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by M. Chambourdon with the wife of a watchmaker, a charm(From our own Correspondent.)
ing, agaçante coquette, to whom M. Chambourdon himself The season has commenced at the Italiens with but a moderate
paid his addresses in his bachelor days. He knows that his old amount of success. The bill of fare presented several novelties, but
flame has become wedded, and dreads at each moment to see her few were heralded by loud drums or trumpets. The subscription
injured husband breathing flames and fury, with the corpus is but small, and it is to be hoped rather than expected that the
delicti—the watch-in hand. He dreads this the more, that new management will be more successful than Lumley, Ronconi,
Mad. Chambourdon has had the unhappy thought of advertising
for the watch, and offering a reward for its recovery. Delannoy Tamburini, Ragani, and a host of others, for whom the Italiens has proved a share and pitfall. The company is numerous, and
is charming as Chambourdon, his anguish, his dread, his despair, many of the engagements must have been contracted on terms
are tragic-comic in the last degree.
Madame Arnauld-Plessy is drawing all the world to the somewhat onerous to the manager. In addition to this, he has the great disadvantage of competing with the Grand-Opéra and the
Théâtre Français. Since Målle. Mars we have had no such finished Opéra-Comique, both of which receive subventions from the State,
comédienne; and though tainted with mannerism and somewhat and the whole expense attending the former of which is defrayed
given to affectation, Madame Plessy's graces as an actress are from the Emperor's privy purse. What can a private individual
only rivalled by her charms as a woman. She made her rentrée expect to achieve against such competition, and what purse can
as Elmire in the Tartuffe, and nothing could exceed the delicacy be found long enough when measured by that of the Emperor of
and tact she displayed in the somewhat dangerous scene, wherein the French ? However, I trust my dismal forebodings may prove
she draws from the hypocrite a declaration of his passion, and false, and that at the end of the season the manager may con
leads him from words to action, while her husband is concealed gratulate himself on having had a smooth sea and a prosperous
beneath the table. If the Russian war has cost us many enjoy
ments, we are at least indebted to it for the return of Madame voyage. The season commenced with Mosè en Egitto. Signor Angelini
Plessy. was Moses, Signor Carrion, Amenophis, Signor Everardi,
The Gaité has resumed the Sept Chateaux du Diable, for the Pharaoh; while the female parts were filled by Madame
instruction and amusement of all children great and small. Fiorentini and Mulla. Pozzi. Signor Carrion is a Spaniard,
The decorations are magnificent, and the piece, though bad and possessed of a fine tenor voice, sympathetic, and remarkably
absurd, draws a crowd, and answers the end for which it was pure in the upper notes. His agility is surprising, but he abuses
written, his gifts, and rushes into roulades and fiorituri in a manner that
FOREIGN. cannot be too strongly condemned. When he sings sotto voce he produces an effect at once pleasing and legitimate; and he
PARIS.—The Cologne Musical and Choral Union gave a congave the “Mi manca la voce " in a manner that left little to be
cert on the 24th ult. at the Conservatoire Impériale de Musique. desired.
The performances met with the greatest success, and the encores Signor Everardi is a Belgian, whose real name, as you may
were numerous. Madame Oury performed some pianoforte suppose, is Everard. His voice is a rich, firm barytone, his
pieces between the parts, and was encored in her fantasia on method pure, his vocalisation easy, his taste undeniably good,
1 * Partant pour la Syrie.” his intonation admirable, his phrasing large-in short, he is a
Berlin.-—The management of the Royal Operahouse have most acccomplished singer and an admirable comedian. His
commenced the season in earnest, at last ; their activity is entisuccess was undeniable, and he was recalled before the curtain
tled to great praise. In the course of last week we had Adler's with enthusiasm.
Horst, Fidelio, Lucrezia Borgia, aud Le Prophète, quite enough Signor Angelini was Moses, a part in which Lablache was,
to satisfy the most ravenous musical appetite. Mdlle. Johanna in bye-gone days, so every-way great. He is young, tall, well
Wagner was greatly applauded in Lucrezia Borgia and the made, and good looking. His voice is strong and of fair compass,
Prophète. Herren Oertling, Rehbaum, Wendt, and Birnbach but wanting in suppleness and roundness. He sings fairly, and
recommenced their Quartet- Versammlungen, last Thursday evewith much energy and accent.
ning in Sommer's Rooms, with Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, Madame Fiorentini looked charming as ever, but failed to
The selection and execution of the pieces afforded universal make the impression I could have desired from one so gifted by | gaatification to a very numerous audience. nature. Mdlle. Pozzi is a promising young singer, but was
Aix-LA-CHAPELLE.-A grand instrumental and vocal concert too nervous to do justice to her powers.
