[Met Concert/Gala] CID:20740
Seventeenth Grand Sunday Night Concert. Metropolitan Opera House: 03/26/1899.
Metropolitan Opera House
March 26, 1899
SEVENTEENTH GRAND SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERT
Le Nozze di Figaro: Non più andrai
La Favorita: Spirto Gentil [repeated as encore]
Pacini: Saffo: Aria
Bemberg: Song [encore]
Gialdino Gialdini: Preghiera della Sera [First time & repeated]
Schumann: Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden
Schubert: Der Wanderer
Anton Van Rooy
I Puritani: Qui la voce
Enrico Bevignani: Tarantella for the Voice [encore]
Reinhold Becker: Frühlingszeit [encore]
Wilhelm Stengel, Piano [in the Becker]
William Tell: Overture
Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Voci di primavera
La Sonnambula: Ah! Non credea, mirarti [encore]
Chopin: Song [encore, sung in Polish to her own accompaniment]
Don Giovanni: Il mio tesoro
Tannhäuser: Blick' ich umher
Anton Van Rooy
Gounod: La Reine de Saba: March
Piano...................E. Romayne Simmons
Prof. Wilhelm Stengel was Marcella Sembrich's husband.
Review (unsigned) in the New York Sun
LAST SUNDAY CONCERT
The New York Public Says Farewell to Mme. Sembrich and Other Artists
Mme. Sembrich devoted herself chiefly to singing about the springtime at the last regular Sunday concert at the Metropolitan. The audience packed the theatre and the enthusiasm was of the hysterical farewell character. Mme. Sembrich was, of course, the especial object of these demonstrations. She sang for the first time this year the grand aria from "I Puritani." She gave, after that, Signor Bevignani's tarantella and Becker's "Spring Song." After that came Strauss's "Voice of Spring" and the most popular encores which Mme. Sembrich has given during the present season. Her farewell from the audience was most cordial. Few singers have gained such a public in one season. Mme. Sembrich might have been a favorite of several years here to judge by the warmth of the audience.
M. Salignac sang "Sprito Gentil" generally out of tune. Mme. Mantelli was heard to much better advantage in a song by Bemberg than in a long aria by Paccini, although she sang parts of that admirably. M. Van Rooy delighted the audience with beautifully rendered songs by Schubert and Schumann and an excerpt from the second act of "Tannhäuser." David Bispham was heard in two old English songs and a unique performance of "Non Piu Andrai" from "Le Nozze di Figaro." M. Salignac was heard to much better advantage in "Il Mio Tesoro" from "Don Giovanni."
Signor Bevignani conducted the orchestra, and added a novelty to the programme, for which he was rewarded with a demand for an encore. It was a melodious "Evening Prayer" by Gialdini. Other numbers were the overtures to "Rienzi" and "William Tell" and the march from Gounod's "Queen of Sheba."