Adapted by ANNE PARLANE from the short Story,
' A Wildgoose Chase,' by A. E. COPPARD
The Characters :
The Beamishs' Kitchen Their Drawing-room
An Apartment somewhere in Italy
The Play produced by PETER CRESWELL
Natalie Beamish, his wife:
Fred Smith, their chauffeur:
Jossie Parsons, their housemaid:
An Italian Peasant Woman:
Conductor, B. WALTON
IN writing Rienzi, Wagner admitted that his idea was to be imposing and extravagant in the prevailing grand-opera manner, though he pursued his theme with the sincerity of belief ho had in it. The opera itself would not prove effective if performed today. There are moments in it, but it is for the most part flamboyantly tiresome, and theatrical beyond oven what we are prepared to stand from Wagner. There is some fine resounding music in the Overture, however, and though it leans slightly towards vulgarity in its more opulent melodies, its brassy vigour and fiery strength make the strongest of appeals.
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