[Met Performance] CID:100860
Tosca {212} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 01/1/1929.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 1, 1929 Matinee


TOSCA {212}

Tosca...................Maria Jeritza
Cavaradossi.............Giacomo Lauri-Volpi
Scarpia.................Antonio Scotti
Sacristan...............Pompilio Malatesta
Spoletta................Giordano Paltrinieri
Angelotti...............Louis D'Angelo
Sciarrone...............Vincenzo Reschiglian
Shepherd................Henriette Wakefield
Jailer..................Millo Picco

Conductor...............Vincenzo Bellezza

Review of Leonard Liebling in the American

NEW YEAR'S 'TOSCA' ATTRACTS THRONG TO METROPOLITAN

The tortures of the lovely Tosca and the romantic Cavaradossi started all over again with the New Year, when Puccini's opera concerning the pair was presented yesterday afternoon before a thronged audience at the Metropolitan.

The holiday spirit surmounted that of tragedy, and the racking of the hero and the revenge of the killing heroine, when that grim and grisly second act ended, were rewarded with delighted uproars of applause and ringing cheers from the business-like "bis" and "bravo" boys on the sidelines.

It was not the play, however, that brought about the approbational hubbub, but chiefly its singing presentment. Mme. Maria Jeritza had one of her best-voiced days and her tones exerted their most persuasive quality, climaxing in a "Vissi d'arte" aria of moving sincerity and loveliness. Pictorially, she is a resplendent Tosca; and in action, a subtle blend of felineness and femininity.

Cavaradossi had vibrant enactment and glowing vocalism in the person of Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, who now has learned that intense singing is not necessarily loud singing. His appealing delivery of the famous air in the third act was made especially notable through the intelligent climax he achieved on the words "e muoio disparato."

As Scarpia, Antonio Scotti gave the usual matchless performance which has made him the ideal histrionic exponent of the role, his art in that particular compensating amply for his voice, grown somewhat ferruginous in long and distinguished service. Giordano Paltrinieri was a sufficiently malevolent Spoletta. Vincenzo Bellezza conducted.



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