[Met Concert/Gala] CID:20740
Seventeenth Grand Sunday Night Concert. Metropolitan Opera House: 03/26/1899.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 26, 1899


SEVENTEENTH GRAND SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERT

Rienzi: Overture

Le Nozze di Figaro: Non più andrai
David Bispham

La Favorita: Spirto Gentil [repeated as encore]
Thomas Salignac

Pacini: Saffo: Aria
Bemberg: Song [encore]
Eugenia Mantelli

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]
Marcella Sembrich

William Tell: Overture

Traditional:
Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
Young Richard
David Bispham

Johann Strauss, Jr.: Voci di primavera
La Sonnambula: Ah! Non credea, mirarti [encore]
Chopin: Song [encore, sung in Polish to her own accompaniment]
Marcella Sembrich

Don Giovanni: Il mio tesoro
Thomas Salignac

Tannhäuser: Blick' ich umher
Anton Van Rooy

Gounod: La Reine de Saba: March

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



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