[Met Performance] CID:11740
Pagliacci {3}
Cavalleria Rusticana {13}
Metropolitan Opera House: 12/22/1893.

(First performance together at Met
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 22, 1893


PAGLIACCI {3}

Nedda...................Nellie Melba
Canio...................Fernando De Lucia
Tonio...................Mario Ancona
Silvio..................Victor De Gromzeski
Beppe...................Pedro Guetary

Conductor...............Luigi Mancinelli

Mario Ancona repeated the prologue


CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA {13}

Santuzza................Emma Calvé
Turiddu.................Francesco Vignas
Lola....................Olimpia Guercia
Alfio...................Jean Martapoura
Mamma Lucia.............Mathilde Bauermeister

Conductor...............Enrico Bevignani

[This was the first performance at the Metropolitan Opera of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci on the same bill.]

Unsigned review in The New York Times

TWO SHORT OPERAS SUNG
"Pagliacci" and "Cavalleria Rusticana" Delight a Large Audience

The Metropolitan Opera House was crowded against last night when what is known as a "double bill " was given. The two operas presented were Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci " and Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana." The cast in the first was the same as it was at the first performance. That of the second opera was also the same as at the first performance, except that Signor Martapoura replaced M. Dufriche as Alfio.

Mme. Melba was in poor voice, the result of her recent indisposition. An apology was made to the audience in her behalf at the end of the first act. In view of this, it would be unfair to make any comment on her performance. Signor de Lucia is at his best in the role of Canio. He acts it with a fine intelligence and with a wonderful variety of expression. His singing, too, while not free from vocal faults, is of a strong dramatic character. He aroused a great deal of enthusiasm last night. Signor Ancona repeated his good performance of Tonio and had to repeat the prologue as usual.

In "Cavalleria Rusticana" Mme. Calvé's strong impersonation of Santuzza was again the most interesting feature. Signor Vignas was the Turiddu, Signor Martapoura the Alflo, Mlle. Guercia the Lola, and Mlle. Bauermeister the Lucia. Signor Mancinelli conducted "Pagliacci " and Signor Bevignani directed" Cavalleria." The effect of bringing the two operas together in one night was good.



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