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THE OPERA., Issue 7917, 27 May 1889
Mr Simonsen certainly gives hia patrons plenty of variety, another change of programme being given effect to on Saturday evenißg, when • The Bohemian Girl' was put on the stage, This is an opera that is of universal popularity and that invariably draws well, and it was therefore not surprising to find a large audience assembled at the Princess 8 on its first production this season, The cast was as follows : Arline, Miss Elsa May; Queen of the Gipsies, Miss Seymour; Buda, Miss Mackay; Zingara, Miss Cobb; Thaddeus, Mr Walsho; Count Arnheim, Mr Gainor; Devilshoof, Mr England; Florestein, Mr Shannon; Captain of the Guard, Mr Daniels; Officer, Mr Pollard. Miss May was in her most winningvein in her assumption of the part of Arline, which she played with much grace and naturalness. Her singing, too, was admirable, her voice and method telling with great effect in the familiar air 'I dreamt I dwelt,' which was of course enthusiastically encored ; in the pathetic appeal ' See at your feet' ; and in the duet with Thaddeus, ' The secret'of her birth.' We have seen and heard Mr \Valshe to freater advantage than in his part of haddeus, still he sang' When other lips' capitally, and thoroughly deserved the hearty encore that followed, while the spirited manner in which he gave ' The fair land of Poland' should have received a similar recognition. As Count Arnheim wo saw Mr Gainor at his best, for both his style and his voice aro really well suited to the exigencies of the character, and the™ is no doubt that it was in great measure owing to the thoroughly capable manner in which he filled it that the genuine success of the opera was due. He was warmly applauded for his opening air 'A soldier's life,' and gained an irresistible encore for his fine singing of 'Tho heart bowed down,' Miss Florence Soymour was in appearance and action all that could ho desired as the Gipsy Queen, but her music can scarcely be said to have been sufficiently well rendered. Mr England did well as Devilshoof, both vocally aud in his acting, while tho minor characters were all respectably filled. The many bright choruses that form so marked a feature of the opera went well as a rule, and tho orchestra did their work excellently well. ' The Bohemian Girl' will bo played for the last time this evening.
THE OPERA., Issue 7917, 27 May 1889
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