was given lately by the Aachener Gesang und Instrumental To-morrow, Mad. Borghi-Mamo appears in the Cenerentola,
Verein. The programmes included Cherubini's overture to Les with Everardi and Carrion, who are said to be masters of buffo
Abencérages, a portion of Mendelssohn's Paulus, a violin-fantasia singing. Malle. Boccabadati has arrived, Mario appears on the
by Artot, a quartet with chorus and orchestra by Gordigiani, 1st of November, and Grisi at the beginning of January.
and Beethoven's symphony in C minor. The whole perforThe Männer-Gesang-Verein sang at the Grand-Opéra a few
mance, under the direction of Herr Carl von Turányi, went off nights back. They gave “ Das Kirchlein,” “Schlummerlied,"
with great éclat. Herr Richard Wagner's Lohengrin has been "Der Frohe Wandersmann," Spanish Canzonetta, &c. They were
produced. much and deservedly applauded. Their greatest success, how
ELBING.—Herr Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser was performed ever, consists in having drawn Rossini from his retirement. The
for the benefit of the Capellmeister, Herr Genée. great master, who had resisted all other offers, went to hear them
| POSEN.—The season commenced in a highly satisfactory manat rehearsal, and wrote the following letter to Mr. Mitchell,
ner with Mozart's Don Juan, and, since then, Norma, I Monwhich they of Cologne may well consider to be the brightest
to be the brightest tecchi e Capaletti, Der Freischütz, Masaniello, Les Huguenots, and flower in their musical chaplet :
Nabuco have been given.
MAYENCE.—The Liedertafel, in conjunction with the Damen“MONSIEUR,---Je suis très sensible à tout ce que renferme de
Gesangverein, gave a concert in the large room of the Academy, flatteur pour moi, la lettre que vous m'avez fait l'honneur de
on which occasion they performed several quartets for male m'addresser. J'ai été aussi surpris que charmé de ce que la
voices, and the Morgengesang by Mendelssohn, Ave verum by Societé Chorale de Cologne m'a fait entendre-Veuillez être, Mozart, the Gebet by Franz Schubert, and Salve Regina, by Herr Monsieur, mon interprète chaleureux auprès de tels artistes, Hauptmann. Herr Jaell played several pianoforte compositions pour leur exprimer mon entière satisfaction, et si ma santé le
| and Mad. Volmer, and Herr Wallau sang songs by Beethoven, permet je profiterai de votre offre bienveillante, assuré que vous Marschner, Esser, and others. n'y verrez qu'un témoignage de l'intérêt que je prends à ces HAMBURGH.-Signor Verdi's Rigoletto was produced for the charmants concerts.
.“ GIOACCHINO ROSSINI.” I first time here on the 24th ult. It was very favourably received. The Vaudeville has been giving a “Bijou perdu” without the WEIMAR.—Dr. Franz Liszt is engaged on a psalm, with chorus music of M. Adolphe Adam, an omission whereby the public has and orchestra. In November, he intends visiting Herr Richard been a considerable gainer. The “Bijou perdu" is a watch, left) Wagner at Zurich.
MUNICH.—The grand musical festival was to commence in the
PROVINCIAL Palace of Industry on the 4th inst., with Haydn's Creation. On MANCHESTER.-The last Monday Evening Concert was characthe second day, the performance was to be composed of Beeth- terised by the absence of all but one novelty. Mr. Perring oven's Symphony in C minor, the second act of Gluck's Orpheus,
Gluck's Orpheus, having met with an accident recently, and Mr. G. Cooper conMendelssohn's 22nd Psalm, the finale from Mozart's Titus, the sented to sing the whole of the music set down for him. Mr. overture to Weber's Euryanthe, the finale of the second Cooper acquitted himself to the satisfaction of all present. Miss act of Beethoven's Fidelio, aud the “ Allelujah," from
Cicely Nott was the novelty, and she appeared to take much Händel's Messiah. The orchestra consists of two hundred per pains with the music allotted to her. She has a voice sweet, if formers, and the number of vocalists, including the members of not rich and round, there is evidence of carefulness and study the Oratorium-Verein, the Conservatory, and all the Liedertafeln in her singing, and, still pursuing such a course, more may yet of Munich, Ausbach, Augsburg, Eichstadt, Preising, Landshut,
isbach, Augsburg, Eichstadt, Preising, Landshut, be accomplished. She must be careful, however, not to attempt Nürnberg, Regensburg, Passau, Ulm, and Würzburg, amounts too much, and the “French variations,” by Adolph Adam, to eight hundred
were little more than exercises, and not worthy of her. STUTTGART.—Mad. von Marra is announced for Marie in La Miss Nott sings occasionally with a false intonation in the higher Fille du Régiment, and Catharine in L'Etoile du Nord.
