[Met Performance] CID:17800
Carmen {91} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 12/19/1896.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 19, 1896 Matinee


CARMEN {91}

Carmen..................Emma Calvé
Don José................Thomas Salignac
Micaela.................Sophie Traubmann
Escamillo...............Jean Lassalle
Frasquita...............Mathilde Bauermeister
Mercédès................Marie Van Cauteren
Remendado...............Igenio Corsi
Dancaïre................Armand Castelmary
Zuniga..................Maurice Devries
Moralès.................Jacques Bars
Dance...................Martha Irmler

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

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

Review (unsigned) in The New York Times

At the opera yesterday afternoon audience which quite filled the house heard the second performance of "Carmen" this season. It was an admirable performance in some respects, but in others it was not so excellent. Its chief attraction was, of course, the impersonation of the principal role by Mme. Calvé. It is impossible to say anything new about this interpretation. Mme, Calvé varies her details, but she does not vary her conception of the part. She is always the same person, but that person's moods vary. Yesterday she was a very piquant Carmen, but not quite so intense as usual in the tragic scenes. M. Salignac, who was the Don José, deserves commendation for the intense earnestness of his work, He displays a strong temperament, but, unfortunately, he is physically and vocally too small to be a suitable companion to Mme. Calvé. Mme. Sophie Traubmann took Miss Engle's place as Micaela, and by force of a single high note won an encore for her solo in the third act. M. Lassalle was again the Escamillo, and the other members of the cast were the same as before.



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