[Met Performance] CID:34380
Il Barbiere di Siviglia Act II {59}
Pagliacci {43}
Metropolitan Opera House: 12/26/1904.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 26, 1904


IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA Act II {59}

Figaro..................Eugenio Giraldoni
Rosina..................Marcella Sembrich
Count Almaviva..........Andreas Dippel
Dr. Bartolo.............Arcangelo Rossi
Don Basilio.............Marcel Journet
Berta...................Mathilde Bauermeister
Fiorello................Not performed
Sergeant................Mario Gili

Conductor...............Arturo Vigna

[Act I of Il Barbiere di Siviglia was not performed. In the Lesson Scene Sembrich sang "Voci di primavera" by Strauss, "Ah non giunge" from La Sonnambula, and a Mazurka by Chopin, the latter with her own piano accompaniment.]


PAGLIACCI {43}
Leoncavallo-Leoncavallo

Nedda...................Bella Alten
Canio...................Enrico Caruso
Tonio...................Antonio Scotti
Silvio..................Taurino Parvis
Beppe...................Albert Reiss
Director................Eugène Dufriche

Conductor...............Arturo Vigna

Enrico Caruso repeated "Vesti la giubba"

Pagliacci received ten performances this season.

Unsigned review in The New York Times

An audience that occupied every seat and filled all of the standing room in the Opera House last night was attracted there by a double offering, "The Barber of Seville" and "Pagliacci," and it was amply rewarded for braving the weather. "The Barber" was a repetition, but, if it offered nothing of novelty, it charmed in the old, familiar way by a most excellent performance: spirited, humorous and tuneful. Mme. Sembrich, of course, was the Rosina.. She was in splendid voice and aroused her audience into enthusiastic demands for more music lessons, singing first the Strauss waltz "Primavera," followed by "Ah non giunge" and the Chopin mazurka, the latter, as usual, to her own accompaniment on the piano.

Mr. Dippel, as the Count, gave a thoroughly good performance, as indeed did all the principals and the chorus. Mr. Giraldoni was the Figaro, quieter and more reserved than Campanari, but gratifying vocally. The others in the cast were Miss Bauermeister and Messrs Journet, Rossi, Giordani and Bégué. The first act was omitted as before.

"Pagliacci" was a first performance. It served as a medium for the debut of Miss Bella Alten as Nedda and the reappearance of Messrs Scotti and Caruso as Tonio and Canio, parts in which they have both made successes. Mr. Scotti's singing of the prologue aroused storms of applause which stopped the progress of the opera until he had appeared several times before the curtain. Mr. Caruso likewise was welcomed with great enthusiasm and was forced, as usual, to repeat the last scene of the first act. Both were in good voice.

Miss Alten disclosed a pleasing Nedda. Nervousness may have been responsible for some slight harshness at times which, however, did not materially mar a very satisfactory performance. Her acting was animated and marked by sincerity and intelligence. The chorus sang well and in tune. Mr. Vigna conducted.



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