register. In Barnet's trio, “This magic wove scarf," there were PESTH.-M. Meyerbeer's Etoile du Nord is in rehearsal, and passages in which she shewed a nice feeling, leading us to supwill shortly be produced.
pose that expression is her forte at present, rather than bril
liancy. Mrs. Winterbottom's notes are almost as rich as ever ; MDLLE. RACHEL IN NEW YORK. she sang Abt's popular ballad “When the swallows homeward
fly," and was encored. The vocal music was interspersed with The following is from the New York Daily Times of September 21:4", romantic drama on one night, and a French
violin playing by Herr Steingraber, who has taken up his resi
dence in Manchester for the last twelve months. He displays tragedy on the next, are rather more than a New York audience
much cleverness, and executed the “ Tremolo" of Beethoven very can appreciate, even with Rachel in both. It is a trifle too much
creditably. He was loudly applauded and called for. Mr. Delaof a good thing for the head, for the heart, and for the pocket.
vanti followed with a ballad, and the first part closed with Bajazet consequently failed to attract a good audience last
Händel's chorus," Great Dagon.” In the second part there was evening. The metropolitan theatre was scarcely half filled.
nothing worthy of especial note. In every respect it was the worst audience of the season, re
The farewell concert given by Mrs. Thomas on Tuesday evenminding us of the terrible dramatic season which inaugurated
ing in the library of the Athenæum, previous to her entering the first campaign at this house, and accustomed the critic to
| upon a London life, must have been satisfactory to her, as it was solitude and the contemplation of death. There were, however, some celebrities in the house. Among others we noticed Mr.
to the numerous and respectable audience assembled. Mrs. ex-President Tyler and J. M. Botts, Esq.the latter of whom
Sunderland sang throughout with spirit and effect; Mrs. Brooke illuminated a dark and interminable soliloquy by remarking
| equally pleased, particularly in a song by Mr. Thorne Harris,
“Swifter far than summer flight.” Mr. Adolphus Lockwood that the legislative rule should be enforced on the French stage
played a solo on the harp. Mr. Thorne Harris played an arrange-of not allowing any one person to speak for more than an
ment of Rossini's “ Ecco ridente,” and one of Mendelssohn's, hour at a time. Giddy trifler! .
“Lieder ohne Worte ;" whilst the chorus, judiciously selected, “ Bajazet is a tragedy capable of affording about half an hour's amusement to an American audience. The termi
sang some of Bishop's interesting dramatic choruses with pre
cision and a nice appreciation of light and shade. The glee singnation of the fourth act, and parts of the fifth, are just
ing, if not all that might have been desired for want of a better. sufficiently exciting to keep you from going to sleep. The
second tenor-shewed signs of good schooling and careful study remaining portions of the tragedy are wearisome in the
among some portion of the vocalists. “No more the morno extreme: utterly unrelieved by good acting or powerful decla
should be confined to the glee club. It is heavy in the concert mation. They are narcotic in their influence. Were it not for
room, and demands the most perfect singing, even in the former the gorgeous toilette of Malle. Rachel, ever sparkling with diamonds and gold, we are persuaded the audience would have
locality, to be thoroughly appreciated. “Mrs. Thomas," says abandoned itself to kind nature's sweet restorer. As it was, we
the Manchester Examiner, from which we have partly extracted
the above notice, " has given evidence for some time past that were in constant apprehension that some one would have the
she possessed musical qualities which, under intelligent direcindiscretion to yawn. A sympathetic audience would surely have joined in the luxury, and the consequences might have been
tion, would give her a claim upon the attention of the most frightful.”
critical. Her voice is pure in tone, extensive in register,
and she sings with an evident feeling, so rare among our The following letter was addressed to the same journal :
English vocalists, who, for the most part, appear to suppose that To the Editor of the New York Daily Times.
