The subordinate position which tragedy holds with regard to opera
at Drury Lane is wonderfully apparent. Even the really impassioned act- ing of Miss Helen Faucit as Juliet barely suffices to render Romeo and Juliet endurable, by such a troop of inanities is she surrounded. Messrs. Charles Kean and Phelps, in their managerial capacities, have made us unlearn the art of relishing a bad ensemble for the sake of one or two, eminent performers ; and if tragedies cannot be put on the stage effi-
deafly, it would be better, now-a-days, not to bring them out at all,— when they are so well represented at the Princess's and Sadler's Wells.