GILBERT AND . SULLIVAN'S NEW OPERA.
Great secrecy is being observed^with reference to the new opera for the Savoy Theatre, but "L. E.," in the .World, reveals the plot of it : — "There is no ovortnrc. Perhaps there w.ill be, though. That the piece is in reality a caricature on tho old-fashioned melodrama, with the virtuous peasant-girl, the wicked baronet^ &c, you may take forgranted.- lira not' allowed to say what the- surprise will .be, but I will tell you that the v wicked baronet 'has to bo wicked in coiiHequcnce 01 a curso- which compels him to commit; a crime every day, or — to die. Now, Qrbssmith, the mild' baronet, refuses the title under such conditions, aud hides himself,, leaving Barrington to commit "the obligatory crimes. He is, however, compelled to tak,e his place, and there is a scene between him and the gallery of his ancestors which is one of the most original effects known on the stage. The predominant colour of the rpu'sjc js the old,, English ; for instance^ the,. opening chorus , of the bridesmaids in gavotte lime (E- flat), and the Bailor's sons d la Dibdin. . Then come a hornpipe and a • tniJrigal, ■ a sweetly pretty thing most tastefully invented, with a chaste and graceful accompaniment. Mr. Qrossmith'H second song and the end of the two finales.^belong to that same description. Tho score oon turns* moreover, a graceful song in waltz-time for soprano (Leonora Braham), a dramatic' legend for contralto,' a most; extraordinary and highly-amusing pattoMrio, , a very clever double chorus (you know Sullivan's favourite device . of uniting, two distinct subjects), a very tender, ljttle duet, n real gem, for, contralto and . baritone, various aips and duets, together no fewer than twenty-fqur numbers. One of the principal numbers, tftp principal, in my humble opinion: is' the ghost scene abovo alludedito, serious, solid, tho treat, mehfc of the orchestra and chorus producing. ,a most weird and solomn effect. I wish to mention a song in three verses, orchestrated in three different ways to give emphasis to the words, . in a most vivid manner. "What will* fetch' the public is a duet in the second act between Mies Jessie Bond and' AJr. Burrington, which you must hear to appreciate it, because to describb its quaintness is not easy. But if there, is much serious music and more jcou'nterpoint than yon would look for in a comic opera, there is much of a rollicking character, apparently written in the exuberance of high spirits." Tho opera will bo- produoed on the 22nd instant. The cast will be as follows ij— Robin Oaknpplc, Mr. G. Grossmith ; Richard (his fpster brother! Mr. D. Lely ; Sir Despard', Mr. Rutland B-mington ; Sir Roderic, Mr. R. Temple ; Old Adam, Mr. JR. Lewis ; Rose May bud, Miss L. Braham ; Mad Margaret, Miss J. Bond ; and Zorah, Miss Findlny.
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