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Mr Simonsen’s Opera Company produced ‘ Carmen ’ last night. Miss Elsa May was in capital voice, and played as vivaciously as though encouraged by a full house, in this respect setting a praiseworthy example to the other members of the company. It seemed to us that we never saw this artist to better advantage. Her singing was a treat, and she is evidently advancing in proficiency as an actress. The audience were especially pleased with Miss May’s piquant rendering of ‘ When love unfurls his wings above thee,’ and this and other selections in the leading part were loudly applauded. Mies Seymour also sang well, and fully realised the deportment proper to the part of Micaela. This lady’s voice is acquiring strength, and she may yet take a prominent position on the lyric stage. Mr Walshe appeared to be tired, which is not a matter for wonder, but he is not the man to give in, and the listeners were, on the whole, pleased with his performance as the brigadier Don Jose. Mr Gainor, cast of course as the toreador, cast to the winds all trouble as to a thin house, and acted in his usual style ; but his singing was hardly as good as usual, and his chief song in the second act was rather disappointing. The rest of the characters were fairly well sustained, and the chorus as usual worked hard to make up by energy what they lacked in numbers. The playing of the orchestra deserves a word of commendation, save that they occasionally overpowered the singers. After the first act Mr Simonsen came to the front and announced that that would be the last night of the season. He proceeded to address the audience in reply to certain remarks made in the critique of our morning contemporary, and concluded by expressing the hope that future seasons would turn out more prosperously for the management.

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THE OPERA COMPANY., Evening Star, Issue 8050, 29 October 1889

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THE OPERA COMPANY. Evening Star, Issue 8050, 29 October 1889