[Met Concert/Gala] CID:43680
Grand Gala Performance. Metropolitan Opera House: 03/20/1909.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 20, 1909
Emergency Fund Benefit


GRAND GALA PERFORMANCE
For The Benefit Of The
PENSION AND ENDOWMENT FUND
of the Metropolitan Opera Company



Pagliacci: Act I

Nedda...................Rita Fornia
Canio...................Carl Jörn
Tonio...................Pasquale Amato
Silvio..................Eduardo Cibelli
Beppe...................Angelo Badà

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

Director................Jules Speck
Set Designer............Antonio Rovescalli


The Bartered Bride: Act I

Marenka.................Emmy Destinn
Jeník...................Carl Jörn
Kecal...................Adamo Didur
Ludmila.................Marie Mattfeld
Krusina.................Robert Blass
Dance...................Gina Torriani
Dance...................Ottokar Bartik

Conductor...............Gustav Mahler

Director................Anton Schertel
Set Designer............Kautsky & Rottonara Brothers
Costume Designer........Heinrich Lefler
Costume Designer........Blaschke & Cie
Choreographer...........Ottokar Bartik


Aida: Act II, Scene 2

Aida....................Johanna Gadski
Radamès.................Riccardo Martin
Amneris.................Louise Homer
Amonasro................Pasquale Amato
Ramfis..................Allen Hinckley
King....................Giulio Rossi
Dance...................Gina Torriani

Conductor...............Arturo Toscanini

Director................Jules Speck
Set Designer............Mario Sala
Set Designer............Angelo Parravicini
Costume Designer........Maison Chiappa


Manon: Act III, Scene 2

Manon...................Geraldine Farrar
Des Grieux..............Carl Jörn

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

Director................Jules Speck
Set Designer............Antonio Rovescalli
Costume Designer........Maison Chiappa


Faust: Act V, Scene 2

Faust...................Riccardo Martin
Marguerite..............Frances Alda
Méphistophélès..........Adamo Didur

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

Director................Jules Speck
Costume Designer........Blaschke & Cie


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act III, Scene 2

Hans Sachs..............Walter Soomer
Eva.....................Lenora Sparkes
Walther von Stolzing....Carl Burrian
Magdalene...............Marie Mattfeld
David...................Albert Reiss
Beckmesser..............Otto Goritz
Pogner..................Allen Hinckley
Kothner.................Adolph Mühlmann
Vogelgesang.............Julius Bayer
Nachtigall..............Erik Schubert
Ortel...................Arthur Triebner
Zorn....................Stephen Delwary
Moser...................Josef Sundermann
Eisslinger..............Walter Koch
Foltz...................Otto Lötzsch
Schwarz.................Herbert Waterous

Conductor...............Alfred Hertz

Director................Anton Schertel

Unsigned review in the Tribune


AT THE METROPOLITAN LAST NIGHT,

Whether, six kinds of cake are a better bait at twice the cost than a whole cake of a preferred sort and of equal quantity may or may not be a subject for a debate by an economic society, but it is a matter of fact and record that the mixed bill made up of parts of six operas offered at the Metropolitan Opera House last night at double prices did not at all fill the house. Nor is it probable that the medley added much to the "Pension and Endowment Fund of the Metropolitan Opera Company," some new arrangement of the season. If it had not been proved before that an attraction of real and extraordinary merit were needed to make the public pay double price, that proof was given last night.

The bill was made up of parts of "Pagliacci," "The Bartered Bride," "Aida," "Manon," "Faust" and "Die Meistersinger," and many of the chief artists gave their services, as well as the four conductors.

As to the evening's entertainment itself, worth noting was the first appearance with the Metropolitan company in Manhattan of Miss Rita Fornia as Nedda in "Pagliacci." Again this young woman showed what a useful, well drilled and competent singer she is. Carl Jörn did a hero's duty by singing in Italian, German and French, respectively, but he added no laurels to his reputation by his decidedly theatrical interpretation of Canio in "Pagliacci." Riccardo Martin was the Radames and Allen Hinckley the Ramfis in the triumphal scene of "Aida," Most of the characters in the chopped up bits of the other operas were taken by familiar artists.




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