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MIMES AND MUSIC.

[Br ORPiiEtrs.] COMING EVENTS. OPERA IIOUSE. Montgomery's Paris Novelties, Ist to 20th April Pollard's Opera Company (pencilled), from 16th September {three weeks) Lee Williams's cantata "Bethany," whicli St. Mark's Church choir is to produce next Wednesday, is one of tho criitiitas written for the week preceding Good Friday, and is of a specially solemn and beautiful character. Immediately after Easter the choir is t» start rehearsal of a littla-known work of the late Sir Arthur Sullivan, "By Sea and Shore," which will be given in character at an carry date. Those who pretend to know predict that Mr. J. C. Williamson will, during his present trip abroad, re-engage Julius Knight for another Australasian tour. It is now denied that Henrietta Watson is returning to Australia — for the present, at any rate. Sir George Martin, Sir John Stainer, and Sir Hubert Parry have initiated a movement to place a monument to the memory of the late Sir Arthur Sullivan in St. Paul's Cathedral, London. "Snazzy," otherwise G. H. Snazelle, has been doing famously in Melbourne with his animated photographs of "Our Navy." It is presumed that he will come across this way when he has scooped up all the dollars Australia can spare him. Miss Kate Nicholls, who spent her girlhood in Napier, and has been undergoing a musical training in Sydney, enters upon a concert tour shortly in conjunction with Miss L. Tansley, Mr. Percy Dent on', and others. Miss Nicholls desires ultimately to visit Europe for further training. Wonderful Waihi guaranteed Charles Arnbld £400 for a four nights' season in the town. The "spec" turned out a financial loss to the guarantor (Mr. Willoughby), who is said to have dropped between £150 and £200. V\ T hile at Waihi Mr. Arnold is said to have bought shares in the Waihi mine, one of tho best dividendpayers in the colony, as well as considerable landed estate. Madame Orpheus M'Adoo has gone to the United Slates with tho intention of settling up her late husband's estate, and afterwards maldng Australia her permanent home. William Paull, the baritone singer wh« toured New Zealand with the PoUards when they originally produced "The Geisha," was married last month, at St. Louis, U.S., to Miss Ethel Gordon, daughter of the late Mr. George Gordon, scenic artist to Mr. J. C. Williamson. Mr. J. Sheridan is expected to open his New Zealand tour art Dunedin early ia August with "The New Barmaid.' At the close of his reason Anderson's Dramatic Company come along with a round of spectacular, military, and melodramatic plays. Before leaving the Royal Comics at Melbourne to be married, Lily Everett was presented with a silver-mounted hairbrush, comb, and hand-mirror by the company. The Hawtrey Comedy Company closes its season at the Palacs Theatre, Sydney, to-night, and leaves for Townsvillc, whero it plays seven nights. A week's season at Charters Towers will follow, and tho company -will then proceed to Brisbane for a three weeks' season. On the 27th the company returns to the Palace, and produces "Saucy Sally" for the firs;t-time in Sydney, and "The Ivy Leaf," a small onc-ae^ piece, specially written for Mr. Hawtrey by Mr. Bernard Espinasse. During the seasons in Sydney, "Nerves," "In the Soup," "The Jerry Builder," and "Tho New Wing," will 'be produced, and possibly "A Message from Mars" and "Tom, Dick, and Harry" will be revived. After the May season the company will appear in Sydney again in August or September, before coming to New Zealand. The new Ormond Professor of Music, Mr. Franklin Peterson, delivered his inaugural lecture at the Melbourne University Con servatorium last i,eek. Though something like 50 students have joined Mr. 'Marshall Hall's opposition instilii; tion, 40 students have been enrolled iv the University Consijrvatorium. "I do not," said Professor Peterson, "anticipate a fight with the other conservatorium. There will, no doubt, be competition of a healthy description, but I see no reason why we should both carry out our work in harmony, and be the best of friends. You have here in Melbourne nearly half-a-million people — people who have the reputation all over the world of being extremely musical — and, if that is the case, it should certainly not be difficult to run two conservatoriums with success. There are a dozen in Berlin, and the number tends to the general good of music." "Floradora" is going to establish a record. The next best is "Tambour Major," which ran for 100 nights twenty years ago. "Fioradora" faltered once a couple of weeks ago for a night or twe, but since then it has goL its second wind, as the sprinters say, and