Frances Wuerl Opera
OPERA "MARTHA" IS APPRECIATED BY LARGE AUDIENCE The C&eeelian Choristers under the direction of the Rev. H. L. Hargarten, Milwaukee, presented the operetta "Martha" by Flotow at the Qpera House here Tuesday evening to a fair' sized but most appreciative audience. The cast presenting the operetta was a very capable one and did full Justice to their parts. Miss Frances Wuerl, soprano, as Lady Harriet Durham, maid of honor to Queen Anne, hts a beautiful voice and her solo parts were rendered in a charming mannerl Mrs. A. C. Reich-ard. the mezzo soprano, was Nancy, her friend, and her voice too. is exceptionally sweet, possessing intensity and volume. The other characters were Sir Tristan Mickle-ford. Lady Harriet's cousin, por trayed by W. Siettmann, bass? Plunkett, a wealthy farmer, L. Rebidean, baritone; Lionel, his foster-brother afterwards Earl of Derby. F. Kern, tenor, and the sheriff of Richmond, F. Parthun. baas. These four gentlemen all possessed powerful voices and carried their parts in an amiable manner. The cast also included a chorus of ladies, servants, farmers, hunters and huntresses. There were four acts and six scenes to this attractive little operetta. The first scene was laid in the boudoir of Lady Harriet, who is weary of the monotony of court life. She is bored by her admirers, and jewels and flowers pall upon her. Tristan, Harriet's cousin, a gay but rather ancient beau, is now announced and proposes a long list of diversions for Harriet's amusements. She declines them all and teases him unmercifully. The song of the servant maids, on their way to the Richmond Fair, now floats in through the window, and hearing these strains of the happy peasants, Harriet conceives a madcap desire to accompany them. Nancy and Tristan protest, but she orders them to go with her. Dresses are procured and they start for the fair, the ladies in the disguise of servant girls, and Tristan garbed as a farmer. Scene two shows the fair at Richmond, where a motley crowd of men and maidens are looking for positions. The two young farmers enter and one tells the story of his adoption. This was very cleverly worked out and proved to be one of the entertaining features of the operetta. Act two opens with the farmhouse scene and as the curtain rise? the farmers enter, dragging with them the unwilling and terrined maidens. In this scene Nancy sang "The Last Rose of Summer" and its revival was charming. Act three shows a hunting scene in Richmond forest, the young farmers, who have sought vainly for their late servants, having come there to watch the queen and her train at the hunt and forset the two maidens who have wrought sch havoc with their affections. In act four, there are two scenes, the first at Plunkett's farmhouse and the second a representation of the Richmond fair. In this scene Lionel sees Harriet in the dress of servant and he embraces her tenderly. They pledge their troth and all ends happily. The scenery and costumes were in keeping with the operetta and it was as spectacular as it was good. It was given for the benefit of St. Aemelian's Orphan asylum.