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I sball venture to say, any performance of that kind that the French who were then in Egypt:-III health made him has appeared in English. The failings of that Princess leave India at a period when, from his longth of services, he are not covered over, but her singular catastrophe is ren- must have been soon made a Cominander, and he came bome dered truly lamentable and tragical; and the reader cannot
in command of the Star brig, with dispatches from the Admiral.
On arrival in England, the preliminaries had been signed, forbear shedding tears for her fate, at the same time he and he was put on half.pay. In 1803, the late Lord Melville blames her conduct. There are few historical produc- selected him as first lieutenant (o the Calcutta, 50, wbich cartions where both the subject and execution have appeared ried convicts to form a new settlement in New South Wales; so happy.
and after landing the convicts he was employed in various sur-Some prospect is now given us that this miserable war veys of the coast, which, together with his account of the voybetween the two uations is drawing towards a period, and age, have been since published. that the former intercourse between them will agaiu be to St. Helena to convoy some Indiam.en; and in Sept. 1805,
On return to England, the Calcutta was refitted, and ordered renewed. If this happy event take place, liave enter-within a few hours' sail of Cape Clear, she most unluckily fell in tained hopes, that my affairs will permit ine to take a jour- with the Rochefort squadron, but with which she maintained an ney to Paris, and the obliging offer which you are pleased unequal contlict, sufficiently long to enable all the East Indiato make me of allowivg me to pay my respects to you, men and South Sca Whalers to make their escape. The Calwill prove a new and very powerful inducement to make cutta was taken to Rochelle, and her crew sent prisoners to me hasten the execution of my purpose. But I give your Bonaparte. During bis nine years' captivity, he compiled bis
Verdun, where Capt. T. remained until the discomfiture of ladyship warning that I shall on many accounts stand in work on Maritime Geography, in 4 vols. On his return to need your indulgence. I passed a few years in France England, he was pronoted to Comniander by the present Lord during my early youth, but I lived in a provincial town Melville, and shortly afterwards selected to command the late where I enjoyed the advantages of leisure for study, and unfortunate expedition to Africa. an opportunity of learning the language. What I had Captain Tuckey married an English lady in France, who is imperfectly learned, long disuse, I am afraid, has made me and the youngest born since his father's departure for Africa.
left a widow with four children, the eldest not ten years old, forget.
On the advance of the Allies into France, the prisoners were I have rested amidst books and study; have been little ordered into the interior, and Capt. T., with two of his sons, engaged in the active, and not much in the pleasurable was obliged to depart at a moment's warning; his youngest scenes of life; and am more accustomed to a select society son, a fine boy about five years old, was taken ill on the jour, than to general companies. But all these disadvantages, ney, and fell a victim to sickness and fatigue. Another child and much greater, will be abundantly compensated by the of his, seven years old, was some time since burnt to death. honour of your ladyship's protection, and I hope that my
His prospects, and thuse of his surviving family, had lately beprofound sense of your obliging favours will render me not to his friends his loss has been great, and it may not be, perhaps;
come more promising, but his death has finally closed them. altogether unworthy of it.
100 presumptuous to add, that his country has lost an able and I have the honour to be, with the greatest respect, experienced officer. But his widow and children have suffered Madam,
an irreparable injury; and we trust that the buunty of the counYour Ladyship's most obedient and most humble Servant, try will be generously extended towards them. Edinburgh, 15th May, 1761. DAVID HUME.
KEAN AND SHERIDAN.-Mr. Sheridan was so much CAPTAIN TUCKEY OF THE ROYAL NAVY. offended at being excluded from any concern in the reThe enterprize of British seamen had left no part of the Occan building of Drury Lane Theatre after the fire, that he made unexplored, when their exertions were thought necessary for a resolution never to enter it, from which he did not the investigation of Internal Geography. In this latter pursuit deviate till a few months before his death. When Mr. the subject of our memoir has fallen a victim to fatigue and Kean came out, however, and his extraordinary talents clinate; but, like his great predecessor, Cooke, he died not became the universal topic of conversation and aduntil he had proved the impracticability of the object sought miration, Mr. Sheridan was impressed with an eager for, in respect to maritime purposes.
