[Met Performance] CID:10670
Mignon {12} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/5/1892.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 5, 1892
In Italian


MIGNON {12}

Mignon..................Marie Van Zandt
Wilhelm Meister.........Fernando Valero
Philine.................Lilli Lehmann
Lothario................Jules Vinché
Frédéric................Sofia Scalchi
Laërte..................Agostino Carbone
Jarno...................Antonio De Vaschetti
Antonio.................Giuseppe Cernusco

Conductor...............Auguste Vianesi

W.J. Henderson in The New York Times

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE.

An audience of fairly large size assembled in the Metropolitan Opera House last evening to listen to the singing of Ambroise Thomas's version of Goethe's "Wilhelm Meister," known to operagoers as "Mignon." This opera is one of those tuneful works which please the less serious attendant of operatic performances because of the abundant opportunities it affords for the display of pretty singing. Perhaps the music allotted to Mignon herself is a trifle more sentimental than students of Goethe would like to have it, but it is graceful and melodious. The florid music of Filina is quite in keeping with the effervescent character of the lady, and Frederico's rhythmic gavotte is admirably suggestive of that young gentleman's nature as a carpet knight.

Only diplomacy and determination on the part of the management prevented a change of opera last evening, for both Mlle. Van Zandt, the Mignon, and M. Vinche, the Lothario, were suffering from some indisposition, and a printed apology for them was inserted in the programme. It may be said with justice to both singers that neither of them needed the protection of an apology, for they did their work with no less credit than at former performances of this opera.

The Filina last evening was Mme. Lehmann, who, it must be admitted, is both physically and vocally somewhat stalwart for the part. Mme. Lehmann, however, displayed her customary artistic desire to present a dramatically truthful picture, and her Filina was certainly a gay and smiling dame on conquest bent. One of her talking bits of business was the reading of the English letter in English, a novelty which delighted the audience almost as much as the new sensation of seeing Mme. Lehmann in a comedy part. It ought to be remembered, however, that comedy is not a new field for her since in bygone days she was a much-praised Rosina in "Il Barbiere di Seviglia."

Signor Valero was the Wilhelm Meister last night. Mme. Scalchi repeated her excellent impersonation of Frederico and achieved her usual success with the gavotte. Louis Saar conducted.

This afternoon 'Faust" will be given to one of the largest audiences ever seen in the Opera House. At 9 o'clock last night no less than 290 applications for seats had been refused at the box office for the good reason that every seat in the house had been sold.



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