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lish concert frequenters; a new tenor, Mr. , maidens to their masters' house is a charmReeves, and a baritone, Mr. Whitworth. Of ing scene; and two songs therein, by Mr. these, Madame Dorus-Gras merits the pas. Her Reeves and Miss Birch, were the gems of the trial was the severest. Very few singers dare opera. The plot goes on rapidly. Of course venture to take part in a foreign opera - witness the noble servants vanish; the lovers are in Jenny Lind, Alboni, and Miss Birch; to all despair. Lyonel becomes a soldier, gains rank, three of whom the French language was an in- and in a passing glimpse of the court, fancies he surmountable impediment. But Dorus-Gras discovers in Lady Henriette a likeness to his has fearlessly dared the ordeal, and succeeded. mysterious love; a scene wherein he hides, and She sang her English libretto with but a slight listens to her wild, careless-hearted singing, is foreign accent, which practice will soon make one of the best. Miss Birch's voice was delistill less. Her acting was tender and touching, cious: she seemed to play with the melody in though rather wanting power ; but her singing very idleness, returning to it again and again was exquisite. Her clear flexible voice seemed with a bird-like warble, perfectly enchanting. To perfectly to revel in its own beauty: Mr. Reeves, return, Lyonel woos her; she spurns him, and as Edgar, achieved a veritable triumph. This he goes mad. Then Henriette finds out how well artiste is a specimen of what perseverance can she loves the lowly yeoman. The Queen too, do. He came out in London as a singer in whose life he has saved, is ready to heap favours 1942, and signally failed. He went to Italy, has upon him. At last he is taken to his old home. studied ever since in that nursery of song, and Henriette re-appears in her maid-servant's dishas now appeared, finished vocalist, able to guise, and he is restored to reason. Such is a rival the best English tenors. His style is faint outline of the plot. Where all is so good it essentially Italian, as might be expected, even is difficult to particularize. Numberless melodies his voice has caught that liquid softness of of a pleasing character gemn the opera, and the tone which seems peculiar to the “ sweet arrangement of the choruses is throughout ex.south.” His acting is full of taste and feeling; cellent. Many of the airs will doubtless take and in the glorious death-scene, that master the popular ear: one in particular, which Lyonel piece of Donizetti's operatic power, he was in- sings when the two damsels visit his yeoman's imitable. Four recalls during the opera, and a tor- home, was marvellously beautiful; and a chorus rent of applause at its conclusion, marked Mr. of villagers-a light allegro movement-took Reeves's perfect success. Mr. Whitworth was amazingly. Of all the opera, the portion where not less well received: his part of Henry was no the music rises to most original and poetic easy task, for he had to tread on the footsteps of feeling, is in the masque of “ Orpheus and Tamburini and Ronconi—both great actors, as Eurydice," performed before Queen Elizabeth. well as singers; but he took courage, and did Here Orpheus (Miss Miran) has a charming exceedingly well. His voice is naturally fine in song; and there is a chorus of the infernal quality, and carefully cultivated; and his acting powers, to which Cerberus barks a refrain, which is good, though rather too schooled and formal. is a curious specimen of the bizarre in music. When practice gives hin ease and freedom on There is also, in the early part of the opera, a the stage, he will be a real acquisition.
