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Early Opera in America Volume 2

About this title: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...of both the beautiful and sublime, especially those used for some particular plays almost surpass description--of which those used in a new Opera lately introduced here, called 'Robin Hood; or, Sherwood Forest, ' very much partakes. The Orchestra may justly boast of having a band of Music & Musicians superior to what any other theatre in America ever did or does now possess.--Over the stage & in full view of the whole House two beautiful & descriptive figures are painted, one representing the Genius of Tragedy who sits in a mourning mellancholly! attitude, & the other that of the Genius of Comedy, who stands a little to the left of where the other sits and in her hand she holds a scarf on which these words are inscribed in large legible characters: 'The Eagle suffers little Birds to sing," & over the heads of these two figures the American Eagle with extended wings is displayed. As the stockholders showed considerable impatience, Reinagle soothed their ruffled spirits by first throwing the doors open for public inspection of the house and then by arranging three popular concerts in February, 1793. After this the house was again closed for exactly one year. The reasons for this strange procedure were simple enough. In the first place, Wignell exercised such deliberation in the selection of his company that he did not reach America until September, 1793, and when he arrived the first news from Philadelphia conveyed to him was that of the terrible yellow-fever epidemic. Under the circumstances, the company could not very well proceed to the stricken city. It had to be quartered in the villages of New Jersey until Wignell saw his way clear to counteract the bad effects of idleness by a theatrical trip to Annapolis in December, 1793, and January, 1794....

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