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Bohème 1924British National Opera Company

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A single performance of Bohème appears in the middle of the three-week Glasgow season.


The Scotsman's Verdict

The Scotsman critic headed through to Glasgow to report (briefly) on Wednesday, 19 November (p7) on the sole performance of Bohème on this tour:

'A special treat was provided Glasgow opera lovers last night, when the British National Opera company gave their first, and only, performance this season of La Bohème.  In their treatment of Puccini's work the company showed a high conception of musical values.  The opera in every phase was rendered with such charm and expression as to leave the audience highly impressed and highly satisfied, principals, chorus, and orchestra all combining to give that degree of tone and finish which makes for entertainment of super-quality.

'Miss Miriam Licette's Mimì was both winsome and appealing, and on the vocal side highly meritorious. In her representation of Musetta, Miss Mary Lewis proved very acceptable both vocally and dramaticaally.  Rudolf, the poet, was admirably portrayed by Mr Browning Mummery, while Mr dennis Noble was in happy vein as Marcel, the painter. That accomplished vocalist, Mr William Anderson, sustained the part of Colline, the philosopher, with distinction; and Mr Frederic Collier was also successful as Schaunard, the musician.

'The orchestration work throughout was on a high level.  Mr Aylmer Buesst conducted.'


BNOC's 1924 Scottish tour

The BNOC tour of Scotland in 1924 lasted five weeks - two in Edinburgh (King's) then three in Glasgow (Theatre Royal).

Amazingly, four operas by British composers were toured, as well as four French, though only one by Verdi.  As usual, Wagner and Puccini seem to enjoy undying popularity.  One Russian piece also puts in an appearance.

A total of 19 works were performed:

Mozart (Marriage of Figaro,  Magic Flute);   Wagner (Tannhäuser,  MastersingersSiegfried);  Verdi (Aïda);  Gounod (Faust);  Offenbach (Tales of Hoffmann);  Bizet (Carmen);  Rimsky-Korsakov (Golden Cockerel);  Leoncavallo (Pagliacci);   Puccini (BohèmeMadam ButterflyGianni Schicchi);  Debussy (Pelléas and Mélisande);  Mackenzie (Eve of St John);  Vaughan Williams (Hugh the Drover);  Holst (Perfect Fool);  Boughton (Alkestis).

The performance schedule is as follows:

Edinburgh,  w/c 27 October:  Mon 27 Marriage of Figaro;  Tue 28 Carmen;  Wed 29 mat Madam Butterfly;  Wed 29 eve Hugh the Drover:  Thu 30 Perfect Fool & Gianni Schicchi;  Fri 31 Siegfried;  Sat 01 mat  Marriage of Figaro;  Sat 01 eve Tales of Hoffmann.

Edinburgh, w/c 3 November:  Mon 03 Golden Cockerel;  Tue 04 Pelléas et Mélisande;  Wed 05 mat  Magic Flute;  Wed 05 eve Tannhäuser;  Thu 06 Mastersingers;  Fri 07 Alkestis;  Sat 08 mat  Hugh the Drover;  Sat 08 eve  Aïda.

Glasgow, w/c 10 November:  Mon 10 Carmen;  Tue 11 Mastersingers;  Wed 12 mat Alkestis;  Wed 12 eve  Tales of Hoffmann;  Thu 13 Magic Flute;  Fri 14  Golden Cockerel;  Sat 15 mat Aïda;  Sat 15 eve Marriage of Figaro.

Glasgow, w/c 17 November:  Mon 17 Tales of Hoffmann;  Tue 18 Bohème;  Wed 19 mat  Magic Flute;  Med 19 eve  Aïda;  Thu 20 Eve of St John & Perfect Fool;  Fri 21 Hugh the Drover;  Sat 22 mat Gianni Schicchi  Pagliacci;  Sat 22 eve Tannhäuser.

Glasgow, w/c 24 November:  Mon 24 Marriage of Figaro;  Tue 25  Faust;  Wed 26 mat Golden Cockerel;  Wed 26 eve Magic Flute;  Thu 27 Hugh the Drover;  Fri 28  Carmen;  Sat 29 mat Madam Butterfly;  Sat 29 eve Mastersingers.

Performance Cast

Rodolfo a poet

Browning Mummery (Nov 18)

Marcello a painter

Dennis Noble (Nov 18)

Colline a philosopher

William Anderson (Nov 18)

Schaunard a musician

Frederic Collier (Nov 18)

Mimì a seamstress

Miriam Licette (Nov 18)

Musetta a grisette

Mary Lewis (Nov 18)

Performance DatesBohème 1924

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 Nov, 19.30

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