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TITLE Music. 'Perola'.
AUTHOR L.E. [Louis Engel]
SOURCE THE WORLD
YEAR 1882
MONTH/DAY October 25
VOLUME 17
PART/ISSUE 434
PAGE/COLUMN 11, col. 1, pgph. 3
TRANSCRIBER HJP 12 April 2005

   Have you ever been admitted to a rehearsal? Not a dress rehearsal, which is nearly a first performance, but one of the first orchestral rehearsals, where the theatre is all covered wit hchintz. The soldiers come on the stage with a helmet on their head and a shooting-jacket and gray pants on; and while the prima donna warbles her sufferings a fireman comes across, and the manager shouts to the electric man, 'Why the -angel don't you turn that red lamp this way?' and all the time the band and chorus and singers go their way. So it was when the other day I came to the Savoy Theatre, and, waiting for the rehearsal of Perola to begin - I think it is henceforth useless to say that this is Messrs. W. S. Gilbert's and Arthur Sullivan's new opera - i saw all the ladies expecting Sullivan's signal to commence; and what do you think they did? Sing? Of course; but besides? Nearly all of them did some needlework. One young lady vigorously applied her crochet to a black-and-yellow striped coverlet; another one - a very pretty girl too - embroidered, with a rapid needle, slippers for - happy him! and Miss Barnett gravely and majestically worked her knitting-needles like a good old German housekeeper, and her index went forward and backward like a metronome. In the stalls were two ladies, one of whom is so well known as the best amateur singer that I need designate her no further; but the other one attracted my attention particularly. She read aloud an article which sounded rather familiar to me; I heard, 'Nilsson, Albert Hall,' 7c. I looked at her hands; no doubt: she read the World, and that filled me at once with deep respect. But how she reads, is one of those rare accomplishments which only good elocutionists know how to produce. She is altogether a charming girl, and I would with pleasure tell you who she is; but Miss Fortescue asked me particularly not to mention her name, so of course I cannot do it. Nor am I at liberty to tell you what I heard, but let me inform you that Miss Alice Barnett, the successful violoncello-player of Patience, who measures 5 feet 10½ inches, and is most proportionately built, plays a - Fairy Queen, and Mr. Grossmith, the transparent Bunthorne, appears as Lord Chancellor, with an immense wig and silken gold-embroidered gown; and Miss Braham - O, but I must not tell you anything, not even the funny couplets of Grossmith - trust Gilbert for that - nor the charming melodies, the pretty duet, the procession march, and the famous duet of which mention was made in these columns four months ago: 'On every lip, her ladyship,' &c. Be patient; you shall hear all about it very soon.
 
 

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