JAMES Hingston TUCKEY was youngest sen' of the late Thomas curiosity to see him. Yet, faithful to his resolution, he Tuckey, of Greenhill, near Cork, Esq. and was born in 1776. could not be prevailed on to witness his dramatic exerHe made choice of the sea for his profession; at a very early tions: he would see Mr. Kean, but he would not see age made two or three voyages from Cork to the West Indies Richard, Shylock, Othello. One day, when Mr. Kean and North America; and on the war breaking out in 1793, was to perform, he was invited first to dine with Mr. was appuinted Midshipman in the Suffolk, 74, commanded by Sheridan, and an intimate friend of his, deeply concerned Rainier. In this ship he served in the Channel feet under in the Theatre, at a neighbouring tavern. Lord Howe until 1794, when shc went to the East Indies,
They sat for where he was shortly after made Master's Mate, and was two hours, when Mr. Kean was obliged to leave the party, present at the capture of all the Spice Islands,
and in various and attend his professional duty; but such was the inengagements by sea and on shore in India. Having taken a terest excited in Mr. Sheridan's mind, by this new dramaprize, he was made Prize Master, and brought her into Madras, tic meteor, that during the whole time he stayed, his at which time accounts having arrived of the French frigate attention was entirely rivetted upon him, he studied his La Forte, 50 guns, in the Bay of Bengal, he volunteered his services to Captain Cooke, of La Sybille, who immediately drink even a single glass of wine.
every look, his every word, his every gesture, nor did he sailed, met La Forte, and, after a desperate night action, took
“ Mr. Kean," said her. Mr. Tucker rejoined the Suffolk, was made acting Lieute-Mr. Sheridan's friend, in relating the anecdote, “ may nant of her, and shortly after, 1798, appointed Lieutenant of the boast of having done what no other man ever could do, Fox frigate, stationed in the Red Sea to watch the motions of of having even charmed Sheridan's attention away from
bis bottle.” When Mr. Kean was gone, Mr. Sheridan (verse, 50 lines at most, by Under Graduates not exceeding four said, " What salary do you give that man ?”_" Fifteen years from matriculation. pounds a week,” was the reply~" 'Tis a shame," he
Two Courses of Lectures on History and Political Econony, said, “ be ought, at least, to have double that sum ; ' take by the Reg. Prof.
are shortly to commence.
CAMBRIDGE.—The Prize Essays are recently announced. my word you
have got a treasure, he will be the salvation For Senior Batchelors“ Utrum Sibyllina Oracula e sacris Juand support of your Theatre.”—Mr. Sheridan at length dæorum libris compilata fuerint.” For Middle Batchelorscould no longer resist the attraction of Mr. Kean's talents, “ Utrum recte judicaterit Cicero, omnia Romanos uut invenisse but did go to the Theatre to see bis performance of Sir Giles per se sapientius, quam Græcos, uut accepta ab illis fecisse meOverreach, of which he thought so highly, that he said — lioru." a There is mind indeed! those are talents that can never Greek ode"Id adora idoù xat à Alav." Gen.i.31.
The subjects for Sir W. Brown's three Gold medals are -For fail, but must ever be more and more admired, the more
For the Latin ode “ Tot Debellata”—and for the Epigrams-they are known."
“At δεύτεραι φροντίδες σοφώτεραι." LORD JOHN TOWNSHEND.-When the early struggle Dublin SOCIETY.The Lord Lieutenant has presented to was over in Poland, Kosciusko came here in his way to the Museum, a very fine collection of 154 specimens of polishAmerica, whither he was going to retire ; and the Whig ed stones from Siberia, and also a catalogue of the same, formClub, to do him honour, ordered him a magnificent sword?ed by Sir Charles Giesehe. Lord Joba Townshend, so celebrated for his wit, wrote lief of the river Tiber, with the figures of Romulus and Re
The Hon. Peter Blaquiere has presented an ancient Bas-rethe following inpromptu on the occasion : “ The debt to valour due, by England paid;
AMSTERDAM.— The Second Class of the Royal Institute of When lo ! another's to the cutler made,
the Netherlands has elected associates of this Class, Let Polish gratitude discharge the bill,
Mr. Grim, at Cassel. For British patriotism never will."
