[Met Performance] CID:24160
Carmen {137} Metropolitan Opera House: 04/6/1900.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
April 6, 1900


CARMEN {137}

Carmen..................Emma Calvé
Don José................Jacques Bars
Micaela.................Suzanne Adams
Escamillo...............Antonio Scotti
Frasquita...............Mathilde Bauermeister
Mercédès................Marie Van Cauteren
Remendado...............Auguste Queyla
Dancaïre................Eugène Dufriche
Zuniga..................Herman Devries [Last performance]
Moralès.................Theodore Meux

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

Director................Pierre Baudu

Review (unsigned) in The New York Times

'Carmen' at the Opera

"Carmen," a grand opera in four acts, by Georgès Bizet, was performed at the Metropolitan Opera House last night. It is well occasionally to make a note that this opera was composed by Bizet, lest some persons fall into the supposition that it was written by Mme. Calvé. Last night's performance was given under some difficulty. M. Salignac was to have sung the role of Don José, but he was unfortunately indisposed, and only one other member of the company was available to fill his place. This was M. Jacques Bars. He consented to sing the part at extremely short notice for the first time in his life and without rehearsal. In the circumstances no comment can be made on his performance except to say he was courageous and prevented a change of opera.

Mme. Calvé was, of course, Carmen and further criticism of her interpretation of this role is quite unnecessary, especially at this late date in the season. The other principal persons in the cast were Miss Adams as Micaela, and Signor Scotti as Escamillo. Considering the circumstances the performance was in general acceptable. Signor Mancinelli conducted.



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