Updated 27 October 2003
1879 December 2 review of H.M.S. Pinafore
1882 October 4 32(9696): 5, col. 4. AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
The afternoon performances of "Patience" at the Bijou Opera-house by the juvenile company will not take place during the rest of this week, as announced.
[on the same page & column there is a scathing review of The Vicar of Bray]
1882 October 8 32(9699 Quadruple sheet): 8, col. 7. AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL NOTES.
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer," which some people think is the best piece of work from the pens of these two famous writers, is announced for the 16th inst. at the Bijou Opera-house. The cast will include Miss Lilian Russell, Miss Laura Joyce, Mr. John Howson, and Mr. Digby Bell.
1882 October 12 32(9703): 4, col. 6. AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL NOTES.
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" will not be produced at the Bijou Opera-house on Monday next, as first announced, but the following evening, when the public will have leisure to witness the performance of this opera, which is considered by some judges the best effort of its composers.
1882 October 15 32(9705 Quadruple sheet): 8, col. 7 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" is to be brought out at the Bijou Opera-house on Tuesday evening, the 17th inst., with an admirable cast, which includes Miss Lilian Russell, Miss Laura Joyce, Mr. Howson, Mr. Bell, Mr. Greensfelder, and the other members of the company. The management promise new scenery and costumes. Many people prefer the "Sorcerer" to any of Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas, and that is saying a good deal in its praise.
1882 October 15 32(9705 Quadruple sheet): 9, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
Planquette's new opera of "Rip Van Winkle," with the text by Meilhac and farnie, revised by Dion Boucicault, is announced for production at the Standard Theatre Nov. 1. It was to be given for the first time under the supervision of Mr. Boucicault yesterday in London. Its name indicates the story on which it is founded and as to that nothing further need be said. The music is aid to be very bright and taking and written in Planquette's happiest vein. Mr. Alfred Cellier is to be the conductor and Mr. Charles Harris the stage manager, two facts which insure faithful and efficient work. The cast, which will include 26 characters, contains Mme. Dolaro as Katrina, Miss Sallie Keber as Gretchen, Miss Barlow and Miss Housby, with Mr. Carleton as Rip Van Winkle, Mr. Ryley as the Burgomaster, Mr. Seymour as Knickerbocker, Mr. Mansfield as Vedder, and Messrs. Wilkinson, Cadwallader, and Rousby in the other principal rôles.
1882 October 17 32(9707): 5, col. 4 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL NOTES.
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" will be given for the first time to-night at the Bijou Opera-house, with a cast which includes Miss Lilian Russell, Miss Joyce, and the other principal members of the company.
1882 October 18 32(9708): 5, col. 4 AMUSEMENTS. BIJOU OPERA-HOUSE. Unsigned review of (unauthorised) production of The Sorcerer
1882 October 21 32(9711): 5, col. 4 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL NOTES.
Matinées will be given this afternoon at the Fifth-Avenue Theatre, where "The Chimes of Normandy" will be played; at the Standard Theatre, where "Les Manteaux Noirs" will be repeated, and at the Bijou Opera-house, where Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" is presented in inimitable style.
1882 October 22 32(9711 Quadruple sheet): 9, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
The Standard Theatre will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week and opened on Saturday evening, the 28th inst., with the first performance of "Rip Van Winkle." This opera has been favorably received in London, and bids fair to be a success here. The French dramatist Meilhac and the English playwright Farnie have prepared the book, founded on the familiar story of "Rip Van Winkle," and the music is by Planquette, the composer of the "Chimes of Normandy." The cast will include Messrs. W. T. Carleton, J. H. Ryley, Mansfield, Seymour, Rousbey, Wilkinson, Cadwallader, and Gillow, Mme. Dolaro, Miss Sallie Reber, Miss Barlow, Miss Rowley, and the others of Mr. Carte's strong company. There are 26 characters in the piece, and it is promised that the stage setting, costumes, and scenic effects will be of the best, and that the performance will rival anything that has been done at this theatre.
