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HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY THE QUEEN, H.R.H. THE PRINCE CONSORT. TIIEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE PRINCESSES AND PRINCES OF THE ROYAL FAMILY, The Most Worshipful the Grand Master ol Ireland, His Grace the DUKE of LEINSTER, And Several other DittinQiiithed Freematont; His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, tho EARL of EGL1NTON and WINTON, The LORD BISHOP OF MANCHESTER. Tho Right Worshipful tho MAYOR OF MANCHESTER, 1VIE MACKIE, Esq. His Worship the Mayor of Salford, W. HARVEY, Esq. SIR FREDERICK GORE OUSELEY, Bart., Director of Music at tho University of Oxford. And many of the Nobility, Gentry, Clergy, and dutinguuhed Familiei of the Empire.



Organised in 1848, and developed at THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC BRIDGE STREET, MANCHESTER, established by him expressly as a Great National Institution to facilitate the Encouragement and Promotion of NATIVE MUSICAL TALENT, and the GENERAL ADVANCEMENT OF MUSIC AMONG THE RISING GENERATION, upon his new and eflbctivo system, also as a Normal School for the training of masters to conduct Conservatoires or Music to bo established throughout tho United Kingdom, for Little Children, tho whole comprising an entirely new scheme of NATIONAL EDUCATION, by blending music with genoral instruction, so that tho study of music shall become a branch of education in tho humblest of schools of this country. To illustrate and to rouso an interest in every town and city for these institutions, Dr. Mark travels with a number of his pupils occasionally through tho country—giving lectures, and introducing his highly approved and pleasing Musical Entertainment, entitled DR. MARK AND HIS LITTLE MEN. who number upwards of Thirty Instrumentalists, and a most Efficient Chorus, the whole forming a most uniquo and complete Juvenile Orchostra, composed of LITTLE ENGLISH, IRISH. SCOTCH AND WELCH BOYS, FROM FIVE TO SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE, who play Operatic Selections, Solos, Marches, Quadrilles, Galops. &c, and sing Songs and Choruses in a most effective manner, and to whom Dr. Mark gives a gratuitous General and Musical Education. APPOINTMENTS OF MASTERS AND ARRANGEMENTS OF CLASSES IN THE ABOVE INSTITUTION. Principal of the Royal College of Music ; Director, Composer, and \

Conductor; Lecturer to both Private and Public, Theoretical >Dr. Mark.

and Practical Instrumental and Vocal Classes )

Master of the General Educational Department:} ,»r pOWELL

Writing,Reading, Arithmetic, Grammar, Dictation, I mrlTwo

^story, Geography, Practical Geometry, and Book- j A8gi'8tant Teachers.

Organ' Mr. Baker.


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v,oim'\ Mr. Beard.

Violoncello, Double Bass, and Viola { 2r?i. ItoTMTM!'1

Flute, Piccolo, Oboo, and Clarionet Sig. Cortesk

Cornet and other Brass Instruments Mr. H. Russell.

Concertina (Gorman and English) Mr. Elder.

Vocal Classes { ^"'I*TM 4°d

Dr. Musk has also made provision for the Orphans of tho Musical Profession possessing musical talent, who will find the above institution a happy home, and receive a most effective goneral and musical education, { board, and clothing, freo of all expense.

Littlo Boys, from five to nine years of age, apprenticed for three, five, or seven years by paying a moderate entrance fee to cover tho expenses of instrument and books.

Twelve appointments ready for Masters. For Prospectuses, apply direct to the Royal College of Music, Bridge-street, Manchester.

Dr. Mark is also open to Engagements with his Little Men.

Dr. MARK begs to invite'the Pareuts and Friends, and all those intcrusted in his Enterprise and in the Education of the Youths of this country to visit his establishment. Visiting hours:—From Nine to Eleven, a.mM and Two and Four, p.m. Saturdays and Sundays excepted.





The Programmo will be selected from tho works of



QUARTET, in D minor, No. 2 Ohcrubinl.

M. Sainton, Herr Goffrie, Mr. Doyle, and Slgnor Piatti.
(First time.)

SONG, Soirees, "Gita in Gondola," Rossini.

Mr. Sims Reeves.

SONG, "The Bell Ringer," Wallace.

