[Met Performance] CID:122740
Lucia di Lammermoor {182} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/28/1938.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 28, 1938


LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR {182}
Donizetti-Cammarano

Lucia...................Lily Pons
Edgardo.................Frederick Jagel
Enrico..................Richard Bonelli
Raimondo................Ezio Pinza
Normanno................Angelo Badà
Alisa...................Thelma Votipka
Arturo..................Nicholas Massue

Conductor...............Gennaro Papi

Director................Désiré Defrère
Set designer............James Fox
Costume designer........Mathilde Castel-Bert
Choreographer...........George Balanchine

Lucia di Lammermoor received two performances this season.

Review signed E. D. in the Post

LILY PONS SINGS IN ROUTINE "LUCIA"

At the Metropolitan Opera House last night Lily Pons resumed her familiar role of Lucia in Donizetti's time honored "Lucia di Lammermoor." For New Yorkers, the mere name of Donizetti's masterpiece has a glamorous ring to it, which comes of a long list of gratefully remembered, exciting performances of the work at our own "Met."

Such glamour as attached to last night's performance, however, was reflected from a distant place called Hollywood.

In the standing room, where they were packed three deep, there must have been many who had seen our starry Lily on the screen and decided to hear her at least once from the hallowed stage of the Metropolitan. This is of inestimable financial advantage to the Opera House, but it also confers a certain moral responsibility. To have such people greeted by the uninspired routine of a performance like yesterday's, with its shabby scenery, "operatic" acting, inept stage direction and largely indifferent singing, is a questionable service to the popularization of opera in this country.

There was, of course, Miss Pons in a variety of fetching costumes, doing the kind of singing that has made her famous and, alas, some rather wooden acting. There was also Mr. Pinza, whose vice is an addition to any cast, as Raimondo, Thelma Votipka, Frederick Jagel, Richard Bonelli, Nicholas Massue and Angelo Bada. Mr. Papi, the conductor, could not seem to get very excited about "Lucia." And from the mildness of the applause, we judge the audience couldn't either.



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