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Fanciulla del West 1911Quinlan Opera Company

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The first performances in Scotland of Puccini's western took place almost exactly a year after its premiere at the New York Met.

Casts are from a programme in the National Library of Scotland (for Edinburgh), with advertised variants for the Glasgow opening.


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Glasgow Herald:  Wednesday, 23 March 1911  (p9)

Opera in Glasgow - Quinlan Opera Company

'Musical amateurs are always interested in new operatic enterprises, if only for the opportunities they provide for pessimistic prophecy.    The latest proposals come from Mr Thomas Quinlan, who has been so closely identified with the well-known Beecham Opera Company.  Mr Quinlan has organised a new company, on generous lines and announces performances beginning at Liverpool on October 2.  Glasgow will be reached on November 27, when a fortnight's visit will be made to the Theatre Royal.  Other towns included are Newcastle-on-Tyne,  Manchester,  Birmingham,  Leeds and Edinburgh,  and at the close of the British tour Mr Quinlan intends to set out for South Africa and Australia.

'The importance of the scheme will be gathered from the fact that  #the repertory contains such works as CarmenFaustMadame ButterflyLa Bohème,    Tales of HoffmannAïda Tristan and IsoldeLohengrin The ValkyrieL'Enfant ProdigueTannhäuserHansel and Gretel, and The Girl of the Golden West.  The last named is, of course, the new Puccini opera recently produced at New York.

'There will be an orchestra of 55 performers;  the conductors are Mr Cuthbert Hawley and Signor Voghera; and the list of soloists includes the names of Miss Evelyn Parnell,  Bettina Freeman,  Edna Thornton;  and Muriel Terry;  and Messrs John Coates,  John Harrison,  Bindon Ayres,  Allen Hincklry,  Charles M'Grath,  Harry Dearth, and Clarence Whitehill.'  

Performance Cast

Minnie Innkeeper

Jeanne Brola

Dick Johnson a bandit, real name Ramirrez

John Coates

Jack Rance sheriff

Robert Parker

Nick bartender at the 'Polka' saloon

Bindon Ayres

Ashby Wells Fargo agent

Charles Magrath

Jake Wallace a travelling minstrel

Allen Hinckley

Sonora a miner

Mr W J Samuell (Nov 30)

Alan Turner (Dec 15)

Bello a miner

Ernest Milward

Happy a miner

Robert Veevers

Joe a miner

Ernest Le Clerc

Larkens a miner

Edgar Schofield

Trin a miner

Seph Jones

Harry a miner

Spencer Thomas

Sid a miner

Mr M Alliston

José Castro highwayman

Mr S Suravitch

Billy Jackrabbit Red Indian

Arthur Wynn

Pony Express rider

Leonard Thompson

Wowkle Minnie's Indian woman servant

Muriel Terry (Nov 30)

Rosina Beynon (Dec 15)

Performance DatesFanciulla del West 1911

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

30 Nov, 19.30 4 Dec, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

15 Dec, 19.30

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