last night's performance satisfied all demands."

After commenting in favourable terms on the principals, the reviewer notes, "what was best of all, however, was the manner in which all the principals seemed to rise above themselves, thereby giving the performance the point and freshness of a special occasion.  The chorus did very well, and the orchestra was brilliant, without being too loud ... the mounting was very handsome, although it might be improved in one or two details.  The trophies carried on in the scene of Radames's triumphant return were rather a blot on an otherwise fine picture, and in all performances of Aïda it seems to escape the producer's attention that the interior of the tomb in the last act is much too definite, and much too light.

Aïda is supposed to have hidden herself in the tomb, so that she may perish with her lover.  There is, however, no corner in which she could have shielded herself from detection, and her entry, apparently through a doorway, destroys all the illusion of hopeless inprisonment. These, however, are merely details in a performance which was at all points fine, and which roused the audience to real enthusiasm."

Performances by Carl Rosa Opera in Scotland during 1917 consisted of four weeks at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal then two at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum. The full schedule was as follows:-

w/c Mon 19 Feb Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Madam Butterfly; Wed Lily of Killarney; Thu Faust; Fri Magic Flute; Sat m Madam Butterfly; Sat e Maritana.

w/c Mon 26 Feb Aida; Tue Tales of Hoffmann; Wed Madam Butterfly; Thu Trovatore; Fri Marriage of Figaro; Sat m Cav and Pag; Sat e Bohemian Girl.

w/c Mon 5 Mar Carmen; Tue Trovatore; Wed Magic Flute; Thu Aida; Fri Madam Butterfly; Sat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Faust.

w/c Mon 12 Mar Cav and Pag; Tue Marriage of Figaro; Wed RigolettoThu Madam Butterfly; Fri Carmen; Sat m Faust; Sat e Trovatore.

w/c Mon 19 Mar Tales of Hoffmann; Tue Faust; Wed Madam Butterfly; Thu Carmen; Fri Marriage of Figaro; Sat m Tales of Hoffmann; Sat e Trovatore

w/c Mon 26 Mar Rigoletto; Tue Lily of KillarneyWed Aida; Thu Tales of Hoffmann; Fri Attack on the MillSat m CarmenSat e Maritana.

Six Tales of Hoffmann; Madam Butterfly 

Four Faust; Trovatore; Carmen

Three Aida; Marriage of Figaro

Two Cav and Pag; Lily of Killarney; Magic Flute; Maritana; Rigoletto.

One Attack on the Mill

Performance Cast

King of Egypt

Harison Cook

Ramfis High Priest

Arthur Winckworth

Radamès Captain of the Guard

Hughes Macklin

Aïda an Ethiopian slave

Beatrice Miranda

Amneris daughter of the King of Egypt

Phyllis Archibald

Amonasro King of Ethiopia and father of Aïda

Hebden Foster

Production Cast


Arthur Fagge

Performance DatesAïda 1917

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

26 Feb, 19.15 8 Mar, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

28 Mar, 19.30

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