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Disappointment awaited those who went to the theatre last night to see ‘II Trovatore.’ When tho orchestra took their seats Mr Harcourt Leo came to the ft out of the curtain, and announced that owing to the continued indisposition of Mr Walshe it was impossible to play Verdi’s work, and that ‘Faust’ would be substituted, Mr Walshe’a throat was affected, and the doctor had told Mr Lee but an hour and a-half previously that if Mr Walshe sing that night it would probably bring on quinsy. The announcement was not received iu the best spirit, but very few expressed their disappointment, and we are sure that those present must have felt before the evening was over that the spirited manner in which the company approached the difficult task set them in essaying an adequate representation of ‘ Faust’ to a large extent compensated for the change of programme. Miss May as Margherita, Mr Gainor as Valentine, and Miss Seymour as Siehel performed their work in a highly satisfactory manner, while Mr England did fairly well as Mephistopheles.—For tonight ‘II Trovatore’ is again announced, and we have Mr Lee’s assurance that this opera will on this occasion be produced positively without fail. We trust to see a bumper house to give Mr Simonsen and his hard-working company a deserved send-off.

On inquiring this afternoon we learnt that Mr Walshe is much better, and will bo able to appear this evening as Manrico,

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THE OPERA., Issue 7930, 11 June 1889

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THE OPERA. Issue 7930, 11 June 1889

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