[Met Performance] CID:125130
Manon {135} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/15/1939.

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Metropolitan Opera House
February 15, 1939


MANON {135}

Manon...................Bidú Sayao
Des Grieux..............Jan Kiepura
Lescaut.................Richard Bonelli
Count des Grieux........Léon Rothier
Guillot.................Alessio De Paolis
Brétigny................George Cehanovsky
Poussette...............Natalie Bodanya
Javotte.................Maxine Stellman
Rosette.................Irra Petina
Innkeeper...............Louis D'Angelo
Guard...................Max Altglass
Guard...................Arnold Gabor
Maid....................Gina Gola

Conductor...............Wilfred Pelletier

.Review signed "N" in Musical America

Rothier Returns to Sing in "Manon"

The performance of "Manon" on the evening of Feb. 15 brought back to the stage Leon Rothier who appeared in the rôle of the elder des Grieux. Jan Kiepura sang des Grieux here for the first time and in French for the first time anywhere. Richard Bonelli, recovered from his recent indisposition, was the Lescaut and Bidu Sayao appeared in the title-role. Mr. Rothier was greeted with hearty applause after his part in the St. Sulpice scene. Mr. Kiepura's des Grieux displayed all the qualities of intelligence and careful planning that characterized his work last season and happily, fewer of the tendencies towards exaggeration. In both the "Reve" and the extremely difficult "Ah! Fuyez!" he sang exceedingly well. Mr. Bonelli's Lescaut was capably sung and well acted. The minor roles were filled by Mmes. Stellman, Petina and Cola and Messrs. De Paolis, Cchanovsky, D'Angelo, Altglass and Gabor. Wilfred Pelletier conducted.



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