February 9, 2013

Estelle Wentworth (fl. late 19th/early 20th Century),
American actress and singer
(photo: unknown, USA, circa 1906)

Estelle Wentworth in The Serenade at the National Theatre, Washington, D.C., Monday, 3 June 1907
‘The opening of the second week of summer light opera by the Aborn Opera Company at the National Theater last evening brought out an audience almost as large as that which greeted Robin Hood last week.
‘The vocal honors of the evening went to Miss Estelle Wentworth who had the part of Yvonne. Her one coloratura song in which she sang sixths and thirds to the flute was the most difficult and finely executed vocal part of the evening. Her notes were pure and limpid, and sung with an artistry which nearly equaled that of Maconda and Melba in similar passages. Miss Wentworth was obliged to sing her song three times.
‘Equal honors were accorded to Albert Parr, who took the part of Lopez, after the romance which he sings in the third act, and excellent work was done by Huntington May as Romeo, Karl Stall in the part of Alverado, Edith Bradford as Dolores, and Charles P. Swickard, who was the Duke of Santa Cruz. The humorous characterizations were intrusted to George Frothingham in the part of the tailor, Gomez, and Paul Branson the grand opera tenor, whose notes “have all gone to protest,” each of whom kept the house in constant merriment.’
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, 4 June 1907, p. 2g)


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