if a certain number of notes are crammed into a certain space “Sir,-Mdlle. Rachel, deeply affected by the kindness shown and given in a certain time, they have accomplished the object her daily by the press and the public of New York, has expressed of their mission. Mrs. Thomas has wisely been pursuing her to me the desire that I should yield to the wish generally mani- studies in London under judicious training, and we were much fested, by fixing the prices of places at ber performance more in struck with the advance already made,-a progress which we accordance with the habits of the population of this city. I am my feel tolerably sure will secure her a respectable position eventself happy to meet the wishes of the public in this respect, though
| ually in the first ranks of the metropolis. Mrs. Thomas's share I do not expect to find any pecuniary advantages in a diminution of the programme included, among other morceaux, Mercadante's of prices; for, so far, the average of my receipts have been beyond aria, “Ah! s'estinto," and Blockley's “Excelsior.” The manner what I had thought it just to count upon. But the journals of this with which she sustained the interest of the last-named song city have declared themselves on the subject with such unani- through nine verses, and that too in relation to music not of the mity, that I think I ought no longer to refuse to follow their highest rank, showed that a little further experience will enable counsels. Accordingly, during the two or three weeks which her to do ample justice to the nobler songs of Händel, Menit will be possible for me to remain at New York, before pro- delssohn, and others of similar character.' After what we have ceeding to fulfil the engagements I have formed in Boston, Phila- heard, we have little doubt that success will attend her efforts delphia, Havannah, and the Southern States of the Union, the in a metropolis where generally true talent has, on the whole, prices will be as follows :-Balcony and orchestra seats, 3 dols.; fair play. 'Mr. Delavanti sang a very clap-trap sort of song by parquette, dress circle, and first circle, 2 dols.; upper circle, 50c. Hobbs, and was encored of course-a complimeut generally paid There will be no additional charge for securing seats in advance. to clap-trap-and substituted an Irish song of humour, which he By communicating these facts to your readers, you will greatly gave effectively. oblige your obedient servant,
“RAPHAEL FELIX. LIVERPOOL. The festivities in connection with the Duke of “ No. 49, Wall-street, Sept. 20, 1855."
| Cambridge's visit to Liverpool terminated with proper éclat, on
Wednesday evening, by a grand concert in St. George's-hall, for | ing that his forte lies in buffo singing. The tenors were Mr. Hargravo which Madame Clara Novello, Miss Dolby, Herr Reichardt, and and Mr. Dodds, both Leeds gentlemen-the latter an amateur.' Of the Mr. W. H. Weiss were engaged. The concert was announced to chorus we cannot speak too highly. Their pianos and fortes were very commence at eight o'clock, but, as the distinguished visitors did fine. By a perfect agreement between the performers and their skilful not arrive till half an hour later, the audience, about 2,500 in
conductor and trainer (Mr. Spark), by mutual understanding, and number, had time to gaze upon the beauties of the salle, which is
previous joint practice, such success could only be ensured. The whole DOW completed, the organ being finished and presenting a
of the chorus are residents of Leeds and the neighbourhood. ' It in.
cluded ten ladies, who sang the first soprano, and the choir boys of St. beautiful and chaste appearance, in admirable keeping with the
George's church, who sang second soprano. The voices were well prevailing style of ornamentation used in the hall. A chorus,
balanced. The committee cannot do better than give another selection selected from the members of the Philharmonic Society, occupied
from Bishop's works, and they will again be rowarded with a full room. a temporarily-erected orchestra, composed of red damask, with
The promenade and gallery were crowded." . . . white lace, ond flanked on each side with a union jack and a
The committee of the Recreation Society are as indefatigable tricolour, surmounted with crowns of laurel. The chandeliers were much admired, but the star-like jets at the top were
as ever in providing good and cheap music for the “People."
Two concerts will be given under their auspices in the Music not lighted. The Duke wore the ribbon and star of the
Hall next week. The first on Monday, with the Thillon-Braham Garter. He was attended by the Earl of Derby, Lord
party; the second on Saturday, when Miss Birch, Miss Lascelles, Stanley, Lord Chesterfield, Lord Colville, Lady Derby, Lady
Mr. Miranda and Mr. G. Bodda, will sing. I am informed that Emma Stanley, Mr. T. B. Horsfall, M.P., the Mayor, Mrs. Tobin,
the Society is busy rehearsing Acis and Galatea, Lorely, The and several other fashionables. The audience all rose on
Walpurgis Night, etc., all of which are soon to be given with full his entrance, and cheered him heartily for some moments.
