[Met Performance] CID:116410
Roméo et Juliette {173} Matinee Broadcast ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 01/26/1935., Broadcast

(Broadcast
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 26, 1935 Matinee Broadcast


ROMÉO ET JULIETTE {173}
Gounod-Barbier/Carré

Roméo...................Charles Hackett
Juliette................Eidé Norena
Frère Laurent...........Léon Rothier
Stéphano................Gladys Swarthout
Mercutio................Giuseppe De Luca
Benvolio................Max Altglass
Gertrude................Henriette Wakefield
Capulet.................Louis D'Angelo
Tybalt..................Angelo Badà
Pâris...................Millo Picco
Grégorio................Paolo Ananian
Duke of Verona..........Arthur Anderson

Conductor...............Louis Hasselmans

Director................Désiré Defrère
Set designer............Joseph Urban
Costume designer........Gretel Urban
Choreographer...........Rosina Galli

Roméo et Juliette received one performance this season.

Review signed D. in Musical America

Hackett Returns as Romeo

Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" was given for the first time this season with Charles Hackett making his re-entry as the son of the Montagues, and Eide Norena singing Juliette, at the matinee on Jan. 26. Gladys Swarthout was Stephano; Henriette Wakefield, the nurse; Giuseppe De Luca, Mercutio and Leon Rothier, Frere Laurent. The lesser roles were handled by Messrs. Bada, Altglass, Picco, Ananian, D'Angelo and Anderson. Louis Hasselmans conducted.

Mr. Hackett's Romeo has always been distinguished for delicacy of style as well as fine vocalization. His excellent French also added much. "O, lève-toi" was a beautiful piece of singing. Miss Norena's Juliette was brilliant vocally and in the more tragic scenes had considerable power. The duets in the Garden Scene were especially well done. Miss Swarthout's page was lifted by her artistry out of the banal condition in which French tradition placed it. Mr. De Luca made much of the ungrateful Queen Mab scene.



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