Posts Tagged ‘Georges Bizet’


La Malaguenita in the ballet Carmen, Alhambra, Leicester Square, London, 1912

November 10, 2013

La Malaguenita (active 1912), Spanish dancer, as she appeared in the revival of the ballet Carmen, choreographed by Augustin Berger and produced at the Alhambra, Leicester Square, London, on 24 January 1912.
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1912)

‘OUR LONDON LETTER … JAN. 27 [1912].
Carmen, in the shape of a ballet, was revived at the Alhambra on Wednesday night. The present production is vastly better than the first, some two or three years ago [actually 7 May 1903], which had Guerara [Rosario Guerrero] for its heroine. The hand of Dion Calthrop Clayton, the new art director of the theatre, is apparent in the picturesque color scheme. The very atmosphere of Spain is reproduced. Alfred Moul, the managing director of the Alhambra, has for a long time been in Spain collecting characteristic dancers. He has certainly met with very great success. At the head of the importation is La Malaguenita, whose table dance is likely to be the sensation of the city. Mlle. Gaschewska [Anna Gaszewska], who was originally engaged to play Carmen, was suddenly prevented, but in her place Mr. Moul got Maria Le Bella, who gives a perfectly ideal performance. Bizet’s music is used, with the interpolation here and there of a composition by George Byng, the libretto maestro essential to ballet dancing. Carmen is likely to prove a great success.’
(The New York Clipper, New York, Saturday, 17 February 1912, p. 2a)


Lillie Wilson

July 30, 2013

Lillie Wilson (fl. late 1880s), actress
(photo: unknown, possibly London, circa 1888)

This real photograph cigarette card of Lillie Wilson, about whom nothing is at present known, was issued in the United States in the early 1890s with The Old Reliable Sweet Caporal Cigarettes. Miss Wilson is almost certainly the actress of that name who appeared in a minor role at the Princess’s Theatre, London, in November 1888, in The Love that Kills, the ‘Poetical Fancy’ adapted by Jocelyn Brandon from Alphonse Daudet’s L’Artésienne, with music by Georges Bizet, which first opened at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre on 27 January 1888.

The Love that Kills, Jocelyn Brandon’s adaptation of Alphone Daudet’s exquisite play L’Artésienne, was revived for a series of matinées at the Princess’s, commencing November 26 [1888]. Miss Sophie Eyre, Mr. Lawrence Cautley, Mr. Julian Cross, and Mr. Glen Wynn resumed the characters they appeared in when the piece was played at the Prince of Wales’s in June last, and were all warmly applauded. Miss Enid Leslie was the new Jacques, the half-witted boy, and succeeded in a very artistic and sympathetic manner in conveying the struggle of the awakening intellect in the little neglected, almost unloved creature. Miss Nellie Navette, as L’Artésienne, looked the beautiful dangerous creature she should represent, and her dancing of the Farandole gained her an emphatic encore. Miss Grace Hawthorne, but for a little artificiality in her manner, was a tender Vivette. Bizet’s beautiful music was well rendered by an increased orchestra conducted by Mr. Michael Conolly.’
(The Theatre, London, 1 January 1889, p. 66)