[Met Concert/Gala] CID:13000
Grand Sunday Night Concert. Metropolitan Opera House: 04/22/1894.
Metropolitan Opera House
April 22, 1894
GRAND SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERT
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude; Liebestod
Hamlet: Ô vin dissipe la tristesse
Les Huguenots: Nobles seigneurs (encore)
Garmez-Guetary: Mi Niña
Handel: L'Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato: Sweet bird
Gounod: Ave Maria (encore)
Nahan Franko, violin
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Mancinelli: Isora di Provenza: Ballet Music
Semiramide: Giorno d'orrore
Semiramide: Bel raggio
Le Prophète: Coronation March
Unsigned review in The New York Times
The Opera House Concert.
The only Sunday night concert of the Metropolitan Opera House supplementary season took place last night. The large auditorium was crowded to the doors, and those present had armed themselves with a large supply of enthusiasm. It was an
audience of most catholic taste, and showered its applause on all kinds of music from the most old-fashioned aria di bravura, to Wagner of the extreme period. Among those most familiar with musical matters, there was probably a good deal of curiosity to know how Signor Mancinelli would acquit himself as a concert conductor and as an interpreter of the later Wagner music.
It may be said, at once, that the popular musical director of the opera made a good record for himself. He conducted the overture to "Tannhäuser," and the vorspiel and liebestod from "Tristan and Isoide." without looking at the score, thereby showing that he was thoroughly acquainted with the music. His reading of the Tannhäuser " overture was excellent, but he is not yet a fully developed Wagnerian of the "Tristan" epoch. The climaxes of the "Tristan" music are not to be reached by the routine processes of hastening the time and increasing the tone. The second Hungarian rhapsody of Liszt went excellently under his direction. Some very pretty ballet music from Signor Mancinelli's opera "Isidora di Provinza" was also heard with pleasure.
The solo singers were Mme. Melba, Mme. Scalchi, Signor Vignas, and M. Martapoura. Mme. Melba sang the familiar flute-accompanied aria from Handel's "Allegro ed il Pensieroso," in which her wonderful vocal technique was heard to great advantage. For an encore number she gave Gounod's "Ave Maria." Later in the evening she sang "Bel Raggio," and was heard, also, with Mme. Scalchi, in the "Giorno d' orrore," from "Semiramide." Mme. Scalchi's solo was remarkable aria di bravura by Berton, which she supplemented with "Nobil signor" from "Les Huguenots." Signor Vignas sang two Spanish songs, and M. Martapoura, thc drinking song from "Hamlet."