capital laughing chorus. Altogether, the “Maid The next event at Drury-lane was the bringing of Honour” will much raise Balfe’s fame, as a out of Balfe’s new opera, the “ Maid of Honour.” fine, intellectual composer. We must now speak This is, take it all in all, one of the finest works of the artistes engaged in its performance. It that has emanated from the composer's pen. was Miss Birch's debut on the stage; she is The libretto is dramatic, with a due alternation undoubtedly, a most exquisite singer, but she between the tragic and the comic. This is quite has yet much to learn as an actress; she looks necessary to what may be termed the second class unaccustomed to the stage, and her acting, of operas- the musical equivalent to “domestic though careful and lady-like, wants that earnest dramas ;” and perhaps this style is more generally enthusiasm which marks genius. One longs for popular. There are many who vastly prefer “ Il a little abandon, a natural force to make one Barbière” to “Anna Bolena," or "Norma.” forget Miss Birch, and feel only the character The “ Maid of Honour” opens at the court of impersonated. Her best points were the birdQueen Elizabeth, with a chorus of female voices, like ditty already alluded to, and one in which led by the Lady Alison (Miss Miran). Then she strives to recall her lover's senses. Her we have a scene between the Queen's cham- vocalization was perfect, simple, thrilling, and berlain, Sir Tristram (Mr. Weiss), and the free from those undue fioriture which are the maid of honour, the Lady Henriette (Miss Birch); bane of the Italian school. Yet some of her but the gentleman appears to sue in vain. The ornaments were very charining and brilliant, next is a charming scene—a statute-fair; to particularly one passage, where she descended which the two ladies of the court come, in dis- from a high and long-sustained note, by semiguise, attended by their unwilling servitor, Sir tones of charming purity, to a low pianissimo Tristram. For a frolic, they have appeared shake. Miss Miran is a mezzo-soprano singer as servant maids, and, unable to evade the of considerable merit, and her acting is easy and consequence, are hired by two yeomen
agreeable. Mr. Whitworth, as Walter, seconded Walter (Mr. Whitworth), and Lyonel (Mr. her well. But the most finished actor, the most Reeves), who are, of course, the lovers of the exquisite singer was Mr. Reeves. He is worthy opera. The entrance of the disguised hand- to stand but one step lower than Mario; nay, his acting at times rivals that of the great tenor, remains for us to speak of Marston in Orlando ; who is often content merely to sing mechanically. here his physique is strongly against him, no It is impossible to describe how completely Mr. one can imagine such an Orlando ! But his Reeves carried away the audience with him from acting was better than usual; not too solemn, first to last. In the scene where in his madness but light and pleasing. And this leads us to Lyonel is brought to his old home, his acting as speak of him in a part which he delineated adwell as singing was surpassingly beautiful. Mr. | mirably --Milman's Fuzio, which has been acted Reeves is evidently full of genius : it breathes in once or twice during the month; he seemed to every tone of his voice, every look, every throw himself into the character, and painted gesture; he will be our English Mario, or one to the life the vacillating husband; his tragic still greater. All good fortune to him!
scenes were free from rant, and his quiet ones
less formal than we have ever before seen; and SADLER'S WELLS.
his acting in the prison, where Fazio for the last
time kisses Bianca's cheek, and leaves her The revival of “ As you like it” at the be- standing in stony despair, was most touching. ginning of the month has proved eminently It gives us sincere pleasure to be able to speak successful. As an artistic embodiment of Shak- thus well of Mr. Marston. Criticising Laura spere's dream of the Forest of Arden, it may Addison is always a labour of love; her Bianca rank with Phelps's edition of the “Tempest.” it is impossible to review dispassionately; it reThe scenery throughout is most beautiful : three mains on the mind like a dream of agony-fear, views in the forest we may particularize as being sorrow, with a thread of womanly love running one's very ideal of this Arcadia of the bard. through all. Truly this young creature will be, Shakspere's plays are no slight trial to modern must be a great actress one day. Other revivals stage-machinists, as he changes the scenes so have filled up the time until the Christmas holivery often, and with such wayward transition - days, but we have not space to particularize. At as in this drama-from the court to the forest, Sadler's Wells few things are decidedly ill done, and back again to the court. This was doubtless and many things-thanks to Mr. Phelps's good a matter of slight consequence to those old Thes- taste-are done excellently. pians who probably never troubled themselves about uniformity of scenery, or there being no