1882 October 24 32(9713): 4, col. 7 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC NOTES.
A performance of "Patience" will be given by the Bijou Opera Company to-morrow afternoon at the Grand Opera-house.
1882 October 25 32(9714): 4, col. 6 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" has won unprecedented success at the Bijou Opera-house, and the sign of "standing-room only" is seen every night in front of this establishment.
1882 October 25 32(9714): 4, col. 7 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
"Patience" will be played this afternoon at the Grand Opera-house by the company of the Bijou Theatre under the direction or Mr. Jessie Williams. Mrs. Langtry, having expressed a desire to hear the opera as performed in this country, has accepted a box and will be present to see Mr. John Howson's personation of her æsthetic countryman.
The final performance for the present of "Les manteaux noirs" was given last night at the Standard Theatre. The house will be closed for rehearsals until Saturday evening, when the first representation of "Rip Van Winkle" will be given with a strong cast and elaborate stage setting and preparations. The opera, it is stated by cable, has won an instant success in London, and a glance at the score indicates that it is cleverly written and bright both in its text and music, and is pretty certain to be popular.
1882 October 28 32(9717): 5, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. RIP VAN WINKLE.
To-night Planquette's new opera "Rip Van Winkle" will be produced at the Standard Theatre after extraordinary preparations. The opera, as before noticed in these columns, made a great success in London on its first representation a few days ago, and as indicated by its rehearsals here is likely to receive popular applause. The cast is a strong one, and contains all the best artists of the Standard Theatre company. The scenery, which has been painted by Mr. Dayton and his assistants, is new, and in the matter of costumes and effects the management has expended much labor and money. In this connection it may be said that Mr. Joseph Jefferson has taken an interest in the success of the opera, and has generously given his professional assistance to Mr. Carleton in the preparation of the rôle of Rip Van Winkle - one of those acts of courtesy between eminent artists which it is always a pleasure to note. It is requested by the managers that the audience will be in their seats at 7:50, when the overture will commence. The curtain, it is promised, will be raised at 8 o'clock precisely. At the dress rehearsal last night Signor Salvini was among the few spectators, and was much gratified and amused.
1882 October 28 32(9717): 5, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL NOTES.
"The Sorcerer" will be given both this afternoon and evening at the Bijou Opera-house. The excellence of its representation has already insured its continuing success.
1882 October 29 32(9717 Quadruple sheet): 8, col. 6 AMUSEMENTS. THE STANDARD THEATRE. Unsigned review of Rip Van Winkle.
1882 October 29 32(9717 Quadruple sheet): 8, col. 7 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
The "Sorcerer" will continue to be given during the week at the Bijou Opera-house, and there is every indication that it will hold the boards for many more weeks.
1882 November 4 32(9723): 5, col. 3 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC NOTES.
There will be matinée performances to-day of "Rip Van Winkle" at the Standard Theatre, where a highly amusing and attractive representation of this bright operetta is given; at the Bijou Opera-house, where Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Sorcerer" will be repeated to the crowded house that has greeted its every performance [...]
1882 November 5 32(9723 Quadruple sheet): 2, col. 2 RECORD OF AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
There will be an extra matinée performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" at the Bijou Opera-house on Tuesday, election day. The opera is highly successful, and bids fair to hold the stage for a long time.
1882 November 5 32(9723 Quadruple sheet): 2, cols. 2-3 RECORD OF AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
Planquette's very pretty opera "Rip Van Winkle," at the Standard Theatre, has been judiciously curtailed, and is now presented in attractive shape. Owing to an engagement to present Gilbert and Sullivan's new opera it will have to be withdrawn after the 24th of this month, notwithstanding the success it has won. Every one interested in works of this character and desirous of amusement will go to see "Rip Van Winkle." It is put on the stage in the best manner, and is well sung. The authors have changed the name of the new opera, which has been called "Perola," but a cable dispatch from the London manager says that it is to be called "Iolanthe; or, The Peer and the Peri." It is to be produced simultaneously at the Savoy Theatre in London and the Standard Theatre here on the 25th of November, and during the following week in Philadelphia and Boston by additional companies already organized. The opera will be published as "Patience" was, and will doubtless become quite as popular. The cast in New-York will include Miss Reber, Miss Jansen, Miss Roche, Mr. Ryley, Mr. Carleton, Mr. Wilkinson, and Mr. Dunman.
