Reminiscences of the Opera

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Hurst and Blackett, 1864 - Opera - 448 pages
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A memoir of the director of Her Majesty's Theatre, London.
 

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Page 98 - was composed with all the art of which the distinguished ballet-master, Perrot, was capable. All was at length adjusted. Satisfaction was in every mind ; the " Pas de Quatre " was rehearsed — was announced ; the very morning of the event had arrived, no further hindrances were expected. Suddenly, while I was engaged with the lawyers in my...
Page 99 - The solution is easy,' said I; 'let the oldest take her unquestionable right to the envied position.' The ballet-master smote his forehead, smiled assent, and bounded from the room upon the stage. The judgment of the manager was announced. The ladies tittered, laughed, drew back, and were now as much disinclined to accept the right of position as they had been before eager to claim it. The...
Page 98 - Perrot, was capable. All was at length adjusted. Satisfaction was in every mind ; the " Pas de Quatre " was rehearsed — was announced ; the very morning of the event had arrived, no further hindrances were expected. Suddenly, while I was engaged with the lawyers in my ' own room, poor Perrot rushed unannounced into my presence in a state of intense despair.
Page 416 - Giuglini became kindled in its turn, and, one artist vying with the other in power and passion of musical declamation, each rehearsal became a brilliant performance. Indeed, so strongly were both artistes and connoisseurs impressed with the merits of Mdlle. Titiens, that fears were expressed lest she should utterly " swamp " the favourite tenor. " He will never be able to come up to that powerful voice in the last act,
Page 166 - Lumley, in his Reminiscences, "was ever seen such excitement at Her Majesty's Theatre. The crowd at the doors might have led to a suspicion of an e"meute in a capital less orderly than London ; and the struggle for entrance was violent beyond precedent — so violent, indeed, that the phrase ' a Jenny Lind crush ' became a proverbial expression.
Page 98 - Pas de Quatre " had fallen to the ground, and could never be given. With difficulty the unfortunate ballet-master was calmed down to a sufficient state of reason to be able to explain the cause of his anguish. When all was ready, I had desired Perrot to regulate the order in which the separate pas of each danseuse should come. The place of honour, the last in such cases, as in regal processions, had been ceded without over-much hesitation to Mademoiselle Taglioni. Of the remaining ladies who claimed...
Page 98 - He uttered frantic exclamations, tore his hair, and at last found breath to say all was over, that the " Pas de Quatre " had fallen to the ground, and could never be given. With difficulty the unfortunate ballet-master was calmed down to a sufficient state of reason to be able to explain the cause of his anguish. When all was ready, I had desired Perrot to regulate the order in...
Page 99 - ... position." The ballet-master smote his forehead, smiled assent, and bounded from the room upon the stage. The judgment of the manager was announced. The ladies tittered, laughed, drew back, and were now as much disinclined to accept the right of position as they had been before eager to claim it. The order of the ladies being settled, the " Grand Pas de Quatre " was finally performed on the same night before a delighted audience, who little knew how nearly they had been deprived of their promised...
Page 374 - ... size. There are many laughable anecdotes told of his immensity ; here is one. ' One winter's day, while in Paris, a violent shower of rain obliged Lablache to seek refuge in the entrance of a passage, and soon afterwards a young gamin bethought him of the same shelter. To enter a passage, however, barricaded by a Lablache was no very easy matter, especially when the colossal basso had his elbows extended under an ample cloak, and swayed from one side of the passage to the other. The boy, tired...
Page xii - Cerito returned the ticket of a box on the upper tier with the remark that she was much too young to be exalted to the skies before her...

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