is going faster than ever. In all human probability it will now hold the boards until the arrival of Miss Nance O'Neil and Mr. M'Kee Rankin, the Easter eggs that tho management propose to present to the publio shortly. Mi^s Lottie Collins, who is now in Australia, has been telling a representative of the South Australian Advertiser what she thinks of Australian audiences. "They arc very kind to me," she said in the course of the interview. "They are more demonstrative than English audiences, and I could not help noticing that tkey are quick to pick out points worthy of approval in young and inexperienced artists. I can recall quite a number of artists who, having made a name in Australia, have travelled to London, and on tlic strength of their Austfalian reputation established themselves in the front rank. In London it is so different. A baginner, striving to make a namo, has so many hundreds of others to climb over that unless extraordinary merit or good luck accompanies him or her very little chance for achieving distinction is afforded." Walter Benlley is playing Wilfred Denver in America with a Californian com.pany. Douglas Ancelon, who financed the last New Zealand tour of the Bentley Company, is on his way to join Mr. B entity. Miss Florence Perry (who, by the wsv, is a- sister-in-law of Mr. Ben Davics, the tenor) has been cast for the part of tho heroine in a new piece for Ma-. Terry's Theatre, London. A leading American paper says of Miss Hilda Spong, in "Lady Huntworth's Experiment," Hi Daly's Theatre, in New Yoik, that "they have had no one so original, fo clever, and so inteie^ting since the days of* Ada Cavendish, whom, in point of dash, vivacity, executive, and energy she rcseinbbs." A son of old friend "Billy Elton" is in Melbourne, presumably open to engagement. Elton, junior '(«ays the Brisbane Observer), has much ef his father's talent, and has banrfiled by experience in tha English provinces. Riclurd Pitrot. the Aniericon "Globetrotting Mimic," intends bringing "a novelty company of ten star acts" to Australia in the rear future. Mr. Middleton, of Wirih's Circus, is to undertake Management and map out the tour.

It is reported from New York by the latest mail that Miss Olga, Nethersole is seriously ill, and will have to undergo an operation. It was stated that as soon as she recovers sufficiently she will return tc England. m Mr. Haddon Chambers'^ new play, "The Awakening," has just been produced in London with great success, and tne Australian playwright is therefore enjoying greater prominence than ever. Mrs. Howie (Te-rangi-pai) sailed from Melbourne with her husband for London last week. Mr. R. S. Smythe, who introduced Mrs. Howie to Australian audiences, believes that her Maori descent and rich voice will excite special interest in London musical circles, and that she may divide the honours of the concert platform with tho popular Eura ! sian mezzo-soprano, Miss Alico Gomez, a native of Calcutta. Madame Adelina Patti's life earnings are estimated at considerably over a million pounds sterling ; and the jewels now in her possession are said to be worth over £100,000. The veteran baritone, Mr. Charles Santley, is now the leading conductor of the orchestra at the Pro-Cathedral, Kensington. He has composed several new works for the services. Mr. Otis Skinner, the American actor, who visits Australia in May, was at one time a leadiug member of the Daly Company in America. Mrs. Bernard Becre is the first actress the King bus shaken hands with. When he arrived at Portsmouth recently Mrs. Beer? an'i her husband were in the station, and as soon as the King saw Mrs. Beere he came back, shook her warmly by the hand, and enquired if she was completely restored to health after her railway accident at Slough. The Queen's favourite playhouse, though she greatly patronised Macready, and later Charles Kean, was the Adelphij where farces and Wright and the Keeleys, and later J. L. Toole, remained supreme attractions. Miss Blanche Fenton, wife of Mr. Luscombe Searelle, the composer, who is well known in Australia, made her initial appearance as principal boy in Tiller^ dramatic and vocal ballet at the Palace, Manchester, on Ist January. She made an instantaneous success, not only by her personal charm, but by her acting and singing. On tho second night she received a tempting offer for New York, which (says tho Era) probably she wia accept, as her husband shortly proceeds to America to produce his comic opera "Bobadil." Misses Nina Boucicaulb aad Geraldino Oliffe, both , former members of tho Brough and Boueicault Company iv Australia, and both most capable artists in their line, were announced to appear on 