[Met Performance] CID:22950
Don Giovanni {52} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/27/1899.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 27, 1899


DON GIOVANNI {52}
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart--Lorenzo Da Ponte

Don Giovanni............Antonio Scotti
Donna Anna..............Lillian Nordica
Don Ottavio.............Thomas Salignac
Donna Elvira............Suzanne Adams
Leporello...............Edouard de Reszke
Zerlina.................Marcella Sembrich
Masetto.................Antonio Pini-Corsi
Commendatore............Herman Devries

Conductor...............Luigi Mancinelli


From the review of W. J. Henderson in The New York Times:

This gentleman, who made his first appearance here as Don Giovanni, was immediately successful. He is a good-looking man, graceful and dignified in bearing and elegant in manner. His voice is fresh, mellow, well schooled and well managed. It has plenty of volume, but was not at any time last night forced. Possibly the quality of the voice is not of the richest, but it was a pleasure to hear such a fresh, unworn organ used with so much freedom. Furthermore, in his treatment of the recitative Signor Scotti showed understanding and at times finesse. He sang the "Champagne Song"...with fine dash and vigor, and won two hearty recalls thereby. The details of his work as Don Giovanni will bear further discussion, but it may be said now that his conception of the part was according to the traditions, and was generally well carried out.


From the review of Henry Krehbiel in the New York Tribune:

It was speedily made plain that in Signor Scotti there had been an important acquisition made to the Metropolitan forces. He possesses a beautiful baritone voice, fine and smooth in quality, fluent in execution and managed with admirable skill in most of the matters that pertain to the technical side of the vocal art. But, still further, he is an artist in the highest sense....He sings with intelligence and discrimination, and with the accent of dramatic truthfulness....he showed himself practical in stagecraft, with the added advantage...contributed by a pleasing presence, and his impersonation of Mozart's graceless hero was marked by courtly grace and cynical insolence. His performance, in a word, ...created a distinctly favorable impression, and aroused agreeable anticipations as to his future appearances.

Photograph of Antonio Scotti as Don Giovanni by Aimé Dupont.



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