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FigureSofia Neustadt. Some AMERICAN and BRITISH PRESS NOTICES ofMadame SOFIA NEUSTADT Private Address: 1673 VALDEZ STREET OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA FigurePARIS EST AU ROI. The San Francisco Examiner.The California Club had a day among days yesterday. The event was the appearance of Madame SOFIA NEUSTADT in a series of French songs which supplied material for one of the most entertaining afternoons. Madame NEUSTADT conceived the idea of telling all about her song before singing it. In consequence every one in the big audience, whether familiar with French or not, understood perfectly of what she sang. She is not only an artiste in matter of vocal culture, but also an accomplished actress. In the songs every type was presented, from the grisette to the old grandmother in her dotage.The Oakland Tribune.The musical program given by Madame NEUSTADT before an unprecedentedly large attendance, at Ebell Club, was most artistic in all its details.The San Francisco Chronicle.The Laurel Hall Club assembled a large number of members and guests yesterday afternoon to hear Madame NEUSTADT deliver a lecture on vocal music……As Madame NEUSTADT proceeded she demonstrated her rules and theories with songs, and the information the audience failed to grasp through her technical analysis they acquired most convincingly by her own charming voice.Daily Humboldt Times, Eureka. (The Sequoia Musical Club.)The recital given by Madame SOFIA NEUSTADT at Unity Hall was a decided success from an artistic point of view as well as the numbers present. The charm of Madame NEUSTADT is principally due to her gift of sympathetic expression. She has a stage presence at once winning and gracious. One of the prettiest numbers on the program was Soft Footed Snow, which was sung in a very soft and expresssive style not often heard.The Sentinel, Santa Cruz.A most delightful entertainment was that offered by the Saturday Afternoon Club at Hackley Hall. Madame SOFIA NEUSTADT gave a most interesting lecture onModern Tendencies in Art, illustrated by songs from the composers on whose works she spoke. Madame NEUSTADT has a comprehensive knowledge of literature and art, composition and executive music, on which she discourses, and which she so charmingly renders in her magnificent clear soprano voice.The Call, San Francisco.One of the recent affairs which was given the support of society and also of the musical set was the French Song Recital introduced by Madame SOFIA NEUSTADT before the Forum Club. The Auditorium was crowded with society women, who were enthusiastic over the singer. One or two songs which were delightfully and impertinently Parisian wereParis est au Roi and Au Bord de la Fontaine, and the climax, cleverly done by Madame NEUSTADT, wasLes Souvenirs de Lisette,for which Madame NEUSTADT wore the costume of a French grandmother of the period.The Berkeley Independent.Madame NEUSTADT's voice is admirably trained and her songs, especially built about the old French folk stories, are fascinating. This soloist has identified herself with these unique melodies and sings them with much charm. Les Souvenirs de Lisetteis as delightful a piece of work as any we have seen and heard. (Town and Gown Club.)The Tribune. Oakland.Madame NEUSTADT is a brilliant speaker, illustrating the perfect art of her vocal work in every spoken word. She gave a fine selection of songs, each of which disclosed some new beauty of her exquisitely trained voice. The program included some dainty French songs, given with spirit, grace and charm, striking attributes of Madame NEUSTADT's art. (Home Club Recital.) (Home Club Recital.)The Daily Argus, Alameda.The Orpheus Club gave last night, at the Liberty Theatre, the best concert in its history. The soloist of the evening was Madame NEUSTADT. She has full command of her art, and in all her range her tones are of crystalline purity and fineness.TWO RECITALS. Bechstein Hall, London, England.The Pall Mall Gazette, London.We have no words but those of praise for Madame NEUSTADT's delightful singing. She has singular purity of voice, and also much, versatility of expression. In songs by Tschaikowsky, Saint-Saens, Hildach and Charles Willeby she showed herself to be a true artist. Her intonation is absolutely correct, and at the same time her voice has a certain warmth which does not always