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abit of falling off in the concluding phrase, | This had the effect of drawing forth a summons for hough it probably arises from unavoidable ber presence at the Imperial Court, and the very on, is nevertheless very injurious to the next season she appeared at Vienna in German effect of the air, and leaves an impression opera. ness upon the ear. Signor Rovere may Here she attracted the notice of the great Barerable buffo actor for a provincial theatre, baja, lessee of San Carlo, La Scala and the Italian has no business to sing such songs as Opera at Vienna, and, amazed at the genius of the nina" from the “Don.” Those who have débutante, he immediately offered her an engage. e stupendous Lablache roll forth the same ment at the San Carlo. "This was unbesitatingly doleni of mingled comic and sentimental refused for her by her parents, who had a vill have little relish for Signor Rovere's wholesome dread of the perils that would await vocalization and obtrusive humor.
a young and lovely girl in the luxurious land rere much pleased with the way in which of Naples. Barbaja with considerable difficulty lestra played the overture to William Tell
. prevailed on them to allow her to appear on Arditi did that magnificent work justice, the boards of the Italian Opera at Vienna. ras pleasing to hear scenic music such as Here she met Rubini and the great Lablache; dered so effectively by men who have been here too she had the opportunity of studying y called together for an occasion.
the admirable style of Madame Fodon, whose
dramatic powers were unsurpassed. She next LIETTE SONTAG, COUNTESS DE Rossi.— There visited Leipzig and Berlin. At the latter place a e persons so fortunate as to have their bio- storm of indigoation assailed her on her first ap; s as much linked with the history of na- pearance, and for an entire balf hour she stood of art. With one side illumined by bistori- alone upon the stage, braving the storm of abuse inction, and the other gilded by genius, they which was showered upon her for forsaking her rough life admired by all phases of society, fatherland for the brilliant French capital. The
they shine for all. Amongst this class of students, however, grew tired of attacking a resoi individuals may be ranked Madame de lute but defenseless woman, and from that evening once world-famed as Henriette Sontag. forth the applause that greeted her more than dy's life has been as great a romance as compensated for the complimentary insults with the mirnic scenes in which she herself has which she had been first greeted. It was at Paris ; and through grandeur and misfortune, that Sontag first met the great Malibran, and aly and wealth, she has passed with a reputa- though she had there to compete besides with Pasta faultless and unbleinished as her genius and Pisaroni, she at once took her place as an equal le de Rossi was born at Colbenz, in Prussia. of those wonderful artists. In the year 1828, the old arentage was humble, but she could claim King of Prussia, in whose favor Sontag stood high, tisfactory dignity of having sprung from a hearing that she was about towed a Sardinian noblef artists.
The precocity of her musical man, and fearing that her bumbleness of birth might as a child gained for her an infantine re-throw some obstacle in the way, spontaneously and the banks of the Rhine rang with the bestowed upon her a patent of nobility and the name 1 of the seven-year-old songstress. Her pa- of De Launstein. She however soon abandoned this however, wisely refused the production of name for that of the Countess de Rossi, but for odigy in public, well knowing that infant phe- some coneiderable period her marriage was kept ions generally wither into mere medioc- private. Immediately after her wedding the s they grow up, unless their talents are al- Count de Rossi, she proceeded to England, where that repose necessary to a healthy maturity. she made her debut in a concert given at Devon · first appearance in public was at the age of shire House. Here she was face to face with all 1, on the boards of the Darmstadt Theatre; and the beauty, nobility, and fashion of London, and now that dullest of German towns is perhaps her triumph was supreme. A few days after, she I in her memory with bright reminiscences, made her appearance at the London Opera in the ated as it is with her early and complete character of Rosina, in the Barber of Seville. In 38. Her next promotion was to the musical this character she conquered public opinion with I at Prague, to the head of which she speedily her wondrous ornamentation, her arpeggios and her way. And at the age of fourteen her staccato passages, as completely as she afterwards iency was so great that her parents felt bound captivated them with the chaste, simple sentiment of longer withhold her from the stage. Acci- her singing in Donna Anna. For two seasons she is the door-keeper to success, and accident sang in London,then in Berlin and St. Petersburg; d wide the portals to the little Henriette. and then, the King of Sardinia having authorized Prima Donna of the Prague Opera was taken her husband to declare his marriage, she left the The despairing manager threw himself upon stage, as she thought, for ever. But in days when ity of the Sontags, and his supplications were kings are discarded, and constitutions annulled at d. Henriette was permitted to appear. There a few hours' notice, who shall presume to foretell something, however, quite as necessary to a bis fate? For eighteen years Madame de Rossi r as voice, and that was height, a requisition adorned the various courts to which her husband h, in Sontag's case, had to be supplied by four was accredited as ambassador. The Hague, Frank 8 of red cork heels. With the aid of these fort, St. Petersburg, Berlin, each in turn welcomed her incomparable voice, she went through the and cherished her. Then came the storm of 1848.
