[Met Performance] CID:13980
Guillaume Tell [William Tell] {14} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/18/1895.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 18, 1895
In Italian


GUILLAUME TELL [WILLIAM TELL] {14}

Guillaume Tell............Mario Ancona
Mathilde................Lucille Hill
Arnold..................Francesco Tamagno
Walter..................Edouard de Reszke
Gesler..................Pol Planšon
Melcthal................Abram Abramoff
Hedwige.................Miss Ryan [Last performance]
Jemmy...................Mathilde Bauermeister
Fisherman...............Roberto Vanni
Leuthold................Antonio De Vaschetti
Rodolphe................Antonio Rinaldini
Dance...................Maria Giuri

Conductor...............Luigi Mancinelli


Unsigned review in the New York Times:

"William Tell" Performed Excellently Instead "L'Africaine."

It was the intention of Messrs. Abbey, Schoeffel & Grau to give Meyerbeer's "L'Africalne" at the Metropolitan Opera House last night, but Mme. Nordica having succumbed to the prevailing grip, it became necessary to substitute "William Tell." No doubt the change in the programme had a dispiriting effect on the public, for the audience was not as large as it would have been had the original announcement been carried out. The performance was, on the whole, a good one, and, strangely enough, the cast was that which was to have been offered at the first performance of "William Tell" when Mme. Libia Drog made her unfortunate debut.

Miss Lucile Hill has been heard before as Mathilde at one of the Saturday night performances. Last night was her first appearance on a subscription night. She was received with that generous favor which a New-York audience always accords a newcomer. It seems to mean so much, and it really means so little. Miss Hill has a pretty voice of small volume. She sings smoothly, but wholly without warmth, or even style. Her "Silva opaca" last night was worthy of a young woman in the advanced class of a conservatory.

Signor Tamagno was in fine voice last night. He distinguished himself by singing badly in the duet with Mathilde and then electrifying the house with his superb upper notes in the trio. Signor Ancona was again a conventional William Tell, and Edouard de Reszke and M. Plannon lent the aid of their fine voices and styles in the roles of Gualtiero and Gessler. Mlle. Bauermeister, conscientious and trustworthy little artist that she is, did her work well as Jemmy. The chorus sang respectably, and Signor Mancinelli conducted.



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