[Met Performance] CID:23070
Mignon {22} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/6/1900.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 6, 1900


MIGNON {22}

Mignon..................Zélie de Lussan
Wilhelm Meister.........Thomas Salignac
Philine.................Suzanne Adams
Lothario................Pol Plançon
Frédéric................Rosa Olitzka
Laërte..................Auguste Queyla
Jarno...................Eugène Dufriche
Antonio.................Theodore Meux

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

Unsigned review in the Brooklyn Eagle

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

"Mignon" was sung at the Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday evening. The performance was the third in the series of popular productions which Mr. Grau is giving for the benefit of those who cannot afford to pay regular prices for seats. The cast was in no way remarkable, but it contained singers of recognized skill, and if the title role was not as well interpreted as the audience had reason to expect from the reputation of the interpreter, this was due to the fact that Mlle. De Lussan was so ill that a substitute stood in the wings throughout the evening ready to take her place at a moment's notice. In spite of the handicap Mlle. De Lussan sang with considerable grace and finish and utilized the not too frequent dramatic possibilities of her part with a skill which was far from being seriously impaired by her physical condition. Her Mignon will never be classed as a remarkable effort, but then the days of remarkable Mignons passed away with Christine Nilsson. Suzanne Adams sang Philine, a role which is not altogether congenial to this still undeveloped artist, and in which she would have suffered by a comparison with Nordica had the memory of the latter's appearance in the character been sufficiently fresh in the minds of the audience. In the boudoir scene with Frederic, Mme. Adams was especially effective, both musically and dramatically. Mlle. Olitzka made a graceful Frederic and sang occasionally with fine effect, but her performance as a whole was far from satisfying. Plançon's fine voice and dramatic capabilities made all that was possible out of Lothario while Salignac as Wilhelm Meister gave a correct and at times forceful interpretation. The other members of the cast were MM. Dufriche, Quayle and Meux, who appeared as Jarno, Laerte and Antonio, respectively. The orchestra was conducted excellently by Bevignani. The stage setting was as elaborate as the opera demands.



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