[Met Performance] CID:13552
Mignon {16} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/10/1894.

(Debut: Mira Heller, Ottavio Nouvelli
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 10, 1894
In Italian?


MIGNON {16}
Am. Thomas-Carré/Barbier

Mignon..................Mira Heller [Debut]
Wilhelm Meister.........Ottavio Nouvelli [Debut and Only performance]
Philine.................Lillian Nordica
Lothario................Pol Plançon
Frédéric................Sofia Scalchi
Laërte..................Agostino Carbone
Jarno...................Antonio De Vaschetti
Antonio.................Lodovico Viviani
Dance...................Maria Giuri

Conductor...............Anton Seidl

Director................William Parry

Translation by unknown

Mignon received one performance this season.

Review (from the December 16, 1894 weekly retrospective) of W. J. Henderson

At the Opera House the week opened unhappily. To be sure it was pleasant to discern the elements of promise in a young and hitherto unknown soprano. She has a good deal to learn yet from experience. But with so substantial a voice she ought to be able to make a credible career. On Monday night she was suffering from a most painful consciousness of her own identity. She tried very hard to be Mignon, but she could not help remembering that she was Mira Heller making her debut before an American audience. When she is able to rid herself of that appalling self-consciousness, she will probably do herself justice.

Mme. Nordica's Filene has been very injudiciously praised. It was a decidedly infirm piece of work, and the soprano, in justice to herself, ought to let coloratura parts alone in the future. Mme. Nordica's voice is a good one, but it has never flowed freely. She needs plenty of time and thought for her phrasing, and is in constant danger of falling down when trying skate over the thin ice of scales and staccato.



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