28 JULY 1855, Page 11

Low-priced opera appears to succeed at Drury Lane. The Italian

operas have drawn full houses during the season. The lessee has now be- gun a course of English. opera, (or opera in English,) on the same terms, and with the prospect of similar success. Balfe's Bohemian Girl, produced on Saturday last, is filling the house every night. Mr. Smith is a wise man in his vocation. In these speculations he has no star—no prima donna or primo tenore whose inordinate salary starves the rest of the esta- blishment. He has a fair working company ; and, with a good orchestra, a decent chorus, and a showy spectacle, he gets up an opera in a way by no means unsatisfactory. Miss Escott is a promising young soprano singer, Mr. Geier a weak but not unpleasant tenor ; and Mr. Hamilton Braham is becoming a very respectable basso.