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THE OPERA., Issue 7931, 12 June 1889
Mr Simonsen’s operatic season was brought to a successful termination last evening, when ‘ II Trovatore ’ was put on for tho first and only time. One of the best houses of tho season assembled for tho occasion; which was of twofold interest, for last night afforded the last opportunity for enjoying an operatic performance by tho present company, while—singularly enough —onocf the assuredly most attractive works in their repertory was reserved for their final appearance. Possibly Mr Slmonsen felt that his company would be at a disadvantage in essaying Verdi’s great opera, and undoubtedly this was to a certain extent tho case ; still a very pleasurable performance was that afforded to lovers of music last evening. The invalided members of the troupe having recovered the use of their voices, the principal characters were filled to the best advantage with the material Mr Simonsen has at command. Miss Elsa May of course took the part of tho unhappy heroine Leonora, and sang its music admirably, especially tho airs ‘ ’Twero vain concealing,’ ‘Ye gentle winds,’ and the celebrated ‘Miserere’ scene. In this last Mr Walsho, as Manrfco, lent good service, his singing of the lovely air best known under its Italian title * Ah ! che lamorto’ beingremarkable for expression and taste. The rest of the beautiful music that falls to his lot was also fairly rendered. Mr Gainor was quite in his element in the character of tho 'Count Dl Lnna, and secured, perhaps, tho principal honors of the evening by his fine singing of ‘ Tho tempest of my heart,’ which gained in feeling and expression by being sung in Italian. Miss Seymour displayed much dramatic power in hor delineation of tho gipsy Azuccna, and the difficult music of tho part was, as a rule, very fairly rendered- Mr England did a lot of good work ns Fernando, and the minor characters were also well fiiled. Of the chorus and orchestra we may say that while occasionally there appeared to arise differences of opinion as to the time in which a passage should be taken, most of thc-ir work was very well done. The audience were throughout very liberal with their applause, and evidently enjoyed the p.-rformance thoroughly.
THE OPERA., Issue 7931, 12 June 1889
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