Mr. Santley.
(By desire.)

SONATA, in C sharp, minor, "Moonlight," for


Horr Emest Lllbeck.
(First tlnio at tho Monday Popular Concerts.)


QUARTET, in F minor, No. 11

M. Sainton, Herr Goffrie, Mr. Doylo, and Signor
(First time at the Monday Popular Concerts.)

SONG, "The Huntsman's Song,"

Mr. Sims Reeves.
(By desire.)

SONG, "Rough wind that meanest loud," J. W.

Mr. Santley.
(By desire.)
(Vocal Illustrations of Shelley.)

TRIO, No. 2. in C minor

Hon- Ernest LUbeck, M. Sainton, and Signor Piatti.


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THE VOCAL ASSOCIATION.—ST. JAMES'S HALL. —President, Tho Rt. Hon. The Earl of Dudley.—Wednesday next, May 16th, at Eight.—Madamu Catherine Goldberg Strossi (Prima Donna from La Scale, Milan) and Miss Stabbach ; also, by the kind permission of E. T. Smith, Esq., the following eminent artistes, from Her Majesty's Theatre, will appear: Signor Mongini, Signor Everardi, and 8ignor Sebastian Ronconi; Mdlle. Marie Brunetti and Mdlle. Vaneri. Pianoforte, Mr. J. F. Barnctt (his third apnearanco »luco his return from Germany). Choir of 200 Voices. Conductor, M. BENEDICT. Sola and balcony stalls, 5s. each; reserved area, 3s.; unreserved. Is. At all tho principal Music-shops, and St. James's Hall Ticket-office.

MRS. JOHN MACFARREN'S Annual Matinee of Pianoforte Music, will take place on Saturday, May 26th, in Hanover-square Rooms : when she will be assisted oy Miss Arabella Goddnrd, M. Sainton, Signor Piatti, Mr. Walter Macfarren, Miss Fanny Rowland, Miss Palmer, and Mr. Santley. Tickets, 10s. 6d., 7s., and Ss. 0d., oi Mrs. Macfarren, 15, Albert-street, Glo'stergate, N.W.

ORCHESTRAL UNION.—MR. ALFRED MELLON begs to announce that he will return to London about tho middle of Juno, when he will bo open to any engagements for tbe Band of the Orchestral Union, which he has reconstructed. Principal Artistes—M M. Sainton, H. Hill, W, Watson, E. Payton, Doyle, Trust, G. Collins, Aylward, Howell, senr, White, P. S. Pratten, Barret, Lazarus, T. Owen, Hausscr, G Harper, Standen, T. Harper, Stanton Jones, W. Winterbottom, Cioffi, Hughes, and F. C. Horton, Applications respecting engagements to bo made to Mr. George Dolby, 2, Hiude-street, Manchester-square, W.

MISS ELEANOR ARMSTEONG begs to announce that her grand Evening Concert will taks place on Wednesday, May 10th, when tho following Eminent Artists will appear: Miss Eleanor Armstrong, Madame Laura Baxter, Mr. William Curomings, and Herr EibouschliU, Mr. Charles Salaman, and Herr Adolphe Ries. Herr Louis Ries, Herr Lidol, and Mr. EUis Roberts. Conductor, Mr. Frank Mori. Tickets, 7s.; Reserved seals, 10s. Cd.; to bo had of Miss Eleanor Armstrong, .at her residence, 30, Osuaburgh-street, Regent'spark; and of the principal music-sellers;

THE LONDON GLEE AND MADRIGAL UNION.— Miss J. Wolls, Miss Eyles, Mr. B.ntor, Mr. W. Cummings, Mr. Land, and Mr. Lawler, respectfully annouuni that an-anarementa have |beon made to resume their successful Entertainments, on Wednesday next, at the Royal Gallery of Illustration, Regent-street, to ho continued every Wednesday and Friday afternoons, at 3, and on Saturday evenings at 6.15. Conductor, Mr. Land. Literary Illustrator, Mr. T. Oliphant. Tickets at Mitchell's Royal Library, Old Bondstreet.