1882 November 11 32(9729): 5, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC NOTES.
There will be an abundant supply of musical matinées to-day, and evening performances, also. At the Bijou Opera-house Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer," which has proved so great a success, will be played twice [...]
1882 November 12 32(9729 Quadruple sheet): 8, col. 7 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
"The Sorcerer" will be given throughout the week, and apparently for many weeks to come at the Bijou Opera-house.
1882 November 12 32(9729 Quadruple sheet): 9, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS. News item about preparations for Iolanthe, including costume descriptions and quotes from the libretto.
1882 November 14 32(9731): 5, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
Now that it is definitely announced that "Rip Van Winkle" will have to be withdrawn after next week from the stage of the Standard Theatre to make room for Gilbert and Sullivan's new opera, "Iolanthe," according to contract, the public appreciation of the first-named work is manifest, and the nightly attendance is large and of the highest character.
1882 November 16 32(9733): 5, col. 3 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
A matinée performance of "Patience" was given by the Bijou Opera Company at the Grand Opera-house yesterday afternoon.
The advance sale of seats for the first performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's new opera, "Iolanthe; or, the Peer and the Peri," will begin at the Standard Theatre on Monday next. The opera will be produced simultaneously at the Savoy Theatre, london, and the Standard Theatre in this City on the evening of the 25th inst.
1882 November 18 32(9735): 5, col. 3 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
The list of musical performances this afternoon and evening is of remarkable proportions. The Standard Theatre Company will repeat their very clever representation of "Rip Van Winkle," both afternoon and evening, and at the Bijou Opera-house Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" will be twice performed by the admirable troupe of this establishment. [...]
1882 November 19 32(9735 Quadruple sheet): 3, col. 4 LONDON TALK OF THE TIME.
[...] The last weeks, for the present, of "Patience" at the Savoy Theatre are announced. "Perola" has been in active rehearsal for the past month. [...] The difference in time between London and New-York will enable you to know the result of the first night representation of Gilbert and Sullivan's new opera. [...]
1882 November 19 32(9735 Quadruple sheet): 9, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS. More (garbled) plot details of Iolanthe.
1882 November 22 32(9738): 5, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
The sale of seats for the first performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's new opera, "Iolanthe; or, The Peer and the Peri," which will be given at the Standard Theatre next Saturday night simultaneously with its production in London at the Savoy Theatre, has been of a surprising character. Inquiry at the box-office showed that the entire parquet and most of the gallery had already been disposed of on the first day, mainly to subscribers whose names had been recorded for several weeks. The theatre will be closed after Thursday night's final performance of "Rip Van Winkle" till Saturday evening's initial representation of the new work. The promise is of a first night of exceptional brilliancy.
1882 November 25 32(9741): 5, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
A matinée performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" will be given to-day at the Bijou Opera-house.
The Standard Theatre will not be opened this afternoon owing to the necessity for preparation of Gilbert and Sullivan's new opera, "Iolanthe; or, the Peer and the Peri," which will be produced for the first time to-night here and in London.
1882 November 26 32(9741 Quadruple sheet): 2, col. 3 RECORD OF AMUSEMENTS. DRAMATIC AND MUSICAL. STANDARD THEATRE. Unsigned review of opening night of Iolanthe.
1882 November 30 32(9745): 4, col. 7 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
"Iolanthe; or, the Peer and the Peri" will be repeated at a matinée to-day at the Standard Theatre.
An extra matinée of the "Sorcerer" will be given this afternoon at the Bijou Opera-house, with Messrs. Howson, Bell, and others who have been in the cast this week.
1882 December 10 32(9753 Quadruple sheet): 9, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
The "Sorcerer" at the Bijou continues to draw the same full houses that were noticed some weeks ago. Miss Lillian Russell has been seriously ill and her condition has excited much apprehension, but it is stated that she is now recovering and will shortly reappear at the theatre. In the meantime her rôle is very cleverly assumed by Mme. Lucette.