orchestra under the direction of Mr. Spark. It is by concerts Immediately on his entrance, Mr. Best struck up “ God save
like these that the public taste will be improved, and music the Queen" on the organ, the solo being sung by Madame Clara
made a source of intellectual enjoyment, as well as a “rational Novello. This was followed by “Partant pour la Syrie," both
recreation." national airs being received with enthusiasm. The concert, we
BIRMINGHAM.-(From a Correspondent.)-Mr. Glydon's concert regret to say, proved rather dul). Madame Clara Novello gained
passed off with éclat on the 27th ult. Our noble Hall was well the only encores of the evening, in an air from Il Giuramento
nigh filled. If encores be a proof of success, this concert was and the morceau, “Sovra il sen" from La Sonnambula, both
most successful, there being no less than seven or eight, which of which were sang with great brilliancy and clearness of tone.
prolonged it to a most unreasonable hour, fatiguing to the artistes Herr Reichardt, fresh from his successes in Hamburgh, was
and the less exacting portion of the audience. The vocalists warmly applauded in both his arias, “ In terra solo," from
were Madame Anna Thillon, Mrs. Insull Barton, Mr. Augustus Don Sebastian, and Beethoven's “ Adelaide." Since he was
Brabam, Mr. F. Gough, Mr. Farquharson, and the bénéficiaire last here, his voice is much improved ; it is fuller and sweeter,
himself. The instrumentalists-Mr. Richardson (fautist), Miss and he bas already become one of the popular tenors of the
Checketts and Mr. Geo. Case (concertinists), and our townsman, day. Mr. Weiss's solo was a song composed by himself, entitled
Mr. Duchemin (pianist). Mrs. Insull Barton's voice is far too “The Blacksmith," one portion of which was the “Old 100th
thin for our great Hall; her style of singing, too, is somewhat Psalm," forming the accompaniment. Miss Dolby sang
rococo. Mr. Augustus Braham somewhat disappointed us: with Mendelssohn's "First Violet." The choir sang two madrigals
such an example as his father, he ought to make much more of and one of Mendelssohn's “Four part songs." The madrigal
his fine voice, and have greatly improved his style of vocalisation. by Ford, “Since first I saw your face," with its graceful
Mr. Farquharson is much improved there was room for imand flowing melody, was most admired. Mr. T. W. Best's
provement. Our young townsman was well received, and organ solos consisted of Sebastian Bach's “ Passacaglia," Mendelssohn's “War March," from Athalia, and one of
acquitted himself well; by diligence and study he may make
much of his voice. Mr. Richardson played as well as ever, and Händel's organ concertos, consisting of an Adagio e Maestoso,
that is saying no little. The concertina performances of Miss Allegro, and Allegretto. All these pieces afforded Mr. Best an
Checketts and Miss Case, though very clever, were lost in the admirable opportunity for displaying every qualification of the
Town-Hall. Mr. Duchemin played three of Mendelssohn's organ, which, in his hands at least, seems one of the grandest and most superb instruments we have heard. The concert concluded
inspired, “ Lieder ohne Worte," and a “Morceaux de Chasse," with “Rule Britannia," amidst another burst of cheering.
by Fumigalli, and was, as he deserved to be, much applauded.
Mr. George Case conducted. LEEDS.—(From our own Correspondent.)-Selections from the
GLOUCESTER.-(From our own Correspondent.)-Our usually works of Sir Henry Bishop monopolised the programme at the People's Concerts last Saturday. The vocalist were, the always
quiet city has this week been enlivened by the visit of an operatic
troupe, who had been previously playing with great success useful and never ineffective Yorkshire soprano, Mrs. Sunder
in Cheltenham. The principal parts have been creditably land, Miss Mary Newbound (a debutante contralto), Messrs.
sustained by Misses Julia Harland, Warrington, Messrs. HerHargrave and Dodds (local tenors), Mr. Delavanti (bass), and a
berte, Henry Corri, Dussek and D'Arcy Read, supported by a chorus of sixty voices, the whole under the conductorship of Mr.
rship of mir: small but efficient chorus and band, conducted by Linley Norman. Spark. I am not able myself to give you a dotailed account of La Sonnambula. The Daughter of the Regiment. The Beggar's this concert, but I append a few sensible remarks abridged from
Opera, and Norma have been the operas represented, and they the Leeds Mercury, which may be interesting :
appear to have given general satisfaction. The attendance was "The artistes were not Madames and Signors, but plain English full and fashionable each evening. We hear that they intend Yorkshire people. The London 'stars,' who scour the provinces at paying us another visit about Christmas ; if they do, it will be a this season of the year, have been profuse in their attendance in Leeds; godsend for the inhabitants of the “fayre citye," who are dreadand Italian and other foreign music has formed the principal item in fully in want of amusement of some kind. their programmes. How great the contrast on Saturday. Mrs. Sunder.