go hand in hand with the brilliant quality which she possesses. FigureLes Souvenirs De Liestte. The Times, London.Madame NEUSTADT understands how to make her songs effective, and sings with intelligence. She gave numbers by Schubert and Hugo Wolf, and in Rossini's La Danzaand Faure's Les Berceaux andApres un Reve,made a decided success. Her command of all the usual languages is considerable; but her English is so good that it can hardly be that of a foreigner. In Tschaikowsky's pretty Legende,Saint Saens' Reverie and Hildach's The Weed Forgetfulness,all sung in English translations, excellent taste was displayed.The Standard, London.Two talented artists who have before been heard in conjunction to great advantage gave another recital last night. These were Miss May Elliot, the pianist, and Mme. SOFIA NEUSTADT, a singer of charm and great accomplishment …….Mme. NEUSTADT s songs were marked by great taste and refinement. This cultured singer shines to equal advantage in French, German and English songs.The Daily Telegraph, London .Madame NEUSTADT was heard in a great variety of songs, Schubert appearing first in the list. To the German examples succeeded Rossini'sLa Danza,a piece not often heard at recitals nowadays. The choice, however, was justified, and the singer's high notes came out with very charming effect. Some French songs, ancient and modern, also showed off to advantage Madame NEUSTADT's voice and style, while she was no less happy in a final group drawn from mixed sources.Black and White, London.Madame NEUSTADT is an accomplished vocalist…….she has a delicate voice and her interpretations are full of refinement and subtlety.The Morning Post, London. The program was varied and generally attractive, and the two artists soon won the favor of their audience. The first number on the program was Liszt's beautiful setting of Heine's poem,Die Loreley,and it was sung with taste and feeling by Mme. NEUSTADT, who possesses a light, flexible soprano voice.The Musical Courier, London.Madame NEUSTADT displayed her beautiful soprano voice in a selection of songs given equally well in English, French and German. Liszt's weirdDie Loreley,Brahm's So Willst du des Armen,and Loewe's merry Niemand Hat's Geseh'n, were given with much charm.Glasgow Herald (Our London Letter). Few more engaging singers have been heard in the Bechstein Hall lately than Madame SOFIA NEUSTAT, who gave a recital this afternoon in conjunction with Miss May Elliot as solo pianist. Whether in the German, French or English examples put forward, Madame NEUSTAT sang with refreshing clearness and insight, her treatment of the French items and Rossini's La Danzabeing particularly suited to her flexible and well directed voice…….The hall was well filled by an enthusiastic audience.The Gentlewoman, London.Madame NEUSTADT is a highly cultured singer with a delicate voice of a tone that lends itself admirably to the subtle in music. The program was remarkably varied, and in each song she seemed to meet the demands of the composer.Five Vocal Recitals. The Freemasons' Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland. The Scotsman, Edinburgh.Madame SOFIA NEUSTADT, who was the vocalist, is a singer of such excellent gifts and sound training that she alone would make any entertainment delightful, and as she was down in the program for no fewer than eleven songs, it may fairly be said that she bore off the honors of the evening. She possesses a cultured style which gives distinction to a soprano voice of great natural sweetness and power, and apparently leans rather to a refined emotional rendering of songs of sentiment, though her cleverness in vocalization was fully shown by her singing of an aria by Rossini. She was very warmly applauded, and at the end conceded an encore.The Daily Record and Mail, Edinburgh.Madame NEUSTADT sang with no little art at her second recital in the Freemasons' Hall, Edinburgh, on Saturday afternoon, the pleasing and cultured qualities of her voice being set forth to most purpose in gems by Grieg, Wagner, Strauss, Allitsen and Schumann. It was refreshing to find the concert giver singing English songs freely. Her rendering of the encore number, Within a Mile of Edinbro',was marked by rare grace and expression. FigureLes belles manieres. North British Advertiser and Ladies' Journal, Edinburgh.For her second vocal recital Madame NEUSTADT sang no less than seventeen