"Iolanthe," at the Standard Theatre, bids fair to have quite as long a period of popular success as any of its predecessors from the pens of Gilbert and Sullivan. The house has been crowded at every performance and the manager says that more money has been received and more people have been present than ever before in the history of the theatre.
1882 December 17 32(9759 Quadruple sheet): 9, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
The "Sorcerer," at the Bijou Opera-house, continues to attract a throng every night and at the matinées.
1882 December 27 32(9768): 5, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL NOTES.
Mr. James Barton's company that has been singing "Iolanthe" in Baltimore is now at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Miss Carrie Burton, Miss Hart, and Mr. Walter Pelham and Mr. Barton himself are conspicuous in the cast.
1882 December 28 32(9769): 5, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
Miss Lillian Russell, whose return to the stage in "The Sorcerer" was of brief duration, has been dangerously ill again, and was not expected to recover. She is now pronounced out of danger, but it is not likely she will be able to resume her professional duties for some time to come.
1882 December 31 32(9771 Triple sheet): 7, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
"Iolanthe" at the Standard Theatre has taken a new lease of life. During the past week there has not been a performance at which the house has not been completely filled in every portion. Without question it is the most amusing and best musical work of its clever authors.
At the Bijou Opera-house Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" will be given during the coming week, and will then be withdrawn to make room for the new opera by Messrs. Stephens and Solomon entitled "Virginia," which will be produced at this theatre Tuesday evening, Jan 9, with the full company.
1883 January 6 32(9777): 4, col. 6 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
The last performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Sorcerer" will be given this afternoon and evening at the Bijou Opera-house.
"Iolanthe," which seems to win additional popular favor at every performance, will be given at the Standard Theatre at the matinée and regilar performances to-day. Mr. Harris, the stage manager, will, it is said, make his first and only appearance on the stage an the 24th inst. at this popular resort.
1883 January 9 32(9779): 5, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. BIRCH AND BACKUS AS FAIRIES. Unsigned review of a parody of Iolanthe in the San Francisco Minstrel Hall.
1883 January 14 32(9783 Triple sheet): 7, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
On Tuesday evening Miss Adelaide Randall will appear in the cast of "Iolanthe" at the Standard Theatre, in polace of Miss Sallie Reber, and on the same evening electric lights will be introduced on the coronets worn by members of the company. The sale of seats for the benefit to be given to Messrs. Lonsdale and Harris on the 24th inst. will begin at the box-office of the theatre to-morrow morning.
1883 January 16 32(9785): 5, col. 4 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
Miss Adelaide Randall will make her début to-night as Phyllis, in "Iolanthe." [...] The sale of seats for the benefit of Messrs. Lonsdale and Harris at the Standard Theatre Thursday afternoon, the 24th inst., was begun yesterday, and resulted by last evening in the disposition of a large portion of the house. There is naturally much curiosity to see Mr. Harris (who is known as an experienced stage manager and instructor) on this occasion of his first appearance on any stage, which he will make as the Judge in Gilbert and Sullivan's "Trial by Jury."
1883 January 21 32(9789 Triple sheet): 7, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
The benefit tendered to Messrs. Lonsdale and Harris, of the Standard Theatre, will take place on Wednesday afternoon, the 24th inst. These popular and estimable gentlemen are certain of cordial recognition. Already the sale of seats indicates the presence of a very large audience.
1883 January 23 32(9791): 5, col. 3 AMUSEMENTS. MISS ANDERSON AS GALATEA. Unsigned review of Gilbert's Pygmalion and Galatea at the Fifth Avenue Theatre.