- Storch, President of the Imperial Academy at St. Peters
C. Pougens, at Paris.
R. Southey, London.
The same class has named Mr. Werninck, a Clergyman ini TO THE MOON.
London, one of its Correspondents. The Third Class (all in
the Netherlands) has chosen among other Correspondents, Say, radiant Empress of the Night,
Mr. W. Hamilton, Professor of Oriental Literature at Hertford Oh, say! through this once fav'rite tree
College, Professors Langles and Boissonade at Paris, and Why thus thou pour'st thy silver light,
Creutzer at Heidelberg. The Fourth Class has chosen for its Why thus thy smiles are turn'd on me?
foreign Correspondents, Messrs. F. G. Weitsch at Berlin, Once-when beneath its sacred shade,
J. F. Thiebault at Paris, and Iwan Muller at London.
We have the pleasure to announce the first of an occa-
sional series of articles, in this very interesting departAnd silent flowing tears exprest More than the fali’ring tongue could tell
ment, in our next publication. The country has a right
to be proud of the advances made by native genius, even Twas then, fair Empress of the Night,
in seasons the most unfavor»ble to it; but we hope, I hail'd thee in the silent glade
speedily, to see a wide field opened for encouragement in 'Twas then I lov'd thy silver light,
the various branches of the Fine Arts, as all our old As through the quivering boughs it play'd. 5.
channels of comiqunication with the artists, amateurs, But since my Julia's spirit fled,
print and picture markets, on the continent, are gradually And her fair form is turn'd to clay,
resuming their activity. . When we survey the stock of Cease, cease, O Moon! thy beams to shed, Withdraw, withdraw thy hateful ray.
ability in the United Kingdom, we have no doubt, but 6.
that our hope will be realized. During more than twenIo veiling clouds thy form conceal,
ty years, except for a short interval, our print-sellers.being No more each well-known spot disclose ;
shut out of the foreign markets, the business of engraving No more those once-loved scenes reveal,
and publishing prints for exportation had altogether Whose presence but recals my woes!
ceased. The painters, who had been employed in de
signing and painting historical and fancy subjects for the PROCEEDINGS OF LEARNED SOCIETIES, engravers and publishers, were thrown out of employment. DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN.
This was a severe blow. Numbers abandoned their proOIKORD.—The Classical Year at this University has com- fession, and emigrated to America, and the West or East menced, some weeks previous to the date of our Journal, by Indies. Of the low ebb to which engraving was sunk, we the proposal of the Annual Prize Essays; but we insert them need adduce do stronger instance, than the fact that Sumas introductory to our future columns. The Chancellor's Prize Essay, for Latin verses, is “ Regnum the capital line engraving of Rubens and his Wife go
merfield, one of Bartolozzi's favorite pupils, who executed Union ajo Classical with Mathematical Studies"_and for a Latining to Market, was absolutely reduced to want. If ihe Essay, * Quam vim habeat ad informandos Juvenum Animos Pocooblemen and gentlemen who founded the Britisli Institutarum Lectio."
