[Met Performance] CID:14680
Otello {14} Matinee ed. The Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois: 03/16/1895.

(Review)


Chicago, Illinois
The Auditorium
March 16, 1895 Matinee


OTELLO {14}
Giuseppe Verdi--Arrigo Boito

Otello..................Francesco Tamagno
Desdemona...............Emma Eames
Iago....................Victor Maurel
Emilia..................Eugenia Mantelli
Cassio..................Georges Mauguičre
Lodovico................Alfonso Mariani
Herald..................Lodovico Viviani
Montāno.................Antonio De Vaschetti
Roderigo................Antonio Rinaldini
Herald..................Lodovico Viviani

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

Review of Willa Cather in the Journal

Anyone who is at all prejudiced against Mme. Emma Eames, and anyone partial to the fervid school of acting is very likely to be so prejudiced, should, out of a mere spirit of fairness, see her in "Otello." Eames is a cold woman, and a cold singer, and all the world knows it, but in "Otello" she is at least not frozen. She is a very lovable if not a loving Desdemona. As Brabantio said of her:

A maiden never bold,
Of spirit so still and quiet that her motion
Blushed at itself ["correctly": herself].

There is no need for Desdemona to have especial fad. Eames made her a lady and a gentlewoman of the purest blood in Venice. The singer seems to know her limitations. She did not try to take the initiative in the love making, but she made an admirable record. Physically and mentally she prostrated herself utterly to the fiery passion of Sig. Tamagno. Her very body was pliant and followed the outline of his. Her attitude was altogether the clinging one, but it was beautifully and nobly done. She was exactly the gentle sort of woman that a fierce barbarian from the south would have loved.



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