[Met Performance] CID:42210
La Traviata {68} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/2/1908.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 2, 1908


LA TRAVIATA {68}
Giuseppe Verdi--Francesco Maria Piave

Violetta................Marcella Sembrich
Alfredo.................Alessandro Bonci
Germont.................Pasquale Amato
Flora...................Isabelle L'Huillier
Gastone.................Angelo Badà
Baron Douphol...........Concetto Paterna
Marquis D'Obigny........Bernard Bégué
Dr. Grenvil.............Paolo Ananian
Annina..................Emma Borniggia
Dance...................Gina Torriani

Conductor...............Francesco Spetrino

Unsigned review in the Telegraph

SEMBRICH AND BONCI SING IN 'TRAVIATA'

Soprano's Rendition of the "Monologue" Is the Most Masterly Effort of the Performance

With Madame Sembrich in excellent voice and M. Bonci in equally excellent voice, set off with a light strawberry colored suit, last night's performance of "Traviata" at the Metropolitan Opera House could not fail to inspire into that operatic inadvertence of Verdi's as much life as it is capable of receiving.

Madame Sembrich's profoundly beautiful rendering of what we may call the monologue over Alfredo's letter in the final act, the greater part of which is written for the medium, and therefore the most treacherous and most untrustworthy part of the soprano voice, was a piece of singing to which it is justifiable to apply the word masterly. One was forced to conclude after the brilliance, the vivacity and the supreme artistic ability of Madame Sembrich's performance last night that she may be succeeded, but never will be replaced.

M. Amato's warm young voice was heard in the music of Giorgio Germont. Miss. L'Huillier in vain tried to be disreputable as Flora Bervoix and M. Spetrino conducted.

The prelude to the opera is no very profound piece of music, but that is no reason whey it should be carelessly played.



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