tion bad not stepped forward at a critical period, it is to The Newdigate Prize is for the Farnese Hercules, in English be feared that the higher branches of the Arts would bave
been nipped in their bud. The patronage of that public sensible of their leaning, the most upright are biassed, spirited body rescued the British school; afforded encou- when delivering an opinion for or against their own conragement to dawning merit; and set a noble example to cerns. To the spirit of honest pride, which heats the the country. We shall be happy to record the promi- mind in all contests for superiority, the spirit of gain adds nent features in the future proceedings of this dignified its less scrupulous and more powerful influence. When assembly, and to notice the works of the artists in the the rage of adventure has greatly multiplied proprietors, approaching exhibitions. We shall attend to the several their efforts to obtain, what may be termed, the run of departments of excellence; to portrait, landscape, and the market, in favor of their own actors, has a tendency historical painting: without any of those partialities which to corrupt the public taste. The merits of performers are are more calculated to excite heats than promote a gene-over-rated, and their palpable defects not unfrequently rous emulation. Our remarks shall not be confined to made the subject of extravagant commendation. Some the exhibitions. Our plan comprehends works of merit of the periodical Journals and diurnal Critics are enin progress, in Architecture, Painting, Sculpture, and En-gaged as auxiliaries, 'so that the columns of a newspaper graving; and also all publications of merit on these sub-are, sometimes, no very faithful guide to the opinion of jects. Our limits must necessarily be our rules; but we the public. Mrs. Siddons, Miss O'Neill, Keau and Kementertain an honest hope, by an impartial expression of our ble, have been thus, at random, praised and censured. opinion, to draw the attention of the public to genius, An eminent tragedian, besides the advantage of a claswherever it falls under our eye, and needs a patron. Fo- sical education, requires a noble exterior, and Kemble reign Works of Art shall be duly noticed, and by the possesses this requisite in a superior degree. The peroccasional devotion of a portion of our columns, we shall sonal disadvantages of a dwarfish and deformed Poet, endeavour to second every plan for promoting the best Painter, and Sculptor, as in the instances of Pope and interests of the British school.
Bamboccio, cast no veil over the fine qualities of their
minds. The men and their merits are distinct ; and we THE DRAMA.
judge of their genius in their works, without ever
baving seen, or thought, of their persons. But the merits A PUBLIC notice, before the late opening of Covent Gar- of an Actor are identified with his person ; they live and den Theatre, announced the intention of John Kemble to die together. Unlike other imitative artists, his personal go through the range of his characters this season, and then endowments are of the first importance because they take leave of the stage, for ever. There is something in come first under the eye; and the man, himself, is the the words, for erer, which lays a strong hold on the mirror through which bis talents or the merits of his mind heart. The retirement of a favorite performer, in the are seen. If we did not every day hear the opposite evening of life, is productive of so many interesting recol- maintained, it would appear idle to observe, that he who lections, that it has always been contemplated by the has to personate a hero, a monarch, or a fine gentleman, public with regret. We are not surprised that the ap- ought to possess a person and countenance, in conformity proaching retirement of so eminent a tragedian, has ex- with each of these characters. cited a more than usual sensation among the lovers of the If there be not this conformity, there can be no perdrama. His classic attainments as a scholar, and de- fect illusion ; although there may be great powers of meanour as a gentleman, have added to the general esteem genius : and an audience may be highly gratified, by a of bis character. Commencing our publication at the display of impassioned energy and much knowledge of moment when we are about to lose this distinguished per- human nature. The Actor may excite powerful sympaformer, it becomes an anxious pleasure to analyze his thies in characters of fiery vehemence; but he cannot do style and powers as a great Histrionic Artist; the publi- justice to his own conceptions, where grandeur and macity of his life having superseded the necessity of bio- jesty are required. However just his feelings and ideas graphical details. Before we begin our view, we have to may be, they are seen, like a fine picture, through an remove some crude opinions calculated to interfere with opaque and discolored glass. In the high class of Greour object; as a traveller, who would approach a noble cian and Roman characters, no vigor of conception or edifice, must free bis path from interfering obstacles. feeling can altogether atone for meanness of figure and We should be happy, if our limits permitted us, to draw countenance. Intending to follow up, in the succeeding by analogy, from first principles and celebrated examples, numbers of this publication, our notice of Kemble with an illustration of his physical and mental powers; and en- a similar review of that admirable performer Kean, of deavour to measure his merits by showing their deep foun- Mrs. Siddons, Miss O'Neill, Mr. M'Cready, and the dation in nature, and the degree of their similitude to the whole strength of the two Theatres, these remarks are highest performances of Genius in the Sister Arts. necessary in the outset, to'oppose some prejudices, which