MISS FANNY CORFIELD (Pupil of Professor Sterndale Bennett) will give a Matinee Musicals, at 14, Montague-plaoo, Bryanston-squarc (by kind permission of Mrs. Chapman), on Saturday, the 10th of Mny, when sho will be assisted by the following eminent artists: Violin. M. Sainton; Violoncello, M. Paque; Vocalists, Madame Sainton-Dolby and Mr. Redfearn. Single Tickets, half-a-guinea; family tiekct», to admit three, ono guinea. To be had of Miss. F. Corflold. 29, Burton Street, Eaton-square, and of Messra. Leader, and Cock, 03, Now Bond-street.'

MISS LEEELERS GRAND CONCERT at St. James's Hall, on Tuesday evening, June S, at 8 o'clock. Vocalists—Madamo Lemmens Sherrington, Miss Augusta Thomson, Miss Poolo, Miss Rose Her.sco, Mise Leffler, Madame Weiss; Mr. Weiss, Mr. Santley, Mr. Brandon, Mr. John Morgan, and Mr. Sims Reeves. Pianoforte—Miss Arabella Goddard. Violin— Mdlle. Sophie Humlor. Harp—Mr. Ellis Roberts. Harmonium—Mr. Scotson Clark. Disthi's Vontil Horn Union. Conductors—Mr. W. O, Cusins. Mr. J. Q. Calcott, Mr. Sidney Naylor, Mr. Kingsbury, and Mr. J. L. Hatton. Sofa stalls, 15s. ; balcony, 3s.; area, 2s.; gallery and orchestra. Is. May bo obtained of Miss Leffler, 71, Oxford-street; Mr. Austin, St. James's Hall, 23, Piccadilly; Keith, Prowse, and Co., 48, Cheapside ; Messrs. Cramer, Bealo. and Co., and Addison and Co, Regent-street, Bavies's Library, 34, Portjnan-placo, Malda-hlll; F. B. Garty, Esq., 4, Elizabeth-place, North Brixton, and Chappoll and Co., 50, Now Bond-street.

THE ENGLISH GLEE AND MADRIGAL UNION— Hiss Banks, Mr3. Lockey. Mr. ForsUr. Mr. Lockey, Mr. Montem Smith, Mr. Winn, and Mr. Lewis Thomas, have the honour to announce that their ANNUAL SERIES OF CONCERTS will take place by the kind permission of Messrs. Collard and Collard, at the New Concert and Pianoforte Saloon, 16, Grosvcnor-street, Grosvenor-squarc, on Wednesdays. Juuo 0, 13, 20, aud 27, to commence at Three o'clock. Stalls, 6s.; unreserved seats, 3s.; subscription to Btalls, numbered and reserved, for the scries, jt?l Is. Tickets may be obtained at Chappell and Co.'s, 50, New Bond-street (where a plan of the stalls may be seen); Cramer, Beale, and Co.'s, 201, Repent-street; Leader and Cocks, New Bond-strcot: Ollivier's, Old Bond-street; Keith, Prowse, and Co.'s, 48, Cheapside; and at Addison, Hollier, and Lucas's, 210, Rogoutnrtreet,

HANOVER-SQUARE ROOMS.—MR. MELCHOR WINTER (tcnore), and Mr. BENJAMIN WELLS (flautist), beg to announce tint their GRAND EVENING VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT will take place on the 28th of May at the above rooms. Artists:—Madamo Weiss, Miss Mahlah Homer, M I ss Chipperficld, aud Madamo Sainton-Dolby; Mr. Weiss, and Mr. Melchor Winter; Harmonium, Mr. Scotson Clark, and Flute, Mr. Benjamin Wells, who will perform on Carte's silver cylinder flute, on which he hud the honour of playing before the Queen and the Prince Consort. Conductor, Herr Wilhclra Gauz. Stalls, 7s. 6d, ; ReEorved seats, 5s.; Unreserved, 2s.'and Orchestra, Is. Tickets to be had of Messrs. Cramer aud Co.; Chappells; Boo Bey; Keith, Prows© and Co.; and also of Mr. Benjamin Wells, 23, and Mr, Melchor Winter, 17, St. Jamos's-square, Nottiug-hill, W.

