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THE OPERA., Issue 7924, 4 June 1889
Vet another change of programme was submitted at the Princess a last evening, ‘ Lcs Cloches do Corneville’ supplanting ‘ Satamdla.’ Probably from the fact that Plani|uette’s work lias been “done to death ” in Dunedin of recent years there was a falling off in the attendance, for, despite the fact that many were attracted solely with a view to instituting comparisons between last- night’s performance and that recently given here by amateurs, the audience was a sparse one. The scenery and mountings were those prepared by Mr Willis for the amateur representation, and as the dresses were exceedingly rich the opera was capitally staged; and, taken ns a whole, the performance was a meritorious one Miss Elsa May has already scored a success hero as Serpolelto; it therefore only needs to be said that she sang her music pleasantly, and acted with considerable vivacity. As Germaine, Miss Seymour agreeably surprised her audience ; the part being undoubtedly better adapted to her than” auy other in which she has yet appeared. Thanks to her efforts the duet with Grenichcux had to be repeated ; and a similar compliment was accorded to the legend of the bells, in which some novel, hut pleasing effects were introduced by the orchestra. Mr Gainor, who has now established himself a favorite with Dunedin theatre-goers, made a capital Marquis, and had to repeat ‘Silent heroes,’ while Mr Shannon (who was cast for Grenicheux, with a view to giving Mr VValshe a rest) filled his part in a fairly satisfactory manner. The difficult character of the miser was entrusted to Mr Pollard, whoso performance was an uneven one, though creditable on the whole. Messrs Dean and Sfifltt (who were cast respectively as the Baillio and Gobo) proved admirable comedians, but there was a tendency to “ gag ” too freely, and, owing to the undue liberties taken with the dialogue, the performance did not conclude until too lute an hour to enable people from a distance to catch their trams. An amusing contretemps occurred in the armory scone, Grenicheux being dislodged from his pedestal while being wheeled to and fro by Gaspard. ‘ Les Cloches ’ will bo given for the last time to-night, and to-morrow evening the company will essay ‘ Faust.’
THE OPERA., Issue 7924, 4 June 1889
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