15 OCTOBER 1859, Page 20


The Drury Lane Italian company breaks up this evening, after a per- formance in which Mademoiselle Piccolomini is to appear for the first time in the Trovatore. On Thursday, and last evening, she appeared in the 2'raviata and in Lucia di Lannnernioor. It would seem that the capti- vating little prima donna's popularity remains undiminished; for, though the performances have depended for their attraction almost en- tirely on herself, yet the theatre has been crowded, and her reception as enthusiastic as ever. She is now about to return, it is said, to her na- tive Italy, where she has not appeared since she first reaped her English and American laurels.

Dinorah continues to be performed nightly at Covent Garden to crowded houses and with unabated applause. We understand that an English version of the Trovatore is to be brought out at this house. If so, we regret it. We are far from objecting to the production of good foreign operas on the English stage, though, we confess, we should pre- fer, cmteris paribus, works of our own musicians. But the Trovatore is not a good opera, nor is it suited to the means of the Covent Garden English company. We have much more satisfaction in learning that an opera by Mr. Vincent Wallace is in preparation. It is entitled Lurline, and is founded on the same romantic legend of the Rhine which forms the subject of Mendelssohn's unfinished opera, Lovely, of which some fragments only have been published since his death. Balfe, too, it is said, is also employed on an opera for this theatre.