of the Princess of Navarre, in the opera of Amid the convulsions of Europe, the spirit of i de Paris, with the most wonderful success. I anerchy respected neither nobility nur genius. Fupded securities were swallowed up, and with them SERENADES to distinguished artists may be diMadame de Rossi's entire fortune. The Sardinian vided into two kinds : introductory and parting—or troubles threatened to overthrow her husband's how d'ye do, and good bye. Could we divest ourdiplomatic position, and the universal ruin of the selves of the idea that the prime movers in these continent gathered darkly around their home. enterprises were impelled solely by self-interest, Madame de Rossi accepted the sacrifice. She we should more heartily sympathize with them. had children, and a duty to perform, and sinking This expression of homage to a noble artist, like all personal feelings, she forsook the aristocratic SONTAG, could not fail of eliciting her warmest atmosphere in which she had so long existed, and gratitude, if love of the art and devotion to her as went again upon the stage. Her second début was a high exponent of its power were its moving made in London, at Her Majesty's Theatre, under causes. It is more than probable, however, that the direction of Mr. Lumley, who needed some such a large sum, in the shape of proceeds of a chari chance to enable him to retrieve his manifold table concert, is expected from the amiable cantalosses. Public feeling previous to her appearance trice, as a return for the torch-light musical greetwas more of a mournful enthusiasm than a joyous tng. Whatever might be her pleasure in thus anticipation. The heyday of youth had fled from contributing to the wants of poor musicians, one Madame de Rossi, and old play-goers, who remem- cannot but consider the SERENADE as shorn of its bered her early triumphs, feared to deface the highest charm, this charitable contingency constisacred lustre of such recollections by new and un- tuting the hopeful ultimatum of its abettors. The favorable impressions. But when the night came, clannishness of certain skilful ecrapers of catgut all sad presentiments were dispelled, and the clear and blowers of wood and brass is the more notice ness, vigor, and finish of her style did not seem to able, on account of their palpable neglect of AL have degenerated one jot since the time that she BONI. Now, the last named is a native of the land first took the town by storm at Devonshire House. that gave the arts to Germany, and her voice and Her terms then for twelve months' performances method are irreproachable. Moreover, her Euro were fourteen thousand pounds sterling, and the pean reputation is second to none, and our staunch large engagements which she has since concluded "musical majority" from Vaterland would have lead us to hope that Madame Sontag will ere long acted a more noble and disinterested part, could be enabled to build up a fortune sufficient to en. they have more duly honored the queen of Coeable her to assume again that high position which traltos, and used their powerful influence in secur. she has so heroically forsaken.
ing a possible union of Sontag and Alboni in With respect to Madame Sontag's voice and opera, before the latter leave our shores. It may talent, it is unnecessary to be diffuse. Few com. not yet be too late. Pray, good musicians, let prehend the jargon of contrapuntal criticism, and
"The spot where you were born" for those few ample food is supplied by dilettanti be occasionally forgotten, that you may adminis who affect such learning. Purity, sweetness, and ter in larger measure to our good, and so re flexibility are the most prominent
characteristics actively, to your own. Here, at least, let national of Madame Sontag's voice; her execution is won animosities be consigned to complete forgetfulness, derfully brilliant, correct, elegant, and supremely and, protected by the flag that floats this day in easy. 'No appearance of effort ever distresses her many a sea, and unfurls its significant “stars and audience, and she accomplishes the most astonish stripes” from many a mount and vale of this fair ing tours de forces with marvellous facility. Her land, we may all sing with renewed energy, dramatic powers are considerable, and her performance of Amina and Elvira give her a high rank
"Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, 'In God is our trust." in the school of such characters; but if Madame Sontag excels in any thing, it is in those sweet,
At Niblo's, success is a necessity. There are fresh, half comic, gay, and graceful characters, such no echoes to the music in his pleasant saloon, fx as Rosina in the Barber, Susanna, and Norina. echoes only attend upon empty benches. A full Here her elegant and lady-like person, and arch, house is the best tonic to the vocalist. Singing to vivacious style of acting, harmonize most perfectly Niblo's audiences, prima donnas are never hoarse. with one of the purest and most limpid soprano por tenors capricious, nor choruses malcontest voices ever heard upon a stage: Madame Sontag, There is a double meaning in the magic of num we understand, gives a series of concerts in this city, bers; and if music has charms, it is no less true to commence on the 18th. Afterwards she leaves for that it is itself swayed by the magnetic influence Philadelphia and Boston, and will return to us in of multitude. the winter, when she will appear in a brilliant Niblo will probably furnish the only opera in series of operatic characters. A life of Sontag, New-York during the present winter. His com published by Stringer & Townsend, has just made pany is efficient, and will be strongly reinforced its appearance, which is lively and well written. It may be that we shall have Bosio and Steffanone It is chiefly compiled from French and German again, for the former has met with more show! sources. Among others, M. Scudo’s articles on rivals abroad, and the latter will hardly know how Sontag are pressed into the service; but as that to pass the winter without renewing her metropol gentleman is proverbially inaccurate in his details, itan triumphs as Norma and Leonora. Possibly the we think they might have culled more safely from great form of Marini may walk once more upon some other source.
the stage, and Salvi enchant us again with his sit In conclusion, we wish Madame Sontag every ver voice, just enough waned from its prime to success which her great genius, her un blemished infuse a deeper melancholy into its pathos, and imfame and her noble sacrifice, entitle her to. part a more subdued tone to its classic refinement