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THE OPERA., Issue 7929, 10 June 1889
A capital house witnessed the second performance of ‘ Pinafore,’ which took place on Saturday evening. opera wont very well, thanks in great measure to the inclusion in the east of Mr W. Densem, who appeared in his old part of the First Lord of the Admiralty. With regard to another of the leading characters, however, there was a deficiency that almost counterbalanced the advantage gained by the acquisition of Mr Densem, an apology having to bo tendered on behalf of Mr Walshe, who was prevented by indisposition from taking his part of Ralph Rackstraw, and whoso place had to be taken at short notice by Mr Balfour, one of the subordinate members of the company. The remainder of the cast remained as on the previous evening. Mr Densem presented a somewhat elaborated version of his usual impersonation of the dignified Sir Joseph, and was frequently appluudcd for his excellent acting and singing. Miss Seymour found considerable favor with the audience as Josephine, and Mr Balfour rendered very fair service in bis hurriedly assumed part of her humble suitor Ralph. Mr Shannon made a surpris ingly good Cnptaiu Corcoran, his singing and acting alike being remarkable for ease and confidence, and proof being thus afforded that ho is much more at home in light opera than in such works as ‘ Faust.’ As Dick Doadeye and the Boatswain respectively Messrs England and Pollard caused heaps ol amusement. Mbs M‘Kay played with the necessary smartness as Hebe, and Miss Cobb gained great applause for her agile dancing of a sailor’s hornpipe. During the interval between the two acts Mr M. Simonsen played some short violin selections in Ida inimitable style, and roused the enthusiasm of the audience to such an extent that he was recalled three times. Mr Simonsen was also kind enough to make a very gracious speech, thanking the public for their liberal patronage and the Press for their kindly support during the season, and also intimating that he meditated holding another season here on his return from a tour through the colony. This evening 'II Trovatorc ’ will be produced, and that magnificent work should draw a crowded house, especially as with to night’s and to morrow’s performances the season will be brought to a close.
THE OPERA., Issue 7929, 10 June 1889
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