NEWCASTLE.-(From a Correspondent.) - An opera company land gained fresh laurels by her charming voice and exquisite taste.
have just given six performances at the Theatre Royal. Mad. Both her songs were encored; the first, Bid me discourse,' could scarcely be surpassed, and 'Tell me my heart,' one of the most popular
Pyne Galton was the prima donna, a Mr. Locksly Hall (query, of Sir Henry Bishop's compositions, was no less admirable. Miss
after Tenyson !) the tenor, and Mr. Rusenthal (announced from Newbound, a native of Leeds, made her debut on Saturday. She is
some German theatre) the baritone. Their representation of young, but possesses a voice of much compass, sweetness, and power.
Maritana, with an orchestra composed of two violins and an Her contralto notes are especially fine, and she is able to sing G below
harmonicon, was the sorriest piece of lugubrious burlesque the staff-lines strong and clear. She undertook all the contralto por.
ever witnessed. The regular season of the Theatre Royal comtion of the solos, duets, trios, &c. She also sung the soprano solos in
menced last Monday. Cinderella (the version by Albert Smith,) troduced in the chorus, “Daughter of error,' so well, that an encore was the opening piece, with Mr. Howard Paul as the Prince, was awarded her. Miss Nowbound is a pupil of Mr. Spark. Mr. and Miss Featherstone as the nursery heroine. It is beautifully Dolavanti executed the music allotted to him creditably, notwithstand- / mounted, and made a highly favourable impression, as also did the principal artistes concerned in the representation.- Miss | M. Paque performed a solo on the violoncello on airs from Cushman gave two performances last week, appearing in Guy Lucia ; he is a good violoncellist, but lacks fire and enthusiasm, Mannering and Macbeth.
| his playing, however, is very correct and chaste. Mad. Gassier BRIGHTON.-(From our own Correspondent.)-The concert then gave the famous "Ah, non giunge,” from Sonnamseason opened on Saturday evening, at the Town-hall, with bula, so delightfully as to elicit an enthusiastic encore. She Herr Kühe's "annual," and attracted an audience which literally repeated the concluding portion alone, absolutely playing with overflowed the large upper room. All the unoccupied space on it-adorning it in the most fantastical and charming manner. the platform was assigned to the public convenience, and several | This grand display of vocalism was succeeded by a duet, “Se persons, who could not be accommodated in the body of the hall, fiato," by Sig. Susini and M. Gassier, and Donizetti's cavatina, were compelled to put up with places in the adjoining ante “L’Amor suo," by Mad. Grisi. Herr Kühe played another solo chamber. The audience, however, were doomed to serious on airs from L'Etoile du Nord, and then Mad. Gassier sang a disappointment: the following printed bill was handed to the Spanish song, which she dashed off with characteristic effect. company :
At eleven o'clock, although there were two more pieces in the " Brighton, October 6th, Six o'clock. programme, the concert was brought to a termination with the * It is announced with great regret that, in consequence of a severe consent of all present. domestic calamity, Signor Mario is unable to appear this evening. The first of a series of four promenade concerts, given by Mr. The sad intelligence of the sudden death of his mother has plunged Gates, took place in the Music Room of the Pavilion on Monday Signor Mario into the deepest affliction.
evening. Amongst the names of the artists engaged are those * Madame Grisi, Madame Gassier, and the other artistes, will use
| of Messrs. Richardson and Henri Drayton. The other artists their utmost endeavour to atone for the disappointment by intro
are Mr. George Perren (tenor), Miss M. Wells, a contralto singer ducing other morceaux, and thereby preventing any diminution in the
of promise, and Miss J. Wells (soprano). The fute solos of Mr. attractions of the programme. “Money will be returned to any parties who may desire it, on pre
Richardson on Monday night called forth thunders of applause. Benting their tickets of admission at the places where purchased."