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TION.—The Juvenile, Festival of tho Tonic Sol-fa Association will take place in the Great Orchestra, on Wednesday next, May 16th, the choir numbering 4000 children and 1000 adults, instructed in the Tonic Sol-fa method. Conductors— Mr. John Sarll and Mr. W. S. Youug. Miss Elizabeth Stirling will perform on tho Great Organ at intervals. Open at 10; performance to commenco at 2. Admission, Ono Shilling; children under 12, Sixpence. Reserved Beats (in tbo galleries onlyjj Ualf-a-crown extra.


\J LACE'S GRAND MORNING CONCERT.—Selections from the Operas of Lurlino, Maritana, &c, on Saturday, May 19th at 3 o'clock. Vocalists—Mdlle. Lemmens Sherrington, Madame Weiss, Miss Augusta Thomson, Madame Ijaura Baxter, Miss Fauny Huddart, Miss Poole, and Miss Parepa; Mr Sims Reeves, Mr. Santley, *Mr. G. Perren, Mr. Ramsden and Mr. Weiss. Pianoforte—Miss Arabella Goddard. Violin—Herr Becker. Flute—Mr. Pratten. Conductors—Mr. Manns and Mr. V. Wallace. Tickets, Half-a-cmwn; reserved seats, Half-a-crown oxtra. To bo had at tho Crystal Palace; 2, Exeter Hall; Measra Cramer, Beale, and Co., 201, Ikgeut-strcet; Messrs. Chappoll's, 60, New Bond-street; and at the Libraries, ■ - .


J- (Miss Banks, Mrs. Lockey, Mr. Foster, Mr. Lockey, Mr. Montem Smith, Mr. Winn, and Mr. Lewis Thomas). All applications for Evening Parties and Concerts, in town or country, to be made to Mr. Winn, 114, Camden-roadvillas, N.W.

"VTR. AGUILAR respectfully announces that he will give

Xtx .i Morning Concert, at the Hauover-squnro Rooms, on Monday, June 4th, Vocalists: Madlle. Parepa, Miss Lindo, and Signor Bellettl. Instrumentalists: Messrs. Alfred and Henry Holmes, Herr Lidol, Mr. Pratten, Mr. Nicholson, Mr. Lazarus, Mr. C. Harper, Mr. Waetzig, and Mr. Aguilnr. Conductor, Mr. Frank Mori. On this occasion will be performed for the first time iu public, Mr. Aguilar'a new ,Sestet, for piano, flute, oboe, clarionet^ horn, and bassoon. Reserved scats, 10s. Gd. ■ tickets, 7s.; to be bad at the principal nmsic warehouses, and of Mr. Agullar, lY, West bourne-square, W.

MR. BENEDICT'S ANNUAL MOBNING CONCERT AT HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE, is fixed for Monday 18th June,under the immcdiato patronage of Her Most Gracious Mujesty the Queen; n.R,H. the Prince Consort; H.R.H. the Duchess of Kent; and H.R.H. tho Duchess of Cambridge. The programme will be on tho same scale of former years ; early application for tho few remaining stalls and boxes is respectfully solicited at Messrs. Chappell; Messrs. Leader and Cock, New Bond-street; Messrs. Cramer, Beale, and Co.; Hammond's, late Jullien, Regont-street; Mr. Ollivier's and Mr. Mitchell's, Old Bond-street; Mr. Austen's Ticket-office, St. James's Hall, Piccadilly; and Mr. Benedict's, 2, Manohester-squaro, W.


V-/ Road.—Lessee, Mr. C. Morton.—Every Evening.—C. II. Gounod's Opera, FAUST—Faust, Mr. Houry Herbert; Mephistopheles, Mr. C. Bernard; Biobel, Mrs. Anderson; Marguerite, Miss Russel. Conductor, Jonghmans—and selections from Dinorah, Trovatore, aud Macbeth. Several interesting pictures havo beeu added to tho Fine Arts Gallery. The suite of halls havo been re-decorated and beautified, and constitute one of tho most unique and brilliant sights of tho metropolis.


J- petitleman, a Pianist and Composer, who can read well at sight, wishes for a situation in a musical warehouse. Salary a secondary consideration if practico can bo obtained. No objection to the couutry. Address, A. B., care of Augener aud Co., 4a, Totteuham-court-road.lW.U.

