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Trovatore 1917Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Cast details are taken from a short review in the Scotsman (26 March).

"Tunefulness, a wealth of orchestral resource and colour, and a libretto which embodies familiar romantic convention, explain the wide popularity of verdi's Il trovatore, which was presented on Saturday evening in the Lyceum Theatre by the Carl Rosa Company. The rendering it received was of a robust and meritorious character. One might have desired on occasion a little more dramatic rapport between principals and chorus, and a little less of the conventional stage mannerisms; but these were minor points in what on the whole was a successful and satisfying performance.

"Miss Clara Simons made an animated Leonora, singing the elaborate music of the part, with its Italian phrasing and ornamentation, with intelligence and effect.  Miss Phyllis Archibald, in the part of Azucena, was also successful, her singing and acting in the strenuous scene of the gypsy encampment being warmly applauded.  Mtr Edward Davies was a thoroughly satisfactory Manrico, his singing being of a virile quality. The famous 'Home to our Mountains' duet with Azucena, and the prison scene, were effectively presented.  Mr Hebden Foster was impressive as the Count.  There was a large audience.  The conductor was Mr Henriques de la Fuente."

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

Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon

Hebden Foster

Manrico a chieftain under the Prince of Biscay

Edward Davies

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

Clara Simons

Performance DatesTrovatore 1917

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

1 Mar, 19.15 6 Mar, 19.15 17 Mar, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

24 Mar, 19.30

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