THE ALBANI COMPANY, The music-loving people of Invercargill enjoyed a rare treat on Monday night, when Madame Ai bam appeared for the first time in New Zealand, and gave her only performance in Invercargill. The theatre was filled to the utmost with an enthusiassic and appreciative audience. Of course, everyone has heard of Madame Albani as being one of the greatest singers of the time, and although it is now some twenty-five or thirty years since she made her debut, she has still a wonderful chlarm left ; if, pethaps, her voice is not so round and full as in former years, it beings back visions of a glorious past. Madame was received with enthusiastic applause, and bowed her acknowledgment, some few minutes elapsing before she could proceed with the first item —Mozart:s ‘M/Arnero” (with violin obligato by Air Haydn Wood), for which she had to respond to an encore. She also sang "Crossing the Bar" (Willeby) very sweetly, and “Ava Alania" as an encore. Perhaps the gem of her numbers was the little song " Hosebuds," along with which she also gave "Songs Aly Alother Taught Ale." For this number she was twice recalled, and gave firstly " Within a mile of Edinboro’ Town," and last but not least "Home, Sweet Home." It seemed almost a pity that Aladame should affect that little mannerism of running on and off the stage before and after her performances, as it detracts from the effect of her singing on the audience. Miss Alildred .Jones, the contralto of the company, delighted the audience, and proved to be a great favourite. She has a voice of unusual compass, sings without any effort whatever, and would give a valuable lesson to aspiring vocalists. She sang ‘'The Enchantress" as an opening, and afterwards gave "iWhere IDewdrops Sleep” with great taste and expression. She gave as an encore "Three Fishers," and although a different style of song altogether she was equally at home in this as in former numbers. Her last effort was a duet with ATr Green, entitled "It is na, Jean, Thy Pretty Face." ATr Green has a powerful tenor voice, which he displayed well in Adelaide" (Beethoven) and afterwards in that well-known favourite. "Come into the Garden, Maud." He also had to respond to an encore after each item. Of Air Haydn Wood, it can only be said that he is a master of his instrument, the violin. His delicate handling was fully displayed in Sarsate’s " Gipsy Dance," the bow sometimes appearing hardly to touch the strings. He also gave " Nocsurne" (Chopin) and "Plevna Nota’’ (Hulay). Miss Myrtle Meggy, the pianiste, delighted the audience in Liszt’s "Rhapsodie." She also gave “‘Valse" (Chamneade), and Raoh Manoff’s prelude in Chopin’s G Flat study. The last-named she gave in place of Beethoven’s "Kreutzer Sonata," which she was to have played with Mr Haydn Wood, but the music had been mislaid. The accompanist, Mr Theodore Flint, performed his duties very
artistically, and added greatly to the enjoyment of the evening—one which will long be remembered by the Invercargill public,.
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Musical, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 21, 7 September 1907
Musical Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 21, 7 September 1907
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