ORGAN FOR SALE CHEAP.—An excellent finger Organ, now, with three full rows CC keys, full compass Bourdon pedals, and four composition pedals, in mahogany oase, 10 feet 6 inchos high, 0 feet wide, 24 draw stops. Also a GG ditto, 2 full rows, second hand; and a GG finger and barrel, church scale. At King's Organ Factory,1 Bear-yard, Lincoln's-inu-fleids, W.C.

THE ARION" (Eight-Part-Choir).—The members of this Society will meet until further notice every Thursday oveuiu?, at 8 o'clock, at 18, Burners-street, Oxford-street. Conductor, Mr. ALFRED GILUERT.

F. F. REILLY, Hon. 8ce. Persons desirous of joiniog the choir are requested to address the Secretary.

MISS ELLEN LYON, Vocalist (Soprano). Letters respecting all public and private engagements to be addressed 26, Charlesstreet, Berners-strcet, W.


PGRANT AND CO., Typographical Music and General • Printers, Lithographers, aud Engravers, Oranyo-streot, and Ked Lionsquare, Holborn, respectfully inform the above that they are prepared to undertake works to any extent in Music Printing, upon the most reasoxiable terms, and with the greatest accuracy and dispatch.

MUSIC PRINTING FOR THE TRADE. Estimates, and Specimens of Music Founts sent to any part of tho United Kingdom.

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"' The Winter being over,'1 part-song "—composed by Ellen Avery (Charles Jefferys). The words of this part-song— written in 1G53, by one Ann Collins, offer a quaint mixture of matter-of-fact and poetry.

The music is melodious, characteristic, and remarkably well written. Miss Avery should be encouraged to proceed; her feeling and taste being alike unquestionable.

"The Singer's Library of Concerted Music"—edited by John Hullah (Addison and Hollier). No. 23 of the Secular Division contains a part-song, the words by Charles Swain, the music by Maria Tiddeman—" Iftliou sj^etdest though snows surround thee." This is quite as neatly written as the partsong of Miss Avery; but the melody is hardly so attractive. In addition to the foregoing, the same number includes Samuel Webbe's catch, "Zephyr, I can tell you wliere" which was scarcely worth reviving.


The first performance of Bon Giovanni, on Saturday, was, in more than one respect, a remarkable one. The discovery of even a tolerable Don Giovanni was an unlooked for event, so many had been the failures since the retirement of Tamburini. Signor Everardi, who now impersonates the libertine nobleman at Her Majesty's Theatre, if not a perfect representative of the character, is by many degrees the best we have seen of late years, His voice is rich, mellow, and flexible, and, although not an Italian, sings like a genuine Italian artist. Signor Everardi looks the part, moreover, extremely well, and acts with great intelligence. His deportment is natural and graceful, and his movements and gestures are easy and unconstrained. That Signor Everardi nas something yet to acquire before he can be thoroughly pronounced master of the most exacting character in the whole range of the lyric drama, is unquestionable ; but that time and experience will perfect what has been so well begun, there is good reason to expect. However, at any rate, viewed even as it stands, the Don Giovanni of Signor Everardi is entitled to very high praise. It is gentlemanly, spirited, and free from all exaggeration as an histrionic portraiture, while as a display of vocal art it is irreproachable. The duet, " La ci darora," (with Madame Borghi-Mamo), and the serenade, * Deh vieni alia finistra," both given with infinite taste and propriety of expression, was unanimously redemanded. Madame BorghiMamo has added materially to har reputation by her performance of Zerlina, which has hardly been surpassed in our recollection. More exquisite singing could uot be heard than the incomparably beautiful air, * Batti, hatti," and " Vedrai carino," the latter of which was encored with acclamations, and the former only escaping on encore through an injudicious departure from the text, in order to " round off" the cadence (we suppose) in accordance with Mad. Borghi-Mamo's (not Mozart's) idea of finish. Such singing requires no clap-trap to recommend it. In the duet with Don Giovanni (encored, as we have said), Mad. Borghi-Mamo was admirable. Of Madlle. Titiens' Donna Anna we can only reiterato the high encomiums expressed last year. It is, perhaps, his grandest performance. Signor Vialetti sang the music of Leporello with remarkable vigour and correctness. Madlle. Vaneri gave that of Elvira carefully, but exhibited little acquaintance with the business of tho stage, Signor Castelli surprised everyone in the Commendatoro, which must havo satisfied the manager that his talents have heretofore been underrated. Signor Giugliui sang "Delia sua paco" to perfection, and would have been as successful in " II niio tesoro" but for certain alterations (by no means improvements) of tho text of Mozart. The house was crowded to suffocation.