Like all other eminent men, Kemble bas been the sub-have arisen from a want of a due consideration on the ject of much applause and envy. In forming our estimate, subject. we shall detach ourselves from local and temporary inte The causes, which govern the affections and sympathies rests, and judge of him by himself, by comparison, and in private life, operate with more influence on the public by public opinion in its purest channels. In this im- stage. We agree with Lord Chesterfield, that a good meuse capital, where the contest for public favor is con- person and countenance are the best letter of recomfined to two great Theatres only, the rival proprietors, and mendation, which Nature can bestow. They ensure the their circle of friends, however honorable, are perhaps bearer a good reception in all countries. Notwithstandtoo closely committed in a strife of personal interests, to ing this natural effect from natural causes has prevailed judge or speak, with perfect impartiality. Without being in all ages, some Critics have endeavoured to reason us
out of these feelings. In their estimate of Actors, they gold; although all equally brilliant in point of impression, seem to hold a good or bad face and person, as objects and struck from the same die. There is a union of of secondary and small consequence. They place their strength and symmetry in bis figure; a flowing largeness whole stress upon the words "great nature," "strikingly in the outline of his person; and a fine accord of all the natural,” or “naturalness," by which they imply their parts, the essential of grandeur, in the whole. The same notion of a near resemblance to every-day nature. This, character of majesty is stamped on his countenance. in their judgment, is the chief merit of a great Actor. The breadth of his forehead and dignified elevation of his But the finest form and face, and those which are least brow, are suited to command. This impressiou of royalty favored, an admirable Crichton and an Æsop, are equally is well sustained by the volume of thought and fiery meauthe work of Nature: so far their looks, gestures, and ing of his eye. The aquiline boldness of his nose, the movements are equally natural; and, in the expression of expression of his mouth and line of his chin, form a noble the passions, the latter is frequently more violent, or as contour. There is a masculine prominence in his feathey term it, more striking, than the former. But no tures; but their boldness is harmonised by their perfect person will say that they are equally capable of exciting union with each other. In the countenance of his cele. our sympathies or equally impressive. It is not, therebrated competitor, Cooke, the features, although all sefore, the mere circumstance of one Actor's being, in the parately fine, were not in such fortunate accord. The ordinary sense, more strikingly natural, which produces bold line of his aquiline nose, and manly projection of the difference in our feelings. It is, as in the case of his chin, were somewhat too large for his remaining feaKemble and Mrs. Siddons, the superior nobleness, grace,tures. This disproportion, with the lour of his brow, and grandeur of form and face, which enable one to exer- construction of his body, stormy power of his voice, and cise a higher dominion over our senses; and render him, coarse turu of his mind, enabled him to throw a tremend. with even no higher mental powers or feelinys, a superior ous depth of expression into characters of a plotting, guilorgan of effect.
ty, and ferocious cast. With these unenviable requisites, The powerful impression of personal advantages ren- and a strong conception of his author, it is no injustice to ders the study of superior forms a first principle, as a pri- admit that in the remorseless mind and peculiar person of mary instrument of effect in all the imitative arts. Homer the tyrant, Richard, he came, perhaps, somewhai nearer confers upon Achilles, as his principal character, loftiness the mark, at least he gave a darker shadowing to the picof farm, masculine beauty, vigor, and martial grace. ture than Kemble has done. The education of the latter ; Virgil clothes Æneas in majesty of the highest degree. his natural and acquired endowmeuts; his honorable amMilton has even represented Satan, in faded grandeur, bition; his association with persons of high rank; and all " like the Sun shorne of his beams.” Longipus considers the whole frame of his mind, have qualified him for the grandeur and nobleness, as the first source of the sublime, high department, in which he has shone for thirtyand the most rare and highest excellence of a Poet. The four years on the London Stage. His Coriolanus, ancient Poets, Painters, and Sculptors, spent their lives in Brutus and Cato, are acknowledged to be not only the attaining this envied excellence. Their works are immor- most just and classic, but the graudest representations of talised, not so much by those strong and violent gestures the Roman character ever exhibited on the British or on and action, which are in our time termed “strikingly any modern stage. His Alexander displayed the fiery natural," as by their general resemblance to nature, their vain-glory and extravagant grandeur of mad Lee's ranting majesty and beauty of form and face. Our great Dra-original. His King John, Macbeth, and Lear, showed all matic Poet has strikingly exemplified his opinion of per- the varied shades and admirable discrimination, with which sonal advantages, in Hamlet's comparison of his Father Shakespeare separated these characters ; and gave to each and Uncle to bis Mother. Shakspeare did not confine its distinctive features of subtlety, guilt, weakness, grief, the reprehension to the inoral guilt of her crime. The madness, and kingly elevation. His Hamlet was a masterSon appeals to the evidence of her eyes, to prove that she piece of sentiment and noble bearing : his Wolsey a fine had sinned against all rule of nature and sense, in her representation of wounded pride and disappointed ambipreference of the inferior figure and face of his Uncle tion; fallen, but dignified and chastened by affecting to the “grace--combination---majestical, fair, and war-touches of solemnity and sadness. The correct arrangelike form" of his father.
