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THE OPERA., Issue 7928, 8 June 1889
Miss Seymour is to be complimented on her impersonation of Josephine. It was a revelation for which some of the audience were not fully prepared ; that is, while it was expected that Mies Seymour would act the part in a satisfactory manner, doubt was felt as to whether her singing would not suffer by comparison with some other Josephines we have seen in Dunedin. Any apprehension on that print was dispelled early in the first act, and it is hut bare justice to Miss Seymour to say that she rendered the music in a manner that left nothing to be desired. The dresses selected by this young lady were, noticeably becoming, she sang with obvious case, and her graceful deportment and knowledge of stagecraft enabled her to present a captivating and appropriate representation of the gallant captain’s daughter. But for the opportunity afforded by the production of ‘ Pinafore ’ Mies Seymour’s abibty would have been underrated by Dunedin theatregoers, for until last night she had evidently been struggling with parts more or less unsuited to her. Mr Walshe acted in a rather constrained manner, but on the whole acquitted himself satisfactorily as Rack-straw; and there cannot be two opi'ions about his singing -it was quite first-class, not only in the solos but also in the concerted mus c, in which department, by the way, all the principals were thoroughly proficient, Mr Dean made the First Lord a rather rakish sort of character, but what bis Sir Joseph lacked in dignity was compensated for by the introduction of several new points in the “business.” An encore was accorded to the chi f song, but Mr Dean merely brwed his acknowledgments. Mr Shannon was at his ease as Captain Corcoran, and gave a very fair rendering of ‘ Fair moon 1 and tho rest of the music written for tho part Mr England’s arsamption of the character of Dick Dealcye was of the orthodox pattern, and he scored a point in being able to sing the music acceptably. Perhaps one of the beat of the concerted items was that in which Dick imparts “important information” to his captain. Mr Tom Pollard was thoroughly at Lome as the Boatswain. The audience seemed pleased, and not without reason, with Miss Mackay’s impersonation of Hebe; and Miss Julia Beaumont was not at all a bad Buttercup. We must not forget to mention that Mjss Lucy Cobb dacccd a hornpipe very nicely, for which she was encored. The chorus and orchestra were well up to their work, and the opera was well mounted. To-night ‘Pinafore’ will be repeated, anl Sir Densem will appear as Siy Joseph. M r Simonsen is also to play some of hta violin solos between the acts. Last night his playing was received with vociferous applause, which was no more than a proper acknowledgment, for Mr Simonson’s right hand has not lost its cunning—nor his left either.
THE OPERA., Issue 7928, 8 June 1889
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