[Met Performance] CID:36110
Lucia di Lammermoor {62} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/2/1905.

(Debut: Gustavo Bell-Resky
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 2, 1905


LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR {62}
Donizetti-Cammarano

Lucia...................Marcella Sembrich
Edgardo.................Andreas Dippel
Enrico..................Gustavo Bell-Resky [Debut and only performance] *
Raimondo................Marcel Journet
Normanno................Giovanni Paroli
Alisa...................Mathilde Bauermeister
Arturo..................Jacques Bars

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

Director................Eugène Dufriche

Lucia di Lammermoor received six performances this season.

[*Note: This singer was also known as Gustavo Berl-Resky or Bernal-Resky.]


Review in the New York Times:

At the Opera Yesterday

Another 'first performance' was given at a Saturday popular night  at the Opera yesterday, being Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor.' This has of recent years been made attractive by the participation of both Mme. Sembrich and Mr. Caruso in it. Last evening Mme. Sembrich had the honors of the 'star' to bear alone, the tenor part being given to the versatile Mr. Dippel. Mme Sembrich sang beautifully, brilliantly; and in the celebrated contest with the flute in her 'mad scene' she ravished the ears of her listeners withthe perfection of her fioritura.

A new member of the company, Mr. Bell-Resky, made his appearance in this performance as Lord Enrico Ashton. He showed a certain experience with the stage requirements of the part, though he is by no means a convincing actor, and he has an imposing and agreeable figure. But as a singer, so far as he showed last night, he is not likely to affect the destinies of the opera company greatly.

His voice is lacking in both volume and quality, and it is produced in a constrained and throaty manner. Fortunately there was the fine resonance of Mr. Journet's voice to uphold the standard of the men's singing, and there was the zealous and intelligent performance of Mr. Dippel. There was an audience of fair size, enthusiastic over Mme. Sembrich and the sextet.



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