[Met Performance] CID:12050
Carmen {27} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/22/1894.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 22, 1894


CARMEN {27}

Carmen..................Emma Calvé
Don José................Jean de Reszke
Micaela.................Emma Eames
Escamillo...............Jean Lassalle
Frasquita...............Mathilde Bauermeister
Mercédès................Anita Ibles
Remendado...............Antonio Rinaldini
Dancaïre................Agostino Carbone
Zuniga..................Lodovico Viviani
Moralès.................Victor De Gromzeski
Dance...................Miss Santori

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

Director................Armand Castelmary

Unsigned review in The New York Times


"Carmen " is Still Popular.

It is a pity that the gifted Frenchman Georges Bizet, could not have lived to see the world-wide popularity of his masterpiece, "Carmen." Perhaps such success would have inspired him to write another work of similar excellence. "Carmen" is loved and admired all the world over. Even the Germans, who cannot perform it with the requisite abandon, take delight in it, despite the fact that it is one of the glories of the French stage. But there is no Chauvinism in the way of the German's love for true art. Here in America, where, if anywhere, taste should be cosmopolitan, "Carmen" has always been popular since it was first made known to us. But not since the first revelation of Minnie Hauk in the title rôle, with the glorious Don Jose of Campanini to support her, has the work ever taken such a strong hold of public affection as in the current season of grand opera at the Metropolitan Opera House.

The reasons of the present interest in the work have already been stated in these columns. Last night all the members of the cast - Mme. Calvé, Mme. Eames, M. Jean de Reszke, Lassalle, Signor Carbone, and the others - were well and in good voice. The result was that the performance was similar to those already described here. The audience was an interesting sight. There was not a vacant seat anywhere in the house; in fact, none have been for sale since last Wednesday. And it was difficult to find a square foot of standing room. The performance was followed with the closest interest; applause was frequent and hearty, and the recalls at the ends of the acts were numerous.



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