ment of the cardinal's costume; the calm impressive me. Kemble's voice was not naturally strong, but it was of lancholy look; the venerable style of bending loftiness in a mellow manly tone, and he has given it great com- the whole figure can never be forgotten. Of many of pass by practice. He possesses that nobleness and gran- these characters he may be justly said to be the only legideur of form aud face, which, combined with a just timate representative; some, it is to be feared, and those conception and powerful feelings, constitute the primary of the highest class, will die with him. But as he dequalification of a Tragedian of the highest class. It scended nearer to the level of every-day life, he has found may be termed the GOLD of Nature ; that is, the purest competitors, and some on equal terms. The melancholy organ or basis, for the exhibition of passion, expression abstraction of his Penruddock and Stranger, and the paand character. Compared with it, inferior forms, even thetic insanity of his Octavian never failed of their due imwhen equal in conception and feeling, are but as Silver; and pression. That a great man like Kemble should have atso on, to the meaner metals, in proportion as they sink tempted characters for which his powers were not altobelow the standard or first order. Kemble's rank in the gether suited, is not an unusual circumstance. When first class, where he has had so very few rivals, was fixed young, he performed Othello and Romeo, but fell below by nature. No person considers a fine medal in brass, of himself in these characters. He also made some attempts in equal value to oue in silver, or one in silver equal to one in genteel comedy, but his performance wanted the gliding
easy demeanour of modern life. That he seriously verting to the difference of style, we are heretic enough meditated on Falstaff may well be doubted. Neither our to pronounce the substituted symphony in itself unsatisintentions nor limits permit a notice of all his characters factory. It is defective with regard to unity of plan, even by name, we shall, therefore, briefly conclude the although not destitute of individual beauties. This is present article, by observing that he has been equalled in frequently the fault of Beethoven's works. his time, by Henderson, Cooke, and Kean only. These Among the new singers, the two principal ones are, great actors, in some parts of certaiu characters, have sur-Madame Camporesi, who, as prima donna, sustained the passed him. But “take him for all in all,” we fear character of Penelope, and Signor Crivelli, the represenafter we have lost him, that it will be long before we shall tative of Ulysses, as first tenor. The former, although “ look upon his like again.”
past the age of youth, possesses the combined advantages
of an interesting and expressive countenance, and a fine THE ITALIAN OPERA.
figure; both of which enhanced the effect of her histrionic
exertions. At times we thought the latter not quite suffiKING'S THEATRE.
