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PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS FOR JANUARY:

NADAJE CATALANI.

indiscreet conduct of her enthusiastic panegyrists THIS celebrated singer (a correct likeness compels the notice of many defecis in this great of whom, in the dress of her favourite character, performer. The public will judge, by their own Semiramis, is given in our present Number), has feelings and observation, whether ihe following

remarks be fair and accurate : performed only twice during the last inonth, 012 account of indisposition. li is our purpose to As a singer, Mad ne Catalani's principal cisim enter into some detail of criticism with respect to

is founded upon the peculiar coinpass of her the powers of this lady.

voice, which is said to extend through three Madame Catalani has certainly hitherto expe octaves; and in an admirable facility of exect:rienced in this country very flattering, and in tion. It may be submitted, however, whether some measure, very just encomiums. In Eng- the astonishing compass of notes, which she can land, however, by a little dexterity of manage-command with such extraordinary case, be not ment in exciting that curiosity for which we are counterbalanced in its effect by considerable disa remarkable, it is easy to create momentary en- advantages? His voice does not seemn always thusiasm upon a first appearance. We entertain proportionably powerful on those notes which tou modest a sense of our progress in accomplish most generally occur in ihe composition of noble ments; and our diffidence in this respect creates and a:fecting music. She sings frequently out à reluctance in each individual to exercise at first of iune, and does not even appear sensible of the his own judgment. There is also inherent in circumstance. Whether her imperfection may cor disposition a spirit of fairness and good nature, proceed from any natural defect of ear, or from which induces us always to greet foreign per the want of elementary instruction, it is not easy formers, on their arrival in this country, with to ascertain. If conjucture be indulged, one applause.

might be inclined to think, either that she had We shall endeavour to consider the excellence already in paired the main strength of her voice of Madame Catalani, and her defects, as a theatri- by forcing too often its extrenie notes-as is fiecal performer, with a view to prevent the public, quently done by young performers, lo procure under such circumstances, from being misled, or violent, but tr.sitory applause; or, that she has forming a false estimate; at the saine time it will never adopted the course in Italy so rigidly olsbe our wish to avoid any remarks which may not served in musical education, as indisponsibly be authorised by the principles of true and im- necessary to render her voice firm and equal pour partial criticism.

every note. Madame Catalani has certainly the allvantages I: appears to us that her voice is not generally of an elegant well-proportioned figure; and a equal, that it is frequently false; and it is observ. voice, perhaps ihe most extensive in its compass abk', that, however rapid her execution, she of any that has existed within the memory of the seems in every slow movemelt to have a certain present generation. Her countenance is agree apprchension and difficulty in producing the exable, even interesting, and nature seems to have act note. Her voice flutters for a moment, in endowed her with a variety of qualities, calculated such movements, like the young bird of the to place her on a very exalted eininence in her grove meditating its flight in fear. profession. She certainly is entitled to rank With respect to the quality of her voice, how. with the first singers of the day. . It would there ever brilliant, it has occasionally a certain sharp. fore have been, perhaps, more judicious in the ness. It is sometimes harsh ; and it wants a friends of this lady, with a view to promote as

sweetness and majesty proporrionate to its extent. well her present professional reputation as her. This disproportion occasions frequently the most future excellence, for her youth will allow her mortifying disappointmen ;-and when, to conopportunities of acquiring still greater attainments tinue the comparison-after indulging an airy than she actually possesses, had they contented excursion with wings, perhaps, never bestowed themselves with endeavouring to procure full upon the human race, through new and unuired justice to her talents, and not adopted an ex. regions-she returns to the spot from whence ske aggerated style of commendation, excluding the took her flight, we are struck with a certain tenuity merils of or her performers, and demanding, as a which was never expected in the object by the matter of right, the admiration of the public be splendor of which in iis glittering transit we had yond the limits of all reasonable allowance. The I been previously dazzled. ller voice, on the notes

DRAMATIS PERSON .

within the ordinary compass, leaves no dying | ofender has been completely made ashamed of sounds long lingering on the ear behind, nor does his conduct. Caroline gives her hand to a worthy memory cherish with fond at:achmait, the recol- Hibernian Officer, Lieutenant Mi'Leary; and lection of any impression they might have made. Edgar, the son of the Baronet, after scveral equiThere appears no peculiar excellence in her voques and difficulties thrown in the way by Tom Intonation, which inseparably unites the passage Surfeil, an insignificant coxcomb of broken and the Performer in a manner to render the same fortune, is married to Emily, the ward of Ploil, a air insupportable in any other singer. If this be rich old potatoe merchant, with the consent of the fact, it must necessarily follow, that however Sir Darid, extorted by the lively Caroline. A extraordinary the compass of Madame Catalanı - learned Lady, the Governess of Emily, a German vuice, it is inferior in its effect to the voices of serrant in the family of the Earonet, and his wife, many oiher Perforiners; aid that it has not in an intriguing Abigail, are introduced, as adding itself any peculiar charm.

to the comic effect of the piece.

This Opera, as we have said, is from the pen of Mr. Kenny, whose early pieces, Raising the

Wind, and Matriinony gave a promise of greater DRURY-LANE.

excellence. The town had encouraged expecOn Monday, January the 12th, a new Opera tations of some improvements in our drama from was produced at this Theatre, entitled Falst the youthful efforts of this gentleman; and if they Alarms; or, My Cousin, from the pen of Mr

looked forward to nothing very solid, or elevated, KENNY.

they still hoped to find a material amendment in that which the labours of contemporary dramatists

had served to degrade. Sir David Gayland.. Mr. WROUGHTON.

Our hopes, however, have been disappointed, Edgar Gayland Mr. BRAHAM.

and False Alarms, instead of adding another Tom Surfeit Mr. BANNISTER.

feather to the cap of Mr. Kenny, plucks the Lieutenant M'Leary Mr. JOHNSTONE.

single, solitary leaf of laurel from his brow. Plod Mr. MATHEWS.

The plot is such as we read in a novel, and the Gabriel Mr. PENLEY.

management is not a bit more artificial, the inGerinan Servant.... Mr. WEWITZER.

cidents are hacknied; and the characters, with Bob Bumper Mr. DIGNUM.

the necessary variations, are mere transcripts Lady Gayland Mrs. MOUNTAIN.

from other dramatists. Caroline Sedley Miss DUNCAN.

The success of this piece, however, did not Einily Mrs. BLAND.

depend upon any pretensions of this kind; it was Miss Umbrage Miss Pope.

fixed in popularity by the music of Braham and Susan Signora STORACE.

King. The song of the Smile and the tear, by the former, is a most extraordinary effort of

simple and unaffected harmony. Indeed this Sir David Gayland, married to an amiable

master has a power beyond any we ever heard, woman, through mere fashionable levity professes of giving to the fewest and most simple notes, an attachmeni to Caroline Sedley, whom he had the most exquisite melody, and finished taste. met at a masquerade, a young lady of great vi. The contributions of Mr. King are not to be vacity, who had been, unknown to the Baronet, overlooked; they are such as tend still farther the school companion of his wife. Between | to root hini in popular esteem. these two females a plot is formed to bring back the wanderer to a proper sense of his domestic character, as a part of which Caroline assumes

COVENT-GARDEN the habit of a dashing young Officer, who pre. tends to make love to Lady Gayland: this has NOTHING new has been produced at this ultimately the desired effect, by exciting the house since that most popular and an:using jealousy of Sir David, and the married couple Pantomime, entiiled Mother Goose. are, in consequence, reconciled, but not lill the

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