"Suzette" - Baldwin Theater (1890)

The information we have for "Suzette" at the Baldwin Theater is taken from the below article printed in the Call on April 22, 1890.

Cast

Name Role
Miss Marie Stone Suzette
W. H. MacDonald Marquis of Tollebrache
Miss Jessie Bartlett-Davis Diane, the Marchioness
Edwin W. Hoff Renee
George Fromingham Capt. Vienbec
A. E. Nichols Domingo

Staff

Name Position
Latour Composer
Oscar Weill English Translation & Transposition

Newspaper Articles

The Morning Call (San Francisco, California) - April 22, 1890

The Baldwin auditorium was a pleasant sight last evening, filed as it was with the elite of the city to witness the presentation of Latour's comic opera, "Suzette." We notice that in the current announcements it is called "Oscar Weill's 'Suzette' " - for Oscar claims a title to it, because he has not only translated the libretto into English, but also transposed - he could not translate - the score to suit the voices of "The Bostonians." Latour has to be heard from on this subject. Meantime, we may say that the opera was nicely presented. In the title-role, Miss Marie Stone gave us a delightful little Picard - a tomboy, who thought a mistake was made at her birth, and that she ought to have been of the masculine instead of the feminine gender. She sings in one of her couplets:

If I were a man I would have a sweetheart;
.. You may bet your boots she'd be pretty, too;
Not one of the lot could give me a start;
.. I would do just as the others do.
By the dozens I'd set hearts beating,
.. Poor creatures dying for a kiss.
If a rival came there'd be no retreating;
.. I'd serve him with a dose like this.

Mr. W. H. MacDonald was the Marquis of Tollebrache, and Miss Jessie Bartlett-Davis the Marchioness (Diane). Both were in admirable voice, and in the double scene, toward the close of the first act, where the quartet "If We Are Really Lovers True" is sung, the effect is charming. The pairs of lovers are screened from each other - Octave and Diane, Renee and Suzette; but they are the same in feeling, and consequently have a mutuality of expression. Renee (Mr. Edwin W. Hoff) was in fine voice; and really this lovers quartet was the choice bit of the evening. The audience were quite taken with it, and although encores were frequent throughout the performance the redemand in this case was made with exceptional energy. Mr. George Frothingham's Captain Vienbec was a captain was a capital bit of work in a comic way. As he appears in this opera he is a sort of Joey Bagstock, with his black servant, Domingo (Mr. A. E. Nichols), to vent his spleen upon, as Major Joe did on "the native." To miss "Suzette" is to miss one of the best offerings "The Bostonians" have to make, and, therefore, we advise those who failed to see the opera last night to avail themselves of the opportunity afforded on Thursday evening next. "Mignon" to-night.

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