His performance of “The last rose of summer,” which he gave
for an encore, was inimitable. In the songs of “Rock'd in the Of course the audience was taken aback, and many complained loudly that the circumstance was not made known sooner
cradle of the deep," and "Mother, he's going away,” Mr. Henri
Drayton was encored; as was also Miss J. Wells in the cavatina Herr Kühe coming in for the hardest knocks. Certainly I can see
of " Bid me discourse." Mr. George Perren was applauded in no reason why the public should not have been informed earlier.
the songs of “ Philip the Falconer” and “My pretty Jane." I perceive by the public papers that the same identical “dodge”
During the evening several duets were sung by the Misses Wells has been tried on in Leeds and Edinburgh. I perceive by the
and by Miss M. Wells and Mr. Perren. Mr. Gates presided at Liverpool papers, too, that a concert was given in that town
the piano. “Looking at the prices," says the Brighton Guardian, with the same artists, on Wednesday last, when a similar
“ it must be admitted that these concerts are well entitled to “sudden" announcement was communicated to the assembled company, and “ led to a most discordant scene.” The
public support; and Mr. Gates is no less deserving of the full
credit of having placed it within the means of almost the Brightonians, nevertheless, are less inflammable, or, perhaps,
humblest lover of music to become acquainted with artists of more genteel, and do not like “ getting up a scene.” They
such respectable standing." An entire change of programme is received the news of the “sudden" domestic bereavement on Saturday, with perfect faith and enviable forbearance.
made for each concert, and the only morning concert was given M. Gassier and Signor Susini commenced the first part with the
on Wednesday, obstreperous “Suoni la tromba," which is getting out of date and growing out of favour. Its day will never return, even THE VOICE.-The organ of voice or larynx has been compared should we get another Tamburini and another Lablache. It to a clarinet, and similar instruments. It is composed of was followed by a trio by Beethoven, for piano, violin, and mouth-piece, the aperture of which admits of expansion or dilavioloncello, extremely well executed by Messrs. Kühe, Blagrove, / tation, and of a tube, which is capable of being lengthened or and Paque. The barytone air from 1 Bravo by M. Gassier, shortened. The tube is situated upon the superior part of the was not highly effective. In the duet, “Tornami a dir,” M. trachea, so that, as the air passes out during expiration, it may Gassier was substituted for Sigpor Mario with Madame Grisi, cause the edges of the aperture, at the entrance of the larynx who was evidently not in good spirits, and the duo was not suc from the mouth, to vibrate. If the upper part of the trachea cessful. Signor Susini's “Vieni la mia vendetta, from Lucrezia be divided, on looking into the larynx from below, the Borgia, was a mistake. The air is bad on the stage, and worse off tube, from being cylindrical, is seen to assume abruptly of it. Nobody ever made anything of it, nor ever will. Herr a triangular prismatic form. The two long sides of the Kühe then played a new composition of his own on airs from triangle extend horizontally inwards and forwards, to meet Il Trovatore, which was received with marked approbation. at the front of the larynx. The base of the triangular opening Madame Grisi followed with Bellini's aria, “Qui la voce,"? is short, and is placed transversely. The mouth or orifice of the chastely and beautifully sung. Next came the event of the larynx is called the “rima glottidis :" the two long edges that evening, the début of Madame Gassier, who surprised the audi- meet at its fore part are temed the "chordæ vocales." On lookence by the manner in which she rendered a valse of Venzano's, ing into the larynx from above, the epiglottis is seen. It consists called 'Ab, che assorta.” Madame Gassier possesses a most extra of a thin flap of fibrous cartilage, held vertically by its elastic ordinary voice, light, fluty, and brilliant, comprehending a range connections against the root of the tongue, but capable of being of about two and a half octaves, with an execution almost thrown down to cover the opening of the glottis, or the reflec perfect. Her roulades are miracles of vocalization; her intova- tion of the mucous membrane, from the edges of the epiglottis to tion is always just; her taste irreprochable, and, in fact, she is the posterior margin of the larynx, and the ventrilicus laryngis, one of the most gifted and accomplished singers of the day. | as the shallow fossa is called, placed immediately above and to Her high notes have been correctly denominated "points of the outside of the chordæ vocales, which permits these parts to light." Nothing purer and clearer, and at the same time, more vibrate freely. The rima glottidis is the mouth-piece of the brilliant, was ever heard; whilst her shake is artistic to an ex- larynx, and corresponds in some measure with the reed of the traordinary degree. The audience was completely electrified, clarinet, or with the lips of a person whilst playing the flute. In and loaded the fair cantatrice with such hearty and vehement pursuing the same comparison, we observed à contrivance similar applause that she was fain to repeat the valse. A solo on the violin to the stops in these instruments by which the tube may be by Mr. H. Blagrove, in his usual neat and masterly style, and a shortened or lengthened, in the alternate rising and falling of duet by M. Gassier and Sig. Susini brought the first part to a close. the larynx. When the larynx is raised, the vocal tube is shortMad. and M. Gassier commenced the second part with "Jota ened; when it is depressed, the tube is lengthened. Accordingly, de los toreros," a Spanish duet sung in the Spanish style. For when an acute note is uttered, the larynx is felt to rise, and to “Good Morrow," by Sig. Mario, Mad. Grisi voluntered a sub- sink when the voice falls to a grave tone.-Curtis on the Deaf stitution, and sang the grand air“Bell' raggio,” from Semiramide, I and Dumb.