1883 January 25 32(9793): 5, col. 4 AMUSEMENTS. THE STANDARD THEATRE.
The special performance of yesterday afternoon for the benefit of Mr. Lonsdale and Mr. Harris was a merry entertainment and must have the result of substantial satisfaction to the recipients. the theatre was filled and with an audience of the best character. It did not appear that anyone was present who had not purchased a ticket, and the kindly feeling shown both before and behind the curtain was a pleasant demonstration of the estimation in which the two gentlemen are held. At precisely 2 o'clock the brass band who play in "Iolanthe" marched upon the stage in the costume of the band of the Coldstream Guards, and with the orchestra gave the "Coronation March" from Meyerbeer's "Prophete," followed by English and American national airs. Then came the second act of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Patience," with the original cast, which includes Miss Carrie Burton in the title rôle, Miss Rachael Sanger, who was particularly felicitous in her performance of the character of Lady Angela, Miss Fanny Edwards as Lady Jane, and Messrs. Carleton, Hamilton, Wilkinson, and Cadwallader in the others [sic] characters, and Mr. J. H. Ryley in his inimitable performance of the part of Bunthorne. Never before has a more amusing piece been given in this City. Every one seemed to enter into the spirit of the occasion, the entire company did their best to give the act with vigor and sprightliness, and the result was that the audience was put in thoroughly good humor. Mr. Ryley was as amusing as he could be, and in this statement everything is said. Sullivan and Burnand's "Cox and Box" was well done by Mr. Ryley, Mr. Courtney, and Mr. Rousby, though it might have been improved by a judicious pruning. It was, however, admirably acted and sung and was received with much applause, and afterward the pièce de résistance, Gilbert and Sullivan's "Trial by Jury," was presented and listened to at the close of the third hour of the performance. The work is less known here than the other compositions of the same authors, but it is tuneful and humorous, and as played yesterday was a perfect treat. Miss Jarbeau, as the Plaintiff, sang well and was graceful and attractive. Considering the fact that she was compelled to sing without rehearsal, having consented to assume the rôle at an hour's notice, her performance was remarkably good. The others of the cast performed their tasks well, but, after all, the choef interest was in the representation of the Judge, by Mr. Charles Harris. This gentleman has taught so many people how to act and sing that his first appearance on the stage was naturally regarded with much interest. As to his voice, this single hearing would suggest that his position as a vocalist is anomalous, being something between a tenore di grazia and a basso cantante, but his place in this dubious ground would be difficult to fix. As an actor Mr. Harris was very droll, and kept the attention of the house throughout the operetta. His by-play was inimitable and his stage "make-up" was something to be remembered. At the close of the performance the principal artists came before the curtain, and finally Mr. Lonsdale, in a short and graceful speech, thanked the audience and the artists, and every one left the theatre in a cheerful frame of mind.
1883 January 26 32(9794): 5, col. 4 AMUSEMENTS. MUSICAL NOTES.
Messrs. Lonsdale and Harris were very successful at their benefit Wednesday afternoon, the receipts being something more than $1,600.
1883 January 28 32(9795 Triple sheet): 7, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
A souvenir book was distributed yesterday at the Standard Theatre with illustrative sketches of the principal scenes of "Iolanthe." The opera continues to be attractive, and will be repeated for some time.
1883 February 2 32(9800): 5, col. 4 AMUSEMENTS. AMATEURS IN PATIENCE.
Two performances of "Patience" were given, one last night and one on Wednesday night, in the chapel of the Rev. Robert Collyer's church, at Park-avenue and Thirty-fourth-street, for the benefit of the choir. Mrs. Emma Henry was very successful as the milk-maid, singing the music with spirit and acting with taste. Henry Rolland's Bunthorne was modeled after Mr. Ryley's, and was an excellent imitation. The other members of the cast performed their parts creditably, and the opera was given with considerable verve. The audience last night was large.
1883 February 4 32(9801 Triple sheet) 7, col. 3 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
The last few weeks of "Iolanthe" at the Standard Theatre are announced, the theatre having been previously engaged by Mr. Duff for the production of Lecocq's new opera, "Michaela." An acquisition to the company has been made in the engagement of Mr. George Sweet, who will be remembered as an excellent baritone in Italian opera with Mme. Gerster last season. Mr. J. H. Ryley, Miss Jarbeau, Miss Conron, and other favorites are promised to be in the cast of this new work, which, it is said, will be presented in the best style.
