Denhof Opera Company

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Short‐lived but significant body formed in 1910 by Ernst Denhof (d 1936), Ger.‐born resident of Edinburgh, to give provincial perfs. of Wagner's Ring in English. Balling cond. f.ps. in Edinburgh, 1910, followed in 1911 by tours to Leeds, Manchester, and Glasgow, and to these cities again in 1912 plus Hull and Liverpool. Repertory by now incl. Elektra (in Eng.) and Die Meistersinger, with Pelléas and Der Rosenkavalier added in 1913, in which year co. ran into financial trouble in Manchester, being rescued and absorbed by Beecham's co. (Scotland did not hear a complete Ring cycle again until 1971.)

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