[Met Performance] CID:118470
Lakmé {33} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/24/1936.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 24, 1936


LAKMÉ {33}

Lakmé...................Lily Pons
Gérald..................Giovanni Martinelli
Mallika.................Irra Petina
Frédéric................George Cehanovsky
Nilakantha..............Léon Rothier
Hadji...................Giordano Paltrinieri
Ellen...................Helen Gleason
Rose....................Dorothea Flexer
Mrs. Bentson............Thelma Votipka
Fortuneteller...........Max Altglass
Merchant................Angelo Badà
Thief...................Hubert Raidich
Dance...................Kathryn Mullowny
Dance...................Betty Eisner
Dance...................Nora Kaye
Dance...................Yvonne Patterson
Dance...................Mary Sale [Last performance]
Dance...................Elise Reiman
Dance...................Holly Howard
Dance...................Lew Christensen
Dance...................Douglas Coudy
Dance...................Charles Laskey

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

Review of Marcia Davenport in Stage

The reappearances of the favorites in the great roles were eagerly anticipated and rapturously received. Much impetus was lent to Lily Pons's return in "Lakmé" because, since she last sang it at the Metropolitan, millions of people have made its acquaintance in that peculiar hodgepodge of Hollywood art, "I Dream Too Much." Mademoiselle Pons promptly won admiring approval for herself from the severest critics of Metropolitan standards, Hollywood being in abeyance; for to everyone's pleased surprise she showed striking improvement over her singing of the past couple of years. Though her middle register is still so tiny as hardly to be heard in piano passages, the fireworks for which she is famous were not only intact, but were enhanced by particular care as to pitch, phrasing, and neatness, in which matters she has not always been up to her present standard. There is still no coloratura in the world - and we venture there will never be - who can make one's hair curl as the historical divas used to do, and meantime the whole dazzling burden rests on the tiny shoulders of Lily Pons.



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