REVIEWSOF 'WRECK OF THE PINAFORE!'
"Mr Lingard hit upon the notion of continuing the plot of the original opera, and the result is that he has produced a work that is deficient in every quality that made its predecessor so popular. It is difficult to imagine how such an experiment could be successful. The idea was a most unfortunate one, and it is the more to be regretted, as Mr Luscombe Searell has provided some excellent music that deserves a much better fate than to be wedded to a work than can have from its very nature only ephemeral existences.
NEWS OF THE DAY: A VISIT TO MOUNT EGMONT
Mr. Cecil Tobin, of Auckland, accompanied by two students named Jennings, from Nelson, have been the first to make the ascent of Mount Egmont this season. The party left town at 8 o'clock on Monday morning, January 10, on horseback, and arrived at Coad's farm, at the foot of the ranges at 10am. Leaving the horses at the farm, they crossed the ranges, and commenced the ascent of Egmont, climbing till 8pm, when they lay down on the rocks and rolled themselves up in their blankets. At 3.30 on Tuesday morning they renewed their climbing, and at 8.30am had the satisfaction of standing on the summit of the peak. After a brief stay on the summit and the ascent of one of the pinnacles, the descent was commenced, and New Plymouth was reached at 9 o'clock the same evening.
Taranaki News. January 15th, 1881.
SPORTS NEWS OF THE DAY: CHRISTCHURCH, Saturday
At the bicycle races in Hagley Park to-day, were 2000 people. In the 10-miles race, Dalton of Christchurch, took first prize; and Morris, of Christchurch, the second. The time was 39 minutes, 2 secs. Quirk, an English champion, from whom much was expected, was handicapped out of everything. In the five-mile running match between Fagan, of Auckland, and Wallerton, of Christchurch, for £40 aside, was won by Fagan in 29 mins, 52 secs.
New Zealand Herald. Monday March 7th, 1881.
MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC NOTES:
In Berlin, street musicians are obliged to have a license.
Gounod is asking £4000 for his new oratorio, "The Redemption."
Adelina Patti's income while singing has been estimated at £1 10s per minute.
Beethoven's piano is in the market, and already several relic-hunters have offered a large price for it.
It is rumoured that an Italian Opera Company, made up in New York, will come to the colonies in April.
The Duke of Edinburgh played at the Albert Hall the violin obligato in Gounod's "Ave Maria" to Marie Roze's soprano solo.
The name of "Folly" for theatres in Paris seems to be in vogue. There is the Folies-Dramatiques, the Folies-Bergère, the Folies Saint-Martin, the Folies-Bobinos, the Folies Belleville, and the Folies Rambuteau.
Miss Emma Wangenheim has been taking the Northern Queensland people by storm in her singing and acting with the Kelly Minstrel Company in "Pinafore," "Trial by Jury," and other pieces.
New Zealand Herald. February 23rd, 1881.
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