On Tuesday, Norma was given for tho first time, and attracted an overflowing audience. Madlle. Titiens, as the High Priestess, and Signor Mongini, as Pollio, achieved their accustomed success. The other characters call for no especial notice.

Don Giovanni was repeated on Thursday, and to-night RigoUtto will introduce Madlle. Brunetti as Gilda, and Signor Scbastiani Ronconi as the jester.

Mrs. Mathews' Friends For The Fireside.—Any book from the widow of the celebrated Charles Mathews would be favourably received by tho public. , This work will take its stand upon higher ground than personal respect—it will be esteemed one of the most valuable additions to literature that has for a long time appeared. It is rich in anecdote—it is replete with witits fund of recollections of men and things is unsurpassed—its notings and selections evince a refined mind and good taste—its gravities will be appreciated by all thinking people. In fact, the book will prove a mine of wealth to every class—to the wit —to the men of the world—to the clergy—to the politician— to old and young of both sexes—above all, to the literary man. —Globe.

Organist Appointment.—Mr. J. M.Koberts, organist and choirmaster of Chapeltown and Moorallerton Churches, and formerly articled pupil of Mr. Spark, has been appointed organist and choir-master of the Parish Church, Thirsk. The selection was made by competition, the candidates having their abilities tested in various ways by Dr. Monk, organist of York Minister.


One of the best representations of the Trovatore ever witnessed at this theatre took place on Thursday night week, when the zeal and energy exhibited on all hands were tho more remarkable, inasmuch as the audience, though numerous and fashionable, was, in a great measure, one of the most frigid and apathetic of the season. The third of Madame Grisi's "farewell appearances," it seemed the fixed resolve of the unequalled lyric tragedian to persuade the house of the difficulty of ultimately replacing her. From the opening air, "Tacea la notte"—the slow movement of which was rendered with genuine pathos, and the "allegro" with wonderful brilliancy—to the final scene, where the self-poisoned Leonora succumbs in the presence of her lover, just at the moment of convincing him that she is innocent, her performance was admirable alike from a dramatic and a musical point of view. Signor Mario, too— who has now recovered from the temporary indisposition that, year after yoar, memorializes his passage across the Channelwas quite himself, and, as a natural consequence, his Manrico was as nearly faultless as could bo imagined. The song of tho Troubadour (behind the scenes) j the graceful apostrophe to Leonora ("Ah, si bicn mio") and its fiery sequel, "Di quella pira," where Manrico hastens to tho rescue of Azucena; the plaintive appeal from the prison (" Ah! che la m«rte") in the scene of the "Miserere;" and last, not least, the concluding duet, in which the indignant malediction, " Va, ti abbomino, ti maledico," yields to a burst of tenderness when the fatal effects of the poison begin to show Manrico how cruel and unjust had been his suspicions, were, without reservation, displays of the highest excellence. Only once during the evening was there even a hint at failure ; and this happened in the "cadenza" at the close of "Ah, si ben mio" (not a very striking ornamental passage, by the way), which somewhat weakened the impression that otherwise would have been produced by a thoroughly perfect example of cantabUe singing. When Grisi and Mario, thus well disposed, are encouraged by an unrestricted command of physical resources into a resolute determination to gratify their hearers, it is not easy to over-estimate the value of their combined exertions. Anything more splendid, anything more touching and appealing, than the duet between Leonora and Manrico, has rarely ueen witnossed on the Italian stage. Madame Csillag, by the manner in which she sang the melodious phrase," Ai nostri monti ritorncremo," materially enhanced the artistic effect, her skilfully subduod tones in the dream of tho sleeping

