|Patience > No. 1 Company in Dublin
From Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland), Tuesday, October 17, 1882; Issue N/A.
Last evening "Patience," one of the most successful of Sullivan and Gilbert's comic operas, was produced at the Gaiety Theatre by Mr. D'Oyly Carte's company. The house was crowded in every part, and a striking tribute to the popularity of the work was afforded by the applause which greeted every portion of the performance. It is needless to say anything here of the merits of "Patience." The night it was first produced in Dublin the wonderful skill, ingenuity, and humour that characterised it found unmistakable recognition, and since then its music has become familiar to every one who takes the slightest interest in musical matters.
The irresistibly amusing satire which it presents of the craze known modern Æstheticism marks it as one of the cleverest productions that has come from the pen of Gilbert, and his work never found a more fitting accompaniment than the marvellously clever music which Sullivan has wedded to the words of "Patience."
The performance last night was all good: The cast differed somewhat from that with which we have been familiar in Dublin. The chief changes were in the parts of Lady Jane and Archibald Grosvenor. In the former Miss Elsie Cameron made an exceptionally good impression last evening. She sang and acted very well — indeed her vocalism deserves special praise for its many artistic graces. She has a particularly good voice, and notably she sang "Silvered is the raven hair" with power, tunefulness, and good taste.
Mr. Greyling was the new Grosvenor, and his idea of the part presents much to recommend it. He sang carefully, but his method is very faulty, and his pronunciation of the words — upon which so much depends—is occasionally by no means distinct enough.
As Bunthorne Mr. Thorne was, as usual, most successful. Nothing could have been more humorous than his acting, and everything he had to sing was given with the utmost possible effect. Miss Pierson is a graceful and intelligent Patience, and her performance adds very much to the success of the opera. As Colonel Calverley Mr. Richards sang capitally, and deserved all the applause he received.
The dresses, scenery, and stage accessories generally, are perfectly satisfactory, and in conclusion we would advise every one who would enjoy one of the best of the Sullivan and Gilbert school of works not to lose the opportunity of hearing "Patience."
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