[Met Performance] CID:106900
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
Boccaccio {1} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/2/1931.
 (Metropolitan Opera Premiere)
(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 2, 1931
Metropolitan Opera Premiere


BOCCACCIO {1}
Suppé-Zell/R. Genée

Boccaccio...............Maria Jeritza
Pietro..................Walter Kirchhoff
Fiametta................Editha Fleischer
Beatrice................Nina Morgana
Scalza..................George Meader
Isabella................Dorothee Manski
Lotteringhi.............Marek Windheim
Peronella...............Marion Telva
Lambertuccio............Gustav Schützendorf
Leonetto................Hans Clemens
Tofano..................Max Altglass
Major-domo..............William Gustafson [Last performance]
Bookseller..............Alfredo Gandolfi
Checco..................James Wolfe
Filippa.................Dorothea Flexer
Pantalone...............Gustav Schützendorf
Colombina...............Nina Morgana
Pulcinella..............Ludwig Burgstaller
Arlecchino..............George Meader
Narcisino...............Hans Clemens

Conductor...............Artur Bodanzky

Director................Wilhelm Von Wymetal
Set designer............Joseph Urban
Costume designer........Lillian Gärtner Palmedo

Boccaccio received ten performances this season.

[The recitatives, as well as the waltz interpolated in Act III, were arranged by Bodanzky.]

Review of Olin Downes in the New York Times

Mme. Jeritza should have been here earlier in comedy roles, which she has often taken with special success in Europe. She cut a fine figure on the stage. Her acting was not an attempt to be kittenish, which would have been risky with a woman of her stature, but she scintilated and she radiated laughter, yet bore herself with becoming gallantry. Although much of the music did not lie in the best registers of her voice, she delivered it with special care for tone, phrase and nuance. Her solo waltz in the last act was admirably compiled by Mr. Bodanzky from music of two other operas of von Suppé, "Donna Juanita" and "Pique Dame."

Her scene with the ensemble in this act, before the waltz could have been, and indeed should have been encored many times. She delivered her passages of spoken recitative with a fine flourish. Mr. Bodanzky accompanying the recitations. wisely permitted many of them to be spoken.



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