[Met Performance] CID:15030
Les Huguenots {47} Metropolitan Opera House: 04/16/1895.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
April 16, 1895
In Italian


LES HUGUENOTS {47}

Marguerite de Valois....Nellie Melba
Raoul de Nangis.........Jean de Reszke
Valentine...............Lillian Nordica
Count de Nevers.........Mario Ancona
Urbain..................Sofia Scalchi
Count de Saint Bris.....Pol Plançon
Marcel..................Edouard de Reszke
Tavannes................Antonio Rinaldini
Cossé...................Roberto Vanni
Retz....................Lodovico Viviani
Lady of Honor...........Mathilde Bauermeister
Bois-Rosé...............Roberto Vanni
Maurevert...............Antonio De Vaschetti
Dance...................Maria Giuri

Conductor...............Enrico Bevignani


Review from the New York Times:

A performance of "Les Huguenots," such as that given at the Metropolitan Opera House last night, offers considerable food for thought. It is undeniable that it is regarded as a rare and radiant attraction by a large part of the public. Last night the house was crowded, and it was pervaded by an air of expectancy. The most casual observer, however, could not fail to note evidence that a large part of those present had been attracted by the unusual combination of star singers, and not by the music of Meyerbeer. These persons used their libretti and their programmes to identify the artists, with whose appearance they were unacquainted. Having learned which was Jean de Reszke, which Edouard, which Plançon, and which Melba, they gave themselves up to sensuous enjoyment of beautiful tones beautifully delivered. This does not bespeak a high state of musical intelligence. But one cannot forget that only a few days ago the same auditorium was packed by an equally enthusiastic audience, which was wholly absorbed in contemplation of music drama of the most serious kind-and which heard very few beautiful tones beautifully delivered. The significance of these matters seems to be that this is a large town, and that there are a good many different kinds of people in it. Perhaps Messrs. Abbey and Grau will take the hint and widen the limits of their répertoire next season.

Those of the audience who were regular patrons of the house made the evening an occasion of warm welcome to the favorite singers. When the seven leading singers appeared at the close of the second act to acknowledge the applause they were laden with flowers, even Mlle. Bauermeister getting a handsome bouquet, while the De Reszkes received handsome silver wreaths mounted on velvet.

The performance, it is hardly necessary to say, was admirable so far as the singing of the principals went. M. Jean de Reszke, M. Edouard de Reszke, Signor Ancona, and M. Plançon, Mme. Melba and Mme. Nordica, were all in good voice, and again and again excited the audience to high enthusiasm. The chorus sang badly nearly all the time, and Signor Bevignani's conducting left much to be desired.



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