12th February at the Strand Theatre, in a faithful translation of Eclouard Pailleron's comedy "Le Monde ou Ton s'ennuie," by Murtin Leonard and J. T. Grein. t *■• Mr. Bernard Espinasse, the Australian dramatist, has delivered his one-act play to Mr. •\V r . F. Hawtrey, who expresses himself as delighted with it. A new theatre is being planned for London, and the proprietor has decided to style it the King's Theatre, xl century since there was a King's Theatre in London. Its ideals were mainly operatic. M. Henri Rochefort, the notorious French Anglophobe, has written a libretto for a grand opera, the music of which is by Leopold Wenzel. The management of Drury Lane negotiated a policy by which their pamomime was insured against the death of the Queen to the extent of nearly £10,000. By a remarkable coincidonca the policy (says the Pelican) would have expired had the death occurred twentyfour hours later than it did. Dearth of plays has compelled Mrs. Patrick Campbell to announce a revival of "The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith" at the London Royalty. The New York Herald has started paying for the scats occupied by its critics ay places of amusement. Ihe great Spanish violinist, Senor Sarasate, is going to undertake a series of forty concerts in Holland, Germany, Austria, and Belgium. Grieg is reported to be very ill. Mine. Paderewski is to act as her husband's secretary and business agent. A new tenor, Johannes Meschaent, has been acclaimed as the coming man in London. Weimar, where "Lohengrin" was first produced, has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the great event. Of tho original cast but two artists are still living. One is supported in the almshouse in Zurich, the commercial capital of German Switzerland ; the cher is the more fortunate Rosa yon Milde, the first Elsa, and whose husband was the first Telraniund. Jean de Reske, the foremost operatic tenor, is said to be several times a millionaire. The de Reske brothers can drive five miles through their own possessions on a straight road. Air. M. B. Gurus, who brought the Afro- American Minstrels here, has joined the cast of a, comic opera in New York, called ""Vienna Life." Miss Josjphine Stantoa, who shortly visits Australia, is thus referred to in a 'Frisco paper:— ''The latest operatic venture is one out of the ordinary. Josephino Stanlon, the young Canadian prhnadonna, late of the Boston Lyric •Opera Company, is beiii2 surrounded bj^ a oarc-lully-selected company of singers, and will make a tour that is away ahead of any that has been conceived in years. The trip will include Honolulu, Yokohama," Kobe, Nagasaki, Tokio, Vladivostock (Sibe'iia), Shanghai, Hongkong, Manila, Australia,, India, -South Africa, aivl London. Miss Stanton's career has been a notable one for one so y.oiuig. .In the United States and Canada- she is held in hdgh regard, and loved by all who have heard her in different operatic role<. She sings in a clear, firm voice, aud has a personality that stamps all her wnrk as artistic." Craig-y-Nos, Mme. Adelina Patti's beautiful castle in Wales, has been sold to Sir George Newnes, the London pub- ! Hsher. The price paid has not yet been made public, but is said to be in the neighbourhood of £250,000. Since Mmc. | Patti's marriorre with Count Oederstroxn, in January. 1899, her attachment for her homo in Wales has weakened. It is understood that the grent singer intends to live in Sweden, and that her husband's wi<h is to reside in his native country, where his noble descent entitles him to a place in the highest circles of the aristocracy. Perhaps no librettist can compete with Hfirry B. Smith, of New York, who earns more in a year thau the greatest poets ever did in the whole course of their live.- 1 . He has a monopoly in the United States for operatic text's, and has co many orders that bo is no longer able to do thorn alone, but is said to be considering the jdvi«abllity of employing assistants. At this moment he has twelve oper'ottas on the stage, of v. Inch nine are played seven tinier a, week. Hii share varies from 3£ to 7 pci cent. Tue "Casino Wirl" produces for him £23 psr night; the others about as much. Lust year his royalties came to £20,000, and this year wil! be more. His first work for the stage he wrote when on the Chicago Tribune, leceiving £1 v week wages. It was a success, and very soon his income exceeded his wildest dreams. His present income is said to be 550,000 per annum, and he is only 37-

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MIMES AND MUSIC. Evening Post, Volume LXI, Issue 75, 30 March 1901, Supplement

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