MARYLEBONE. scenery at all. Miss Cooper, not Miss Addison, was the Rosalind; so our last month's prognos- Mrs. Warner's cheval de bataille this month tications failed : but Miss Cooper left no cause for has been the “ Scornful Lady” of Beaumont regret; she seized the points of this difficult part and Fletcher. Whatever may be said of the old with a skill and penetration that showed her to dramatists, this play is certainly innocent of the possess talents much beyond her usual line of grand requisite of the stage-a plot. It may all *walking ladies" in after-pieces. She delivered | be summed up in this trite sentence: the lady all Rosalind's caustic, acute, yet lady-like satire, abuses her lover, her lover abuses her; they with true discrimination. We never saw more mutually abuse one another, make it up and are completelythe difference between Shakspere’s wo- married. It is all talkee-talkee from beginning man of intellect, who plays with her wit as with to end--a battle of words. But this is only in polished arrows, and the “ lively young lady” reference to the play as a play, without imof some modern dramatists, whose tongue is pugning Mrs. Warner's style of bringing it on more like an unwieldy batıle-axe, wherewith to the stage; this she did in a manner tasteful and knock people on the head. Miss Cooper made liberal in the extreme. The comedy, as to a “marvellous pretty youth,” and her acting as scenery, dresses, and appointinents, was a perGanymede, while she kept up the deception of fect realization of domestic manners in the time the part, was neither ultra-boisterous nor un- of James I., even to the minutiæ of household feminine. Mr. Phelps, as Jacques, made a whole adornments: it was truly all antiquarian study, length portrait of Shakspere's charming minia- and reflected the utmost praise on the inanage, ture, filling out all the lights and shades ad- ment. Mrs. Warner's part of the Lady showed mirably; he personated to the life the moody, her versatile powers, inasmuch as it is highly satirical philosopher. Scharf's Touchstone was comic-a second edition of Katherine, the shrew also thoroughly Shaksperian--a capital bit of | --but she sustained it with nice feeling, and comedy. Mr. Johnson did not either look or fully entered into the dramatist's conception. act half enough of the villain in Oliver. The The grand features of the “Scornful Lady" are numerous small parts were well filled, especially its point and raciness of dialogue, and its natural the very little one of William ; nor must we truthfulness: these Mrs. Warner exhibited in omit the pleasing singing of Mr. Binge, as their best light. Mr. Graham impersonated the Amiens ; indeed the whole scene wherein is the elder Loveless with spirit and judgment, but he song, “Blow, blow, thou winter's wind,” was has not quite learned that quiet style of acting first-rate; and the chorus, " What shall he have which is worth all the ranting in the world. Mr. that killed the deer?" was also “ excellently well G. Vining is gradually acquiring this subdued done.” Miss St. George, whose name we see manner, and therefore becomes every week more among the Drury-lane chorus, improves much pleasant to see; he will make a good actor in in her voice and style of singing; she sustained time. Among Mrs. Warner's revivals of a less the upper treble in this glee capitally. It only important character has been the time-honoured
musical piece of the "Poor Soldier,” Miss Hud- I had the “Rivals,” one of the everlastings of the dart appearing as the Soldier : it sounded strange stage. Mrs. Malaprop and Sir Anthony Absoto hear from her the old ditties, the “ Rose-tree lute are the especial property of Mrs. Glover and in full bearing” and “My Friend and Pitcher,”: l'arren. Mrs. Nisbett, as Lydia Languish, was, memorials of the long past days when Incledon as she always is, charming. The Roused Lion and Braham charmed the public. Miss Hud- still carries all before it, as certainly he deserves to dart shewed another excellent qualification he to, for Webster--the most versatile actor on the sides her pleasing looks and quiet, lady-like stage--has made the part his own. One of the acting, viz., a fine deep contralto voice, which latest revivals has been “ Much ado about she manages well, and will still better, with time nothing,” in which Mrs. Nisbett and Mr. and practice. By the time this notice appears, Webster have shone forth as Beatrice and Benethe pantomimes will have begun their day. Mrs. dick. We know no greater theatrical treat than Warner has secured the best clown on the stage, to see this pair in characters to which they fitso that hers promises well for the young play- though for that matter their great talent, and goers, who delight in such things.
which in fact raises them above their fellow HAYMARKET.
actors, is their power of identification with the
ideal personages represented. Too many of the We shall be in type when the Christmas no- actors of the present day owe their popularity to velties are produced; but, with this reservation, some personal peculiarity at which the audience there is little to chronicle in the past month. laugh, and to illustrate which hack authors “ Family Pride” ran its day, no very lengthened write: but Webster belongs to the class of one; but, considering the eternal craving for Garrick and Kean, in whom we individually norelty, which in the public seems to increase believe-though we are dreadful heretics about yearly, a piece which runs a dozen nights can some other histrionic idols---and we often regret scarcely be considered a failure. However, Mr. that he is a manager, instead of devoting himWebster has thought it best to go back to the self entirely to the stage; for we believe him to old standard drama, and accordingly we have be one of the greatest of living actors.
FASHIONS FOR JANU A RY.