ciently impressive and dignified for her particular part, It is on more than one account that we propose to di. but upon the whole we were pleased with her play ; and rect our particular attention to this establishment. The as a singer, we deem her an acquisition ; of her taste and house affords a point of union to the highest circles of science she gave ample proofs, in the beautiful terzelt, fashion; and the performances not only diffuse generally " D'un traditor indegno,” as well as in the finale of the a proper musical taste, but serve as a school to such of first act; and in the aria “ Nel mio cuore,” her intonation our own composers and singers as have the good sense to and the flexibility of her voice had a fair and very sucavail themselves of so valuable an opportunity for im- cessful trial, although the higher notes appeared somewhat provement. Hence we have observed with peculiar regret weak, and occasionally weven, owing to a habit of the various and almost uninterrupted difficulties under "mincing” the sounds, to which, at times, even Catalani which our Italian Opera has laboured for many years was subject. past; and the recent transfer of the property to the hands Signor Crivelli's person is of the middle size, embonof one individual, Mr. Waters, excited well founded point, with a head somewhat large : but these drawbacks hopes, that its future management would at last corre-on the representative of a hero, and a habit, rather unspond with the high patronage and liberal support which pleasing, of turning up and shutting his eyes, appeared it so conspicuously enjoys.
overbalanced, by dignified deportment, a noble simplicity These hopes were strengthened by the publication of of action, impressive delivery, and above all, by a fine the establishment for this season. Besides Madame Fodor, body of voice, (rather inclined to the lower notes), of Mr. Braham, and Mr. Naldi, a variety of new performers mellow intonation and pliability. In him, too, we had were announce), of whose merits we shall give our opi- frequent opportunities of witnessing a rich store of science nion hereafter ; and Mr. Weichsel appeared as leader of and cultivated taste. These were conspicuously displayed the orchestra, a station, in which he stands unrivalled. in the terzett and finale above-mentioved, as also in the
The Theatre opened for the season on the 11th instant, Recitativo obligato, and the Caratina in the prison scene. with the serious Opera of La Penelope, composed by In fine, Signor Crivelli is a first rate tenor. Cimarosa. As this is not a new production, and as the Madame Pasta likewise made her first debut at this poetical value of an Italian Opera is unfortunately sup- theatre, in the character of Telemachus, which she sup: posed to be a secondary consideration, we shall not enter ported satisfactorily. With a very interesting youthful upon a criticism of the diction and plots of this drama : countenance, resembling that of Miss Kelly, a neat figure, and were the case otherwise, we should not feel justified an agreeable voice, and a good professional education, in allowing great merit to either. The fable in particular, she appears to us a meritorious singer. The air, " Ah! which with the exception of a few names, bears scarcely per noi la bella Aurora," with its recitativo, she gave any resemblance to the Homeric tale, is, notwithstanding with correctness and considerable feeling. its plaipness, strained beyond all probability, and in one Mademoiselle Mori, as Arsinoe, was throughout respec
especor two instances very obscurely told. Of the music we table, but not sufficiently animated. The recovery of a can speak more favorably. Although it partakes to a cer- favorite bird would probably create a greater degree of tain degree of the common fault of the present Italian emotion than slie exhibited when receiving the grant of School, a want of originality in ideas, and of striking her father's life at the hand of. Ulysses. In the air effects, (the same thoughts, bowever good, occurring " Vanne, ma pensa o Caro," she was deservedly apo almost invariably in every Italian Opera), it is worthy of plauded. the pame of Cimarosa. The melodies, whether of tender Of the qualifications of Signor Angrisani, also a new or pathetic import, are uncommonly fine; the accompani- performer, we cannot as yet speak in very high terms. ments exbibit the utmost richness and elegance, and Upon the whole, this Opera was well performed, and, frequently an abundant store of harmonic science. An the costume was tolerably correct in the male actors. The Overture, by Beethoven we understand, has been sub- ladies, with a slight sprinkling à la Grec, were, as in most stituted for that of Cimarosa, without great advantage in theatres, dressed pretty nearly in the fashion of the preour opinion. In the first place, the contrast between the sent day, to renounce which few managers are perhaps introduction borrowed from the former, and the music powerful or uncourteous enough to demand from the fair of the remainder of the Opera, is so striking that we part of their establishment. With the scenery there could not help recollecting the “ Humano capiti jungere would have been ample occasion to find fault, were it not si velis cervicem equinam” of Horace, and without ad- that we consider the concern in a sort of re-convalescence,