given by Mr. Buckingham for the imputed national degeneracy;
“For some time past, the Opera has been the luckiest of Smith-and was received with unbounded applause. The popular
theatres; it is never empty. The enormous success of Les comedian will help to make some amends for the terrible loss
Vépres Siciliennes still continues the same, because it cannot sustained by the new Egyptian play. The manager, very wisely,
increase. The receipts produced by this work, six or seven turned Nitocris into an after-piece the same night, and its
times a month, exceed, in density and hardness, all the showers
of gold ever collected in that tub of the Danaïdæ called the success as a farce-spectacle was immeasurably greater than as a classic drama.
treasury of the Opera, a tub which, however, people say, is beginHAYMARKET.-A new two-act comedy was produced on
ning to have a solid bottom. This is easily intelligible : Verdi
has raised himself to a great height in his new production. Thursday for the purpose of giving Miss Blanch Fane the opportunity of essaying her talents in an original part. The young
Without wishing to underrate the merit of his Trovatore, and so lady, of whose histrionic capab.lities we have hitherto not enter
many other moving scores, we must admit that in Les Vêpres the tained a very high opinion, took the audience by surprise in her
penetrating intensity of the melodic expression, the sumptuous new character, and achieved one of the most triumphant and legi
variety, and the learned sobriety of the instrumentation, the fultimate successes we have witnessed for many years on any stage.
ness and poetic sonorousness of the concerted pieces, the warm Whether it was that the part was specially suited to her, and
colouring that we everywhere perceive, and the force, passionate,
but slow in developing itself, which forms one of the characteristic having no model to guide her, she followed her own instinct, and appeared more natural than before, we cannot say; but certainly
traits of Verdi's genius, impart to the entire work a certain a more real and delightful performance we have seldom seen any
stamp of grandeur, and a sort of sovereign majesty more strongly where. Miss Blanche Fane has made herself famous, and Mr.
marked than in any of the author's previous productions. We
must add that Verdi, while writing for his four principal interBuckstone has cause to be proud of his “Little Treasure." By the way, this is the name of the new comedietta, which is taken
preters, Malle. Cruvelli, and MM. Gueymard, Bonnehée, and from La joie de la Maison, by MM. Anicet Bourgeois and Adrien
Obin, has succeeded in extracting the essence of the talent Decourcelle, produced at the Vaudeville theatre last March. It
peculiar to each of them, and presenting it in the most favour, is a most charming little picture of domestic life, and cannot fail
able light. Hence, the splendid execution which has surprised to have a long run. It was received with thunders of applause
so many persons, a surprise too well-founded upon previous perat the conclusion, and Miss Blanche Fane was honoured with a
formances of master-pieces, in which the defects that characterise
a bad performance were pretty well all united.
“When they want to do anything at the Opera, they are and has made a fresh start with Coleman's comedy of the Heir
generally able to do it. When it is the author who presides at at-Law, which, with the aid of Mr. Shalders as Doctor Pangloss,
the preparatory studies, they almost always wish to do someMr. Gaston Murray, and Miss Helen Love (débutantes here) went
thing. When, however, it is a master-piece whose author is off with unwonted spirit. Miss Prescott Warde also lent some
either dead or absent, it almost always happens that they are valuable aid to the new management in a vaudeville, in which
neither able nor willing to do anything. Verdi is particularly alive, she personated a variety of characters, the most original of which
and was present at all the rehearsals of Les Vépres; hence the was a French female shaver, which she gave with a quiet and
exceptional beauty, to which we have directed attention, of the racy humour which told with due effect on the audience.
| execution.” PANOPTICON.-This institution, after closing for a few days, | RIO JANEIRO.-Madame La Grua began her engagement as re-opened on the 1st instant, for the winter season. The most | Desdemona and Normą. She was enthusiastically received, and attractive novelty is Mr. Buckingham's lectures on English and buried, not under a shower of bouquets, but of wreaths of humItalian music, (divided into a series for each,) with illustrationsming-bird feathers. Her horses were taken from her carriage, on the organ. The lectures are curious and interesting to the which was drawn by her admirers, who also sought a vent for classical amateur. We must, however, object to the reasons' their feelings in illuminations, serenades, and fire-balloons.