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THE OPERA., Issue 7919, 29 May 1889
Change quick,iy succeeds change at the Princess's under Mr Simcnsen's management, 'The Bohemian Girl' being withdrawn last night after two successful performances in favor of 'Girofle Girofla.' This is one of the lightest, but, at the same time, it ia probably the brightest of Lecocq's works, and can always be reckoned on as sure to draw good houses, L»st evening's performance was no exception to this rule, there being a large audience, who evidently enjoyed the opera thoroughly, although they were not very persistent in their'endeavors to obtain repetitions of the more taking airs. The cast was as follows : —Girofle-Girofla (twin sisters), Miss Elsa May; Aurora, Miss Beaumont; Paquita, Miss Seymour; Pedro, Miss Mackay; Guzman, Miss Brusnan ; Fernando, Mies St. John; Juliano.Misa Watson; Marasquin, Mr Walshe; Mourzouk, Mr Gainor; Bolero d'Alcarazas, Mr Dean ; Pirate Chief, Mr England ; The Relation, Mr Balfour ; The Preceptor, Mr West; The Notary, Mr Scott. A better representative of the interesting twins than Miss May could hardly I be desired, her natural vivacity and charm of manner exactly fitting her for the position. It is needless to say that her music was well sung, from the couplets in which, in her dual capacity, she appeals to her father for advice as to her conduct in married life down to the brilliant song in praise of wine 'See how it sparkles.' This latter was enthusiastically encored, and the singer was rewarded with a small shower of bouquets also. Mr Gainor made a capital Mourzouk, his make-up being splendid, and his conception of this very humorous part admirable. In the early part of the opera his singing was not very good; but his voice improved as the work progressed, and his duet with Miss May, 'My Girofh, my bride,' went very well. Next to Mr Gainor in point of merit must be placed Mr Dean, who revelled in the part of the much-embarrassed father of the twins, and caused great amusement by his quaint antics and comic sayings. Mr YYalshe was not at his best in the character of Marasquin, and his principal solo ' I'm theson' was allowed to pass withoutan encore His tile ii-tfle breakfast scena with Girofle, however, was gone through in good style, and the singing of both vocalists was warmly applauded. Miss Seymour and M!sb Mackay did good work in their respective characters, the former singing the opening air ' When the day is finished' nicely, and the latter's voice being of material assistance in some of the concerted pieces. Miss Beaumont, as Bolero's wife and the proud mother of the twin beauties, lent Mr Dean able assistance in the funny business of the opera, and Mr England mode an efficient pirate king. Most of the choruses went well, the ensemble ' What is that gun' being especially well given. Altogether,' Girofle Girofla' is the best-played work that the company have shown us, and we can heartily recommend a visit to the theatre this evening, when the opera will be played for the last time.
THE OPERA., Issue 7919, 29 May 1889
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