[Met Performance] CID:1930
Faust {13} Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio: 02/11/1884.


Cincinnati, Ohio
Music Hall
February 11, 1884
In Italian


FAUST {13}

Faust...................Italo Campanini
Marguerite..............Christine Nilsson
Méphistophélès..........Franco Novara
Valentin................Giuseppe Del Puente
Siebel..................Sofia Scalchi
Marthe..................Emily Lablache
Wagner..................Ludovico Contini

Conductor...............Auguste Vianesi

[The program lists Mlle. Louise Lablache as Marthe, but newspaper reports suggest that her daughter Mme. Emily Lablache sang the role.]

Review in The New York Times:

"There was much curiosity tonight, on account of the flood, as to what sort of audience would gather in Music Hall at the [first] performance of the opera festival. The tide of travel in the direction by street car was less than usual, and the number of carriages arriving seemed smaller than on previous festival occasions. Still the people were evidently assembling in respectable numbers, and when the curtain went up there was general surprise to see that the hall was something over half full. The audience must have numbered 2,000. There were some strangers present, who came into the city early in the day on trains that ran through long stretches of water, and who heartily wished they had not ventured from home. The opera presented was "Faust," with Nilsson as Marguerite. The audience was in good humor and the performance passed off pleasantly. On Change today and on the streets there was sharp criticism of the Festival managers for not abandoning the enterprise at such a time. Men were heard to say that to try to carry the Festival through at such a time as this is in very bad taste."



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