[Met Performance] CID:11100
Faust {47} Metropolitan Opera House: 03/28/1892.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 28, 1892
In Italian


FAUST {47}

Faust...................Jean de Reszke
Marguerite..............Emma Eames
Méphistophélès..........Edouard de Reszke
Valentin................Jean Martapoura
Siebel..................Jane De Vigne
Marthe..................Mathilde Bauermeister
Wagner..................Antonio De Vaschetti

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

Edouard de Reszke repeated "Le veau d'or"

Unsigned review in The New York Times

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE.

The supplementary season of two weeks of grand opera in Italian and French. under the management of Abbey & Grau, began at the Metropolitan Opera House last night The opera was "Faust," which has been the chief attraction of the operatic season this year. The success of this lovely work must be a source of delight to all serious lovers of music. "Faust" is unquestionably a thing of beauty and it ought to be a joy forever. The work is the culmination of 250 years of development along line of truthful dramatic music. There is no French grand opera which equals it in beauty and power, and that is saying a great deal.

The performance last night was one of the most enjoyable of the current musical season, although the so-called "ideal" cast was not in it. M. Martapoura sang Valentino instead of M. Lassalle, and Mlle. Vigne was the Siebel instead of Mme. Scalchi. The remainder of the cast, however, was the same as it has been at all the performances of the season. It is unnecessary at this late day to make any extended comment on the Mephistopheles of Edouard do Reszke. It is one of the most powerful performances ever seen on any operatic, stage and is undoubtedly the most superb interpretation of this particular part ever witnessed in America. The great basso was in fine voice last night and acquitted himself in his customary style. His "Power of Gold" was redemanded as usual.

M. Jean de Reszke repeated his excellent performance of Faust, and his singing aroused great enthusiasm. The Margherita of Mme. Emma Eames was charming, as it has always been. The chorus was in good form and the orchestra acquitted itself very well. Signor Vianesi conducted. Tomorrow evening Mme. Patti will appear as Violetta in "La Traviata."



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