[Met Performance] CID:1360
Mefistofele {2} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 12/15/1883.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 15, 1883 Matinee


MEFISTOFELE {2}
Boito-Boito

Mefistofele.............Giovanni Mirabella
Faust...................Italo Campanini
Margherita..............Christine Nilsson
Elena...................Christine Nilsson
Wagner..................Amadeo Grazzi
Marta...................Zelia Trebelli
Pantalis................Zelia Trebelli
Nerčo...................Amadeo Grazzi

Conductor...............Cleofonte Campanini

Review in The New York Times

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

The Metropolitan Opera House contained yesterday afternoon one of the largest audiences of the season. The occasion was the repetition of Boito's opera "Mefistofele." The romantic beauty of the opera, and its tinge of mysticism, together with the opportunities it affords to the artists engaged in the representation for the display of graceful, impassioned action and emotional singing, combine to make it, while one of the most serious and solid, one of the most attractive works in the Italian repertory. The performance of the opera, as given at the Metropolitan, has been before described as strong and praiseworthy. Yesterday afternoon, while it naturally displayed no marked improvement in the singing of the principal artists, it showed a general rounding of the representation. Mme. Nilsson, for a considerable time, has been accepted as the best interpreter of the rôle of Margherita, as treated by Gounod. We have recently found that she is no less excellent in Boito's construction of the part. Her performance yesterday was the same as before, a poetic and beautiful piece of work. In the Greek episode she was equally successful as Helen. Mme. Trebelli repeated her artistic performance of the two roles of Marta and Pantalis. Signor Campanini was again the Faust, and it is almost superfluous to say that his work was full of romantic grace and fervor. His voice was in fine condition, and he sang with splendid power. Signor Mirabelle was generally satisfactory as Mefistofele. The performance was directed by Signor Cleofonte Campanini, who conducted with the firmness, taste, and intelligence of an experienced leader.



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