Paris once more begins to look like itself; for trimmed in a very plain style, but are also in the near approach of New Year's Day has favour both for public promenade and halfbrought back the beau monde both of the aris- dress. Velours épinglé is in very great vogue tocracy and commerce; and despite the general both for cupotes and chapeaux : a mixture of distress among the trading part of our popula- satin with it is very much seen in the former ; tion, the season promises to be a brilliant one. black lace is frequently added. Some of the The forms and materials of out-door dress were most novel capotes are composed of satin, and last inonth in a great degree decided; the num- trimmed with narrow rouleaux of velours épingle ber of pardessus is, however, increased, by the alternately with rows of narrow black blonde introduction of some velvet ones, of a form be- lace. The satin is gathered in small close bouiltween the mantelet and the mantle: they are lons, with a rouleau or lace on each row. As made rather more than a half-length behind, these capotes are made close, some have no long, and sloping almost to a point in front, and trimming in the interior of the brim; others are closed from the throat to the bottom hy a row of decorated with a narrow blonderuche at each side, buttons of a new form: they are wadded, lined lightly intermixed with narrow velours épinglé. with satin, and trimmed in general with fur; in- ! The satin is usually pink groseille, or bishop's deed, notwithstanding the number of other violet : the velours épinglé may either be of the triinmings, both of passementerie, black lace, same colour or black; but the lace is always velvet, and ribbon, furs predominate ; and black. Passementerie is sometimes employed to though the weather is still mild for the time of decorate capotes : it is a kind of net, entirely year, several fur mantelets have appeared. I covering the crown: a new and pretty kind of have selected the two most fashionable forms ornament descends from it on each side of the for our plates : they are made not only in ermine brim. These capotes are either satin or velours and sable, but in a variety of inferior furs. I need épinglé, of a dark hue; the passementerie corhardly observe that the latter, though to a cer- responds: the interior of the brim is trimmed tain degree fashionable, are not adopted by with citron or cherry-coloured coques and brides belles of the haut ton.
of ribbon. Some capotes, of a more dressy The materials for chapeaux and capotes re- kind, are composed of yellow satin : it is a new main the same: the forms, as my fair readers and very bright shade of the colour : two falls will see by the plates, have suffered a slight mo- of blonde of the same hue partially cover the dification. Capotes are still adopted exclusively brim, and a small blonde point, thrown over the for complete déshabille : in that case they are crown, is retained at each side by a tuft of balsams, of a deeper shade than the satin : they colour of the patterns. The sleeves are very are encircled with dark green foliage : tufts of wide and long ; they are looped to the elbow by very small balsams, without foliage, decorate a cord and tassels : there is also a rich cordethe interior of the brim. An attempt is making, lière at the waist, but no other garniture. Plain and I think it will be successful, to bring in the silks and plain poplins are also employed for capotes douillettes (wadded bonnets), that were robes de chambre; some are made with corsages greatly in vogue some seasons ago : as yet they en revers, the revers descending in robings down are adopted only for early morning négligée, and the front of the skirt : it is frequently bordered have no other trimming than a black lace veil, or with several rows of narrow velvet ribbon; silk one of coloured tulle, thrown carelessly over the ones are quilted all round in very pretty patterns. crown. I have seen some, both in pink and Cashmere still retains its vogue as the most deblue satin, intended for the afternoon prome- cidedly elegant material for robes de chambre, nade; they were quilted in the style of em- but now it is always plain, either grey or féutre, broidery, and trimmed either with a bouquet of and trimmed with very rich ornaments in passeshort shaded têtes des plumes, attached on one menterie. side by a butterfly knot of ribbon with floating Such of my fair readers as amuse themselves ends, or else a rouleau of velours épingle was with embroidery, may like to know what sort of placed at the bottom of the crown in front : it is slippers are worn with these elegant robes de attached on each side by a single half-blown chambre : some are of velvet embroidered in rose; the ends descend in sharp points upon the silk and gold thread; others are in tapestry au brim.
