[Met Performance] CID:1350
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {2} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/14/1883.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 14, 1883


IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA {2}

Figaro..................Giuseppe Del Puente
Rosina..................Marcella Sembrich
Count Almaviva..........Roberto Stagno
Dr. Bartolo.............Baldassare Corsini
Don Basilio.............Giovanni Mirabella
Berta...................Emily Lablache
Fiorello................Ludovico Contini
Sergeant................Amadeo Grazzi

Conductor...............Auguste Vianesi

[In the Lesson Scene Sembrich sang Proch's "Deh torna mio bene," the Queen of the Night aria from Die Zauberflöte "Gli angui d'inferno," and "Someday" an English song by Wellings.]




Unsigned review in The New York Times

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE.

Rossini's always popular comic opera, "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," was given once more at the Metropolitan Opera House last evening. The audience was large, brilliant, and enthusiastic. The performance was full of buoyancy and spirit from beginning to end, and was interspersed with frequent applause. Mme. Sembrich's Rosina has been before mentioned as a bright and sparkling piece of work. Last evening she was undoubtedly in a mood of genuine hilarity, and her acting was imbued with real comedy feeling. Of her singing it is hardly necessary at this time to speak. Her work has become familiar to this public, who have learned to look upon her as an artist of remarkable ability. Last night her singing was marked by its usual brilliancy. In every aria she displayed the same fine range and quality of voice and wonderful facility of execution as have been heretofore heard. In the lesson scene she sang Proch's aria and variations, and the grand scene from "Il Flauto Magico," arousing the greatest enthusiasm. Signor Del Puente's "Figaro" was an excellent performance, sparkling with fun and filled with good vocalization. Signor Corsini as Dr. Bartolo and Signor Mirabella as Don Basilio were thoroughly amusing throughout the evening. Signor Stagno was the Almaviva, and was generally acceptable. The chorus was in good form and performed its labors creditably, while the orchestra was efficient.



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