[Met Performance] CID:10890
Carmen {18} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/4/1892.

(Debut: Greta Risley
Marie Tavary sang the title role in German and Emma Eames sang Michaela in French.
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 4, 1892

In Italian

CARMEN {18}
Bizet--Meilhac/L. Halévy

Carmen..................Marie Tavary
Don José................Fernando Valero
Micaela.................Emma Eames
Escamillo...............Antonio Magini-Coletti
Frasquita...............Mathilde Bauermeister
Mercédès................Greta Risley [Debut]
Remendado...............Antonio Rinaldini
Dancaïre................Mr. Grossi
Zuniga..................Lodovico Viviani
Moralès.................Antonio De Vaschetti
Dance...................Rebecca Salmoiraghi

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

Director................Theodore Habelmann
Set Designer............Charles Fox, Jr.
Set Designer............William Schaeffer
Set Designer............Gaspar Maeder
Set Designer............Mr. Thompson
Costume Designer........D. Ascoli
Costume Designer........Henry Dazian

Marie Tavary sang the title role in German and Emma Eames sang Micaela in French.

Carmen received one performance this season.


From the review in the New York Times of 3/5/1892:

The performance of "Carmen" at the Metropolitan Opera House last evening was somwhat unbalanced by reason of the sudden indispostion of Mlle. Giulia Ravogli, who was to have appeared in the title role. Her place was taken at very short notice by Mme. Tavary, who, strangely enough, sang her part in German. It was unfortunate that Mme. Tavary had to rush in to fill a vacancy, for she was certainly suffering from nervousness. She would probably have sung the part much better had she been given a little more time to prepare for the ordeal of facing the Metropolitan public. It is to be hoped that if Mme. Tavary has occasion at any future time to sing Carmen, she will succeed in finding a better "make-up" than that of last evening.

Signor Valero was the Don José of the performance, and he acquitted himself very well, achieving a great success with the audience. The Escamillo was Signor Magini-Coletti. The most satisfactory interpretation was that of Micaela by Mme. Eames. She looked the part to perfection, and acted it with a gentle dignity which was altogether charming. As for her singing, only praise can be spoken of that. Her phrasing was always lovely and the fine quality of her voice was heard to great advantage.



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