petit point on cloth, in satin quadrilled au croVelvet chapeaux are much in favour for the chet in five different colours; they are lined with public promenade; the majority are of dark fur, and fastened with fancy silk' buttons. colours, black, bleu de Roi, and chocolate brown: The English need no longer accuse us, when they are generally lined either with velvet or they are speaking of comfort, of having neither velours épinglé, of bright hues, and tastefully the word nor the thing; for, thanks to our intrimmed either with flowers or an intermixture tercourse with them, we have both; and I beof blonde and ribbon in the interior of the brim : lieve few English ladies study the comfortable the exterior is decorated with a bouquet com- in their toilettes so much as we do. I may posed of three short feathers : they are of dif- mention, as a proof of my assertion, the revival ferent lengths, and the longest droops low upon of douillettes (wadded pelisses), and the vogue the brim. I observed that one of these chapeaux which the pretty little coins de feu still continue had several rows of narrow velvet ribbon placed in to enjoy. The douillette was formerly never lozenges upon the lining; the effect is novel, but adopted but in complete déshabille, or as a firenot by any means pretty. Feathers are almost side wrap: it is true it was very unbecoming to invariably adopted for black velvet chapeaux ; the shape, because it was so thickly wadded in the casouard plume is very much in request : the corsage and sleeves; they are now wadded it is adopted also for velvet chapeaux of the in a much lighter style, and being made close casouard colour. Aigrettes are also fashion- fitting, are really advantageous to the figure. able, and so are small bouquets of the tops of They are composed of plain gros de Naples
, or ostrich feathers : they are placed near the ear. levantines, and usually quilted round the border Some of the prettiest of the velours épinglé cha- in very pretty patterns. I have seen also several peaux are of pale rose colour, trimmed with trimmed with stamped velvet, or a narrow band broad blonde of the same hue; it forms a large of fur, which is so disposed on the tight corsage knot on each side ; the ends fall over the brides : as to form a sort of polonaise. These robes are the interior of the brim is very full trimmed expected to be introduced for social parties. I with ribbons, intermingled with tulle ; or if the have already seen some of pink and maizehair is worn in bands, the interior is decorated coloured satin ; they are encircled with ermine, with large roses without foliage.
and have a petit mantelet to correspond. Promenade robes are of the same materials as The coin de feu has recently received several last month, but black velvet and cloth are ina ma- new names, the Albanaise, the Cameo, the Chez jority ; deep blue, and vin de Bordeaux, are the soi, and I believe some other aliases; all mean colours preferred for the latter : they are em- the same--petit surtout, made quite high, and broidered in soutache, intermingled with em- closed at the top, instead of the lappels of last broidery in relief: they are frequently worn with season; the skirt is something longer, and the mantelets of the same, embroidered to corre- sleeves very wide. These petit pardessus are spond. This is the most fashionable style of composed of velvet, velours épinglé
, different trimming, but several are bordered with a broad kinds of silk, and cashmere. Some are trimmed galon velonté, or four rows of narrow galons di- with application of guipure, others with an imi. vided by buttons. Velvet robes are decorated tation of it in Cashmere wool or silk. The effect with passementerie : they may be worn with man- is novel and pretty. Though the weather is not telets similarly trimmed, or, what is a better style
, yet very cold, they are now generally wadded ; a furmantelet, and the border of the robe and several are trimmed with swansdown, actrimmed with a band of fur to correspond. coinpanied by olives and brandebourgs.
