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I OPERA AT WINDSOR CASTLE.

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I OPERA AT WINDSOR CASTLE. I PAGLIACCI PERFORMED BEFORE THE QUEEN. when her Majesty was in the Riviera in the spring Signor Leoncavallo played some of his carspositions before her, and accepted the Queen's commands to direct a performance of Pagliacci," the opera by which he is best known, at Windsor Castle this month1. Unfortunately, Signor Leoncavallo hae fouBd it impossible to come to England, owing, as everysne will regret to leant, to an affection of his- eyes. But the representation could not be post- poned, and accordingly it took place on Tuesday evening in the Waterloo Chamber, the performers being members of the company of the Royal Opepa, Covent Garden. The artrat, musicians, and assistants, about 150 im number, were conveyed in the course of the afternoon from Paddmgton by the Great Western Railway. The orchestra and chorus, accompanied by Mr. Neil Forsyth, reached Windsor at half-past two, and at once proceeded to the palace, where a rehearsal was held in the Waterloo Chamber. Earl de Grey and Mr. Maurice Gran, two of the directors of the Grand Opera Syndicate, and the prin- cipal vocalist travelled from Paddington later, find on their arrival drove to the eastle in the car- riages which had been provided for their conveyanas from the station. Lord Edward Pelham Clinton, Master of the Royal Household, personally superin- I ended the arrangements in connection with the entertainment, and the reception of the Queen's guests. The Waterloo Chamber had been specially prepared by the Lord Chamberlain's officials. The Royal dais and amphitheatre like auditorium behind it, were draped with crimson cloth, and furnished with chairs for the Queen and Royal Family and the Ladies and Gentlemen of her Majesty's Household. The front of the dais was fringed by a low curtain edged within by vases of roses and beautiful heart-leaved miniature calla- diums, selected from the Frogmore greenhouses. The orchestra was decorated with yellow roses interspersed with maidenhair and other delicate ferns, each end of the row terminating with a richly hued croton. Groups of roses, hydrangias, fuchias, palms, and cocas filled the corners and screened the fireplaces of the Royal apartment. The Queen, attended by the ladies aid gentlemen- in-waiting, proceeded after dinner to the Waterloo Chamber, the audience, upwards of a hundred in number, rising, and the orchestra playing the National Anthem when her Majesty entered the apartment. The Queen's libretti of Le Chalet" and "Pagliooci" were printed upon white satin, bound in Garter blue, and ornamented with the Royal Arms, a separate gilt-edged card programme being also provided for her Majesty. The rest of the programmes for the Royal audience were printed upon white satin. The entertainment commenced a few minutes after her Majesty had taken her seat, the programme being as follows I WINDSOR CASTLE. By Command of her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, The Royal Opera Company (from the Opera House, Covent-garden), Under the direction of Mr. Maurice Grau, Will appear on Tuesday, July 4, 1899. Her Majesty's Servants will perform Adolphe Adam's Opera, LE CHALET. Daniel M. Cazeneuve. Max. M. Planqon. Bettly Mile. Leclerc. Conductor. M. Ph. Flon. Followed by Leoncavallo's Opera, FAGLIACCI. Tonio Signor Ancona. Canio Signor De Lucia. jen Arlequino M. Cazeueuve. Nedda Mme. Suzanne Adam*. Silvio M. Jacques Bars. Conductor Signor Mancinelli. Regisseur M. Pierre Bandu. Special scenery painted for this performance by Mr. Bruce Smith and assistants. Secretary, Mr. Neil Forsyth. There was an interval between the two operas, and at the close of the performance the Queen and Royal Family left the Waterloo Chamber. Her Majesty's guests were afterwards entertained in the dining- room, supper being provided for the artists and orchestra in the Vandyck room, and the Audience and Presence Chambers, under the supervision of Mr. Lloyd Clerk, Comptroller of the Lord Steward's Department. The company returned øubsequeDth tit London. ll.

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