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THE OPERA., Issue 7921, 31 May 1889
Mr Simonson’s company achieved another distinct success at the Princess’s last evening, when ‘ Saranella ’ was produced. This work of Balfe’s can scarcely be said to be so widely popular as ‘The Bohemian Girl,’ the opera on which that composer’s fame mainly rests. Looked at from a dramatic and spectacular point of view, however, ‘ Satanella ’ is far above the other, while if it does not contain so many “catchy ” airs its music is of a high class and of great brilliancy all round. Last night’s cast was os follows Satanella, Miss Elsa May ; Lilia, Miss Seymour ; Stella, Miss Maokay ; Dame Bertha, Miss Beaumont; Count Rupert, Mr Walshe; Arimanes, Mr Gainor ; Braoaoolo, Mr England ; Hortensius, Mr Dean; Karl, Mr Shannon; Grand Vizier, Mr Pollard Once again we have to accord Miss May a high meed of praise, her impersonation of the bewitching little impish heroine being admirable and her singing a treat to listen to. Her best efforts were in the recitative ‘ Myself onoe more ’ and in the air succeeding, the wellknown ‘Power of love,’ His delivery of tho former was warmly applauded, while her singing of the lively ballad was as a matter of course enthusiastically encored. Miss May also sang the ballads ‘ln silence sad heart go,’ ‘ Sultana Zuleima,’ and the charming air ‘ Wonldst thou win me ’ delightfully, besides rendering great service in the many beautiful concerted pieces with which theoperaisadorned. Mr Gainor is to be complimented on theablemannor.both vocally and otherwise, in which he bore the part of Arimanes. His acting was really dramatic, while though having no very great vocal effort to sustain so far as solo numbers are concerned, some of the most arduous and responsible work in tho opera falls to hi# share, and he came through tneordeal exceedingly well. Especial praise must be given him for the splendid manner in which the great scene between Arimanes and Satanella in tho third act was worked up. Mr Walshe in his patt of Rupert was in good vein, and gained hearty recognition for his fine singing of ‘ Hero’s to gold,’ the ballad ‘An angel Form,’ the serenade and following song ‘ No prize can fate,’ and the spirited air ‘The glorious vintage.’ Mr was happy in his delineation of Rupert’s kindly old preceptor Hortensius, taking pains not to overstrain the comic element in the character. Miss Seymour had a somewhat trying task before her In essaying to fill the part of Lilia, but did her work very creditably, She was much applauded for her singing of the opening song ‘ Our hearts are not our own to give,’ while her voice was of material service in the pretty trio with Satanella and Rupert, ‘ Oh, tenderness sublime I ’ Miss Maokay was sufficiently confident and determined as Stella, and Mr Shannon gained genuine applause for his singing of the song ‘ Oh, would she but name the day!’ The remainder of tho characters call for no special mention, but we may note that the choruses as a rule went well, while the scenery and appointments generally were very good. ‘Satanella’ will be plsyed again this evening.
THE OPERA., Issue 7921, 31 May 1889
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