songs by Grieg, Wagner, etc. Her rendering of this long and varied selection was marked by refinement and expression, alike in the modern chansonettes and in the more florid numbers. Among her happiest efforts were John Metcalfe's song, Absent; Rossini's Tarantella, La Danza; and Guy D'Hardelot'sSans Toi.The recital was greatly enjoyed by an appreciative audience.The Evening Dispatch, Edinburgh.Brief but decidedly enjoyable describes the concert given in the Freemasons' Hall, Edinburgh, last night. Madame SOFIA NEUSTADT, the vocalist of the evening, well maintained her reputation as a singer who excels in the expression of the emotions. Avec Toirevealed this in a marked degree, and the passion of that fervid love song of Victor Hugo's was imparted with charming feeling. In Long Ago in Egypt Madame NEUSTADT revealed a peculiar resonant quality of voice in the upper ranges, of bell like clearness, and in this song also the modulation of the voice in several passages was of great beauty. Madame NEUSTADT concluded with theThe Sweet o' the Year,a dainty invitation to the swallows tocome north again.The Evening News, Edinburgh.......The group of French songs included Gabriel Faure's strange tone picture,Les Berceaux,and two exquisite Eighteenth Century pastorals, one of which,Ronde Villageoise,so charmed the audience that it had to be repeated. It was altogether a charming recital.The Scotsman, Edinburgh.The contributions of Madame NEUSTADT included a large number of songs in English, French and German, which necessarily required great variety of treatment. Madame NEUSTADT is an admirable interpreter of this class of composition. Having accurately divined the spirit of the music, she is able, with her cultured soprano voice, to sing it with artistic taste and expression.The Edinburgh Magazine.Madame NEUSTADT'S voice, a bright soprano, is a very pure and sweet one, especially in the higher notes, Schubert's Nacht and Traumeaffording an excellent example of this quality, and her interpretation generally of a varied program left little or nothing to be desired.Herr Ernst Denhof's Chamber Concerts. Edinburgh Evening News. Possessed of a voice of much sweetness, Madame NEUSTADT sang with great art and commendable restraint.The Albert Hall Concerts, Stirling, Scotland. The Observer, Stirling.Dame Nature has been lavish in her gifts to Madame NEUSTADT, while musical culture, refinement, training and travel have made possible the finished artiste, whose delight is ever to give delight. The charm of Madame NEUSTADT is principally due to her gift of sympathetic expression to that bright vivaciousness and happy wholeheartedness which are so characteristic of her renderings, and, if we do not err greatly, are the revelation of her own personality. To her voice which is one of purity and flexibility she adds a stage presence at once winning and gracious.Journal and Advertiser, Stirling .Madame NEUSTADT sang charmingly, and confirmed the good impression created on her previous visit. Her voice has a clear belllike quality, while it is also rich and round, and as she has it under perfect control, she can achieve successfully even the most exigeant music.Stirling Journal and Advertiser.Madame NEUSTADT is an accomplished vocalist and an excellent linguist. She sang in four different languages with equal ease; her voice, marvelously flexible, and absolutely under control, is delightfully sweet, while the tone is full and round. She has a wonderful power of reducing the volume to the barest whisper while retaining every other quality. The range of expression demanded by the dozen songs which were her share of the program, including a dainty little encore calledThe Four Leaved Clover,touched the whole gamut of the emotions, and each received just the proper interpretation. Madame NEUSTADT thoroughly deserved the long and enthusiastic applause which rewarded her efforts.The North British Advertiser and Ladies' Journal.Added to an entirely charming personality, Madame NEUSTADT possesses a sympathetic mezzo soprano voice, which she uses equally effectively in bringing. out lyrical and emotional elements, grave and gay feelings. Special features in her singing are her perfect enunciation, no matter whether the words be German, French or English, and the beauty of her tone production. FigureLe Roi Fait Battre Tambour.
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