NY Times 8 May 1887 Preview of McCaull Opera Production
COMIC OPERA Al WALLACE'S. THE CHARGE OF " THE BLACK HUSSAR" TO-MORROW TO-MORROW TO-MORROW NIGHT. CoL McCanll was busily engaged at Wallack's yesterday superintending tne final rehearsal of " The Black Hussar," with which bis Summer season of comic opera will open at that house to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow evening. As the opera will be presented it will be practically a new production, rather than a revival in tbe ordinary sense of that word. During the Winter two of the Colonel's companies have been singing singing "The Black Hussar" throughout tbe country, and these two troupes have been amalgamated for tbe presentation here. Tbe best singers and actors of the two have been selected and cast in tbe principal characters, and tbe choruses bave been combined, combined, forming a body of 40 singers, all of whom know how to uee their voices to advantage. The opera itself is one of the most popular ever presented In this country. "Since its original production here, more than two years ago." said the Colonel. - we bave been doing It continually, and its success has been so great that two f my three traveling companies have been constantly constantly engaged in its production. We have Just concluded an engagement in Chicago, where ' Tbe Hussar proved tbe greatest financial success success of the season, although It was the third time that the opera had been seen there. There seems to be an element of popularity in this piece which makes it a sure card wherever we produce it I am Inclined to think that tbe horse has something to do with It, but the bright and catchy musio Is undoubtedly its strong attraction." attraction." " Read the Answer in the Stars," In which Cot-trely Cot-trely Cot-trely and Hopper made sucb a tremendous bit when it was first Introduced here In " The Black Hussar," has been enriched with a number of new stanzas, aud the singers are prepared to sing the astronomical variations until tbe audience wearies of encores. The plan of Col. McCaull Is to give two weeks each of The Hussar," ' The Beggar Stndent." " Falka." and " Prince Methu-salem," Methu-salem," Methu-salem," after which the two new operas. "Jao-quette" "Jao-quette" "Jao-quette" and " The Bellman," will see tlielr first representations in English. Mr. A. O. Thomas will represent Col. McCaull at Wallack's during tbe season. Mr. B. D. Stevens, Stevens, who attended to the business last Bummer, will manage the Colonel's company In Baltimore, Baltimore, whioh is to open for a Summer season in the Academy of Music in that city on Monday. April 16, with tbe production of ' Indiana." Tbe advance sale of seats for "The Black Hussar" Hussar" has been unusually large for every night this week, and the indications all point to a brilliant brilliant season for the father of oomio opera in this city.