gipsy contrasting exquisitely witli tho accents of the hero and eroine, whoso passionate and absorbing grief makes them altogether oblivioHs of the presence of a third person. This lady's Azucena has not been equalled as a picturesque and vigorous conception since Madame Viardot first impersonated the character in London. Tho scene in which, while narrating to her pretended sou the story of her former life, the gipsy gives utterance to the despair that accompanies her remembrance of its most terrible and fatal incident, was a masterpiece of vocal declamation, made doubly impressive by its dramatic truthfulness. Here and there a vestige of Teutonic exaggeration may have possibly been detected, but the whole was too intensely real, too vividly and poetically portrayed, not to extort the liveliest and most unanimous sympathy. Without touching on other points—in their way no less entitled to praise—we may add, that by her performance of Azucena, Madame Csillag has entirely justified the favourable opinion solicited by what was, of course, a far higher intellectual effort—her Fidelio. The first appearance of Signor Graziani—whoso Conte de Luna chiefly resolves itself into the most musical, and in all respects satisfactory delivery on record of the popular air " II balen del suo sorriso," was another event which contributed to tho general attraction of the performance. This gentleman's voice—neither absolutely barytone nor absolutely tenor, but an agreeable fusion of the two—is as fresh and as beautiful as ever. His method of singing reveals no sign of modification; but that it was as acceptable as on previous occasions was evidenced in the warm reception accorded to "II balen," which gained one of the two encores of the evening—the other being awarded to Madame Grisi and Signor Mario in the "Miseroro." After bestowing such unqualified commendation, it would be superfluous to speak of '■ recalls" and such-like manifestations of courtesy on toe part of the public, which the habit of the age having made conventional, are too often indiscriminately awarded.


On Saturday, instead of Fra Diavolo, which had been announced, Dinorah was substituted, by desire of Her Majesty, who with the Prince Consort visited the theatre for the first time this season.

On Tuesday the first representation of // Barbiere for two years attracted the most brilliant audience of the season. The fact of Mario having resumed his old part of Count Almaviva— his most finished and admirable impersonation in the opiniou of many—gave additional interest to the performance ; while the first appearanco of Madame Miolau-Carvalho, in Rosina, was anticipated with general curiosity. On no former occasion have we heard the great Italian tenor sing the music so exquisitely. So thoroughly docs it suit him, that it is unaccountable how, under any circumstances, Mario should have resigned the part of Almaviva to another. As well might Tamburini in his best days have resigned the part of Don Giovanni to a barytone of less renown. The secession of Mario robbed the Barbierc of the chief among its very many attractions, and this, no doubt, was the reason of its being abandoned last season, for the first time since the institution of the Eoyal Italian Opera. The subscribers and public may be thankful for any cause which brought him back to his post, for he positively never sang better than on Tuesday, and never produced a greater effect. From "Ecco ridente," to the trio, ■ Ah, qual colpo," his voice not only displayed its unrivalled quality, but his vocalisation that case, grace, and flexibility which have made him perhaps the most accomplished singer of Bossini's music the stage has seen. Another powerfulattraction was Eonconi's Figaro, a masterpiece of a different kind, but no less incomparable than Mario's Almaviva. The singing and acting of the two in the famous duet, "All idea di quel metallo," could not have been surpassed; and without entering into further details about the performance of the prince of Figaros> we may say that Ronconi was in the true vein, and sustained the character of the mercurial barber with wonderful animation and esprit from "Largo al factotum," to the end. Madame Miolan-Carvalho was a charming Rosina, acting with infinite naivete', and singing with wonderful brilliancy; but her voice being a high soprano, she was scarcely so much at home with the music as with that of Dinorah. The transposition of " Una voce" from E to G is by no means without precedent, but the ornaments in many instances were far more elaborate and redundant than Rossinean, Mad. Carvalho's success in Rosina, nevertheless, was decided. Signor Tagliafico ave a bold and vigorous sketch of Don Easilio, and M. Zclger '\ his utmost to render Bartolo amusing. The overture was 3 with acclamations, and the same compliment paid to Bt.fr. "Zitti, zitti," in the last sceno.



At the fourth concert of the second season, which took place on Wednesday night in St. James's Hall, this new and flourishing society—which counts among its members nearly all the chief professors and amatenrs of music, foreign and native, residing in the metropolis—furnished a programme in strict consonance with that element of its constitution which principally distin"uishes it from other associations of tho kind. It will be seen, the following, that a new work of importance, from tho pen fan eminent living composer, was one of the prominent features i the selection :—

Pibt I.