1883 February 11 32(9807 Triple sheet): 6, col. 6 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
Miss Adelaide Randall has left the Standard Theatre to fill a previous engagement, and Miss Sallie Reber will resume her original and charming representation of Phyllis in "Iolanthe" for the remainder of the season.
Mr. Charles Harris sailed for Europe yesterday on the steamer Britannic. His career in this City as a stage manager has been exceprionally successful, and to his efforts the brilliant performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's operas are largely due.
The last performance of "Iolanthe" will be given at the Standard Theatre on the 24th inst., the house having been engaged by Mr. Duff for the production of "Micaela," the latest and most popular opera by Lecocq. [...]
1883 February 15 32(9811): 5, col. 4 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
The Boston Ideal Opera Company, during its forthcoming engagement at the Fifth-Avenue Theatre, will appear only in light operas of recent date. it appears that the repertory of this troupe of singers now includes "The Marriage of Figaro," as well as "Patience" and "Fatinitza."
1883 February 22 32(9817): 5, col. 3 AMUSEMENTS. THE FIFTH-AVENUE THEATRE.
[From an unsigned review of the Boston Ideal Opera Company's performance of The Marriage of Figaro] [...] the chief artists did very well as vocalists. Miss Geraldine Ulmar and Miss Marie Stone sang with spirit and expression [...] The companty will play "The Mascot" this afternoon and the "Pirates of Penzance" in the evening.
1883 February 22 32(9817): 5, col. 3 AMUSEMENTS. GENERAL MENTION.
There will be a special matinée performance of "Iolanthe" at the Standard Theatre to-day, in which Miss Sallie Reber, Mr. Carleton, and the other members of the company will take part.
1883 February 24 32(9819): 5, col. 2 AMUSEMENTS. THE FIFTH-AVENUE THEATRE.
The Boston Ideal Opera Company gave an excellent performance of "Patience" at the Fifth-Avenue Theatre last evening before a large and appreciative audience. The singing of the opera was especially good, and the acting better than the Ideals have ever before exhibited in this City. Strange to say, the men carried off all the honors of the entertainment. Mr. Barnabee's Bunthorne was original and refined in conception and thoroughly humorous in treatment. Mr. McDonald looked the Colonel, acted the part fairly, and sang the music well. Mr. Karl, as Grosvenor, acted with cood effect and sang excellently. Mr. Morsell was the best representative of the Duke of Dunstable who has thus far been seen here. In the small part of the Major Mr. Frothingham managed to evoke considerable laughter and in the concerted music his strong bass voice was heard to advantage. Miss Phillips overacted Lady Jane and Miss Marie Stone was far from being at home in the rôle of Patience, though she sang the music charmingly. The chorus was good, particularly the men. Their first nukmber was sung with a fullness of tone and precision of attach that was wholly admirable. The beautiful sextet in the finale of the first act was given with more expression than ever before in the Metropolis. The vocal performances of this company in ensembles are models which might well be imitated by our local organizations. The orchestration used last night was wonderfully original. The soft, yearning voice of the cornet, the tender, passionate accents of the bass drum, and the deep, dreamy whisper of the trombone made themselves heard with surprising ardor. There were also numerous contrapuntal passages in the hand-organ style for the wood which would doubtless have proved to Mr. Sullivan, had he been present, that he did not know all the possibilities which were in his music. "Fatinitza" will be performed this afternoon, and "The Mascotte" this evening.
1883 February 25 32(9819 Quadruple sheet): 9, col. 1 AMUSEMENTS. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS.
At the Fifth-Avenue Theatre the Boston Ideal Opera Company will devote their last week, beginning to-morrow evening, to the repetition of favorite comic operas, in which they have been hitherto successful. "The Pirates of Penzance" will be given to-morrow night, at the extra matinée on Wednesday, and on Friday evening. "Patience" will be performed on Wednesday night. Saturday night's programme has not yet been decided upon.
1887 January 23 review of Ruddygore
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