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CONCERT., Issue 8052, 31 October 1889
An exceedingly pleasant concert was given last night in the Princess’s, the occasion being a complimentary benefit tendered to the members of the chorus of the Simonsen Opera Company. There was a good house, although the theatre was not so full as we should have liked to see it, considering the occasion. The programme had been excel* lently selected, and was carried out in such a manner as to make the entertainment a thoroughly successful one. The principals of the company had given their services, and the assistance' had been secured also of a number of well-known amateurs, so that the talent engaged in the concert was altogther of a high character. The concert commenced with the ‘Barber of Seville’ overture, which was played in such a manner as to put the audienceat once in a good humor, and in their subsequent selections the orchestra acquitted themselves equally well. The vocal items were very varied, and in each one the performers scored a success. The first part of the concert began with a solo and chorus from ‘ Satanella,’ the solo being taken by Mr England. A ballad (‘ Marguerita ’) followed, admirably sung by Mr Smith ; and this was perhaps the best number of the evening, so far as the male voices are concerned. Mr Dean’s recitation of ‘The Creole,’ which came next, was so heartily received that he had to give another, which “ came off ” equally well. Mr P. Shannon’s singing of ‘ Come into the garden, Maud,’ was powerful and pleasing, and Mr England in ‘A soldier and a man’ gave good expression to his, full voice. Mrs Murphy sang • Who’s at my window ? ’ magnificently, the song being a difficult and trying piece of vocalisation. Mr W. Densem, after singing Finsuti’s ‘ Lifeboat ’ with great feeling and in excellent voice, responded to an inevitable encore with ‘ Titwillow,’ which was given in such a way as to lead one to suppose that Mr Densem was not entirely unacquainted with the character of the Lord High Executioner. Miss F. Seymour followed and met with an enthusiastic reception of her rendering of the ‘ Minstrel Boy,’ which necessitated an encore being responded to. Mr Walshe sang ‘ Alice, where art thou ?’ feelingly and powerfully. Miss Elsa May then made her appearance, and everyone felt instinctively that the gem of the evening was coming. Nor were they disappointed. Miss May had chosen the scena ‘Softly sighs,’ from Der Freischutz, for her number, and sang it absolutely faultlessly. This means a good deal to those who know the power and execution demanded by the scena. Her exquisite singing of * The Last Rose of Summer,’ with which she gracefully responded to an encore, was, however, if possible, still more delightful to listen to. Mr W. F. Young gave the ‘ Vulture,’ in which his fine bass was heard to great advantage, and Mr Gainor brought the concert to a conclusion by singing ‘I fear no foe ’ magnificently. Opportunity was taken during the evening by a member of the company to return the thanks of the company to those who had so kindly given their assistance towards the entertainment, and to the public for .their patronage. There can be little doubt that those who bad the opportunity of enjoying themselves at last night’s concert must feel great regret that they will have no further present opportunity of listening to such really good—and in some instances high-class—singing as is within the capacity of the company whose season has just closed.
CONCERT., Issue 8052, 31 October 1889
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