[Met Concert/Gala] CID:33710
Grand Farewell
Sunday Night Concert
. Metropolitan Opera House: 04/24/1904.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
April 24, 1904


GRAND FAREWELL
SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERT


Oberon: Overture

Buzzi-Peccia: Gloria a te
Giuseppe Campanari

Alceste: Divinités du Styx
Aïno Ackté

La Damnation de Faust: Minuet of the Will o' the Wisps; Dance of the Sylphs

La Damnation de Faust: D'amour l'ardente flamme
Emma Calvé [Last appearance]

Robert le Diable: Nonnes qui reposez
Dinorah: En chasse
Pol Plançon

Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder: Der Engel; Träume; Schmerzen
Alois Burgstaller

Vidal: Ariette
Grieg: Jeg elsker dig
Massenet: Pensée d'automne
Aïno Ackté

Chabrier: España

Conductor...............Felix Mottl [Last appearance]


Note: Mme Calvé was also scheduled to sing the Mad Scene from Hamlet, but disagreements with the conductor led to her refusal to reappear in the second part of the concert.


Review in Chicago Tribune from New York correspondent:

Mme. Calve and Mr. Mottl finally came to the point of misunderstanding where each refused to have anything more to do with the other. Mme. Calve sang at the farewell concert in the Metropolitan in New York last Sunday night, and Mr. Mottl conducted. The aria the songstress was to give--an excerpt from Berlioz's "Damnation of Faust"--was accompanied as skillfully as her capricious tempi and Mr. Mottl's agility made possible. An encore was demanded, and the singer came forward and Mr. Mottl went to the piano. He began. So did she. The middle of the song was reached, when she suddenly stopped and ordered him to transpose the rest of the number half a tone lower. He did so, although her indulging in her favorite pastime of commenting audibly on his stupidity did not appear to pleas him particularly. And when the piece was finished the scene indulged in behind the scenes was of such intensity that Mme. Calve refused to singer her second number. Mr. Mottl went ahead with his part of the program, and when the announcement was made that the soprano would not give her other selection the public applauded heartily.



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