[Met Performance] CID:1070
Mignon {2} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 11/3/1883.

(Debut: Cleofonte Campanini
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 3, 1883 Matinee
In Italian


MIGNON {2}

Mignon..................Christine Nilsson
Wilhelm Meister.........Victor Capoul
Philine.................Alwina Valleria
Lothario................Giuseppe Del Puente
Frédéric................Sofia Scalchi
Laërte..................Baldassare Corsini
Jarno...................Ludovico Contini
Antonio.................not performed

Conductor...............Cleofonte Campanini [Debut]

Sofia Scalchi repeated the gavotte, "Ci sono. Ho tutto infranto"

Review in The New York Times:

"Mignon" was repeated at the new opera-house yesterday afternoon before an audience scarcely smaller than that of Wednesday evening. The popularity of Mme. Nilsson with New York opera-goers is indisputable, and the announcement of her name upon the bill appears to be a sure way to draw a full-sized audience. The performance of M. Thomas's opera yesterday was smooth and commendable, and Mme. Nilsson, Signor Del Puente, Mme. Valleria, and Mme. Scalchi were warmly applauded. The contralto was obliged to repeat the gavotte in Act II, which she sang with much taste and expression. A pleasant feature of the representation was the first appearance in this country of Signor Cleofonte Campanini, brother of the distinguished tenor, as conductor. The young musician received a cordial welcome when he appeared in the place hitherto occupied by Signor Vianesi, and in conducting the performance of Ambroise Thomas's graceful and ingenious music he displayed both intelligence and experience. At the close of the first act he received rifts of flowers and a handsome scarf-ring.

Verdi"s "La Traviata," which will be given on Monday evening, will present Mme. Marcella Sembrich in a stronger role, from a dramatic point of view, than any she has yet attempted here. Mme. Sembrich has already shown that she is a conscientious actress, as well as a wonderful bravura songstress, and her impersonation of Violetta will certainly be interesting. In this opera, the first produced by Mr. Abbey containing a ballet divertissement demanding the services of a premiere, Mme. Malvina Cavalazzi will make her first appearance. The production of a Wagner opera at the new opera-house, where the vast resources of the stage at once suggest its availability for the presentation of elaborate modern works, will be the event of next Wednesday night. "Lohengrin" will then be brought forward, with Signor Campanini and Mme. Nilsson in the two impersonations with which they entranced New York music lovers 10 years ago. The great value of these characterizations need not be dwelt upon at this time. The cast of Wagner's work will include, also Mme. Fursch-Madi, who will be heard for the first time this season as Ortruda, Signor Kaschmann as Telramondo, Signor Novara as the King, and M. Angier as the Herald. Beautiful scenery from the brushes of Mr. Fox and his assistants and handsome new dresses will, of course, be features of this revival. Amateurs will naturally be anxious to witness a fair test of the efficiency of the imported band, and to study Signor Vianesi's method of treating the great German composer's elaborate instrumentation. "Faust" will be the opera next Friday night, and "Lohengrin" will be repeated at the matinee. The new dress circle stalls and mezzanine boxes in the opera-house are ready, and the scale of prices for single seats now ranges from $1 to $5, admission to the family circle being fixed at 50 cents, and to all other parts of the house at $2. The mezzanine boxes sell for $20 and the larger boxes for $40.



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