Very fine flannel, printed in Cashmere patterns, The materials for morning robes are those is coming much into vogue for robes de chambre; that I have already cited, but I think black velthey are lined with taffeta of the predominant vet and cloth are more in request, particularly
drap cachemire; the redingote form retains its Enamelled trinkets are also much in vogue. I rogue both for morning and half-dress; it is not may cite among the most novel, a row of pins of so much seen in the former, as the douillette an oblong form, and rather large, intended to frequently succeeds the robe de chambre till the adorn the corsages of low dresses that are made hour of dinner. Coloured velvets, satins, ve- with deep points; the head of the pin is lours épinglé, cashmere, and several of the new enamelled with a very small bouquet in seed silks, are all in favour for half-dress robes. pearls or diamonds; an enamelled chain, so Several of those of cashmere are decorated with slight as to be almost imperceptible, attaches applications guipuriennes, or the imitations of it them one to another, and the last link supports which I have spoken of above. These dresses an enamelled medallion, or an elegant smellingare very much admired. Another style of bottle. trimming for cashmere robes, that is very much Although it is yet early in the season to speak in request, is composed of buttons and brande- of rich evening dresses, some very splendid ones, bourgs, both velonté. Never, indeed, were the have already appeared at the Italian Opera. In garnitures of passementerie so numerous or so general, however, they were remarkable only for beautiful; velvet, plain, stamped, and of the their richness, not for any alteration in their fancy kind, is also very much in request; so is forms. They were composed of brocades and ribbon disposed in various ways, and black lace. coloured velvets, superbly trimmed with lace. In some instances the trimming of the redingote Whatever novelty evening robes may possess, is no longer confined to the front of the skirt, will undoubtedly be in the trimmings and the but is also brought round the bottom of the manner of arranging them, for no change is exborder. I have given in the first plate, No. 3, pected in the forms. Lace will be more in a model of this style for a robe-redingote. request than any other kind of garniture; but I Flounces are the prevalent garniture for dresses find that ornaments in bijoux will be adopted to made in the robe form; they are either of black trim the corsages and sleeves of evening robes. lace, fringe, or the material of the dress; when Sleeves will not be worn so short as last year; of the latter, they are lightly festooned round some are looped on one side in a novel and very the edge, and either made with a braiding of the tasteful style. same, or one of ribbon à la vielle.
I shall cite, in addition to the various headCaps are very much in favour in home demi- dresses for grande parure which I have given in toilette, and particularly for social dinner par- my preceding letters, the coiffure Cleopátre, preties, for which the robes are generally of the mising, however, that it should be adopted only half-dress kind. Some of white blonde, of a by tall ladies; it is composed of ruban pierreries, round open form, are trimmed on each side broché in gold, and bordered with dentelle d'or; with a bouquet of velvet flowers and foliage in two ends of equal length descend on each side full colours; others are composed of point from the temple to the shoulders. d'Angleterre, trimmed with orange-satin rib- The materials for ball robes are now decided ; bons, intermingled with black velvet. Those they are satin, taffeta, crape, crêpe lisse, lace; of pink blonde, decorated with cherry-coloured and for grand balls, gauze lamée, with gold or velvet, are a good deal seen. The last novelty silver. Robes of light materials are made with is the petit bonnet à la Clarisse, made both in two or three skirts, satin with one only, and Brussels lace and point d'Angleterre ; there are taffeta with one or two. The corsages are deeply two or three falls, gathered full, put carelessly pointed, and cut very low, the skirts and sleeves on the head; they droop over the hair, and shorter than those of evening dress. There is mingle with the flowers with which it is deco- considerable variety in ball trimmings : several rated.
of the new ones are of passementerie, of excessive Half-dress chapeaux are also in favour for lightness; the effilés ondés, and the effilé crêpé are these parties, and for the theatres. Some of the the most novel. Ribbon is also employed in a most elegantare of emerald-green velours épinglé; great variety of ways; one of the prettiest is a the interior is lined with white satin, drawn full trimming à la vielle, or else in puffs, composed in the capote style, each drawing formed by very of gauze ribbon, either pink, blue, or very light narrow velvet : tufts composed of the same vel- green, lightly shot with gold or silver. Lace is vet, and blonde, adorn each side; the exterior is very much employed for satin and taffeta robes; trimmed with a willow marabout, shaded in all it is disposed in deep flounces; they are looped the lighter tints of green. Capotes of crêpe lisse in the drapery style with flowers, or with ornaare also much in vogue. Some of the prettiest ments of passementerie. Flowers are still more are pink, intermingled with velours épingle of the in favour this year for ball-robes than I have same hue ; it is disposed in three biais on the ever seen them; or rather I should say they will brim; the bavolet is formed of a crépe biais, and be more, judging by the robes now in preparaone of the other material : a marabout willow tion. They are not only employed as garnitures plume of the lightest description decorates the alone, but they mingle with most other trimexterior ; the interior is trimmed on each side mings. Some taffeta robes, made with two with three crêpe lisse roses, with velours épinglé skirts, have the lower one descending to the hearts.
knee, and the bottom of each edged with a lace The most novel bijoux are those called artis- flounce, to which a narrow cordon of flowers or tique ; they are an apparent mixture of gold and foliage forms a heading. Others, similarly steel : the prettiest bijoux are composed of it. I made, have the skirts trimmed with effilé ondé,