... .,. Mozart.

'(First time of porformanco) G. A. Macfarrcn.
1'abt II.

Concerto in G, Pianoforte, Mr. Charles IlalM ... Beethoven.
Aria, "Cangio d'aspetto" (Admeto), Madame

Sainton-Dolby ... ... ... ... Handel.

Grand Air, "Jo suis sauvtfe enfin" (Lo Domino

Noir), Madame Lemmens Sherrington ... Auber. Overture (Guilhrame Tell) ... ... ... Boesini.

Conductor—Mr. Alfred Mellon.


A finer execution of Mozart's incomparable symphony in G minor (the minuet and trio of which was encored), or more faultless indications of the times of each movement than those expressed by Mr. Alfred Mellon, we do not remember. The introduction of a symphony by Mozart was a happy idea, and never was perfect music more thoroughly appreciated. Another rich treat was the masterly performance of Beethoven's superb and romantic pianoforte concerto by M. Charles Hall6, who played his part without book, with a readiness for which ho is proverbial, and achieved a brilliant success. The orchestral accompaniments, so original, so elaborate, and so overflowing with rare fancy, were given by the baud to perfection. The least admirable .featuro of tho evening was the overture to OwiUaumc Tell, in which tho noise of tho wind instruments completely drowned the stringed instruments.

To the execution of Mr. Macfarren's new cantata, and of the work itself, we have alluded in another page.

The aria of Handel (though admirably given by Madame Sainton), and the song from the Domino Noir, did not create any particular impression. Madame Lemmens was by no means so perfect in Auber's florid as in Mr. Macfarren's legato music, and wo doubt very much if bravura is her forte, notwithstanding the flexibility and compass of her voice.

PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS. The Hanover-square Rooms were crowded on Monday night, at the second concert, and yet the programme contained scarcoly a new feature, as the following will show :— Pakt I.

SInfonia, "So. 7 Haydn.

Rccit., Aria (Figaro), Mr. Santley Mozart.

Concerto, No. 1, pianoforte, Herr Ernst Lubeck Mendelssohn.

Scona (Oboron), Millie. Parepa Weber.

Overture (Euryanthe) , Weber.

Past II.

Sinfonia Pastorale ... Beethoven,

Aria (Siige de Corintlic), Millie. Parepa Kossini.

Berceuse, Torantelle, pianoforte, Herr Lubeck ... Ernst Lubeck.
Duetto (Acrneee), Mdlle. Parepa and Mr. Santley Paer.

Overture (Pre1 aux Clcrcs) Herald.

Conductor—Professor Sterndale Bennett, Mus.D.

If any proof were wanting that the Philharmonic Concerts owe their fame, and must be indebted for continued longevity, to the influenco of a certain series of acknowledged great works, the success of last night's entertainment would suffice. Haydn, Mozart, and Beothoven, Cherubini, Weber, Spohr, and Mendelssohn—with proportionate examples from the vocal music of the Italian masters, and occasionally, where incontestable merit warrants the innovation, an instrumental or vocal piece by one of our best English writers—would suffice to sustain the Philharmonic Society for another half century. The Musical Society of London and the New Philharmonic Concerts may find it in their interest to produce novelties, while the Monday Popular Concerts—the most remarkable institution of the kind ever established in this country—can afford to be universal, and to ransack the libraries of chamber-music, both ancient and modern j but the Philharmonic Society has an exclusive mission —that of periodically affording its subscribers the opportunity of hearing, well executed, tho most unblemished masterpieces of the art. And, after all, it is hardly too much to listen to the symphonies of Mozart and Beethoven (not to go further into particulars) once a year, or once In four-and-twenty months.

Haydn's No. 7 (of the Saloman set)—the finale of which is one of its composer's most genial, characteristic, and spontaneous effusions—was played somewhat roughly, somewhat— as the French significantly express it—" en robe de chambre." On the other liand, Beethoven's magnificent musical poem was given to perfection, the second movement especially (tho Rivulet), with a scrupulous exactness of detail which, amid their many striking qualities, is not often observed in our English orchestras. The times of every movement—thanks to the refined musical taste of the conductor—were irreproachable. Another grand performance was that of Weber's overture to Euryanthesn inspiration which appears on all occasions

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