[Met Concert/Gala] CID:46620
Concert for Sufferers of Flood in Paris. Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 02/6/1910.
Metropolitan Opera House
February 6, 1910 Matinee
for the Benefit of the Sufferers from the
FLOOD IN PARIS
Don Pasquale: Overture
La Bohème: Quartet
Zar und Zimmermann: Zum Werk
Lucia di Lammermoor: Sextet
Bernice de Pasquali
Gounod: La Vivandire: Air patriotique
Richard Hageman, Piano
Der Freischütz: Overture
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Le Nozze di Figaro: Crudel perchè finora
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Quintet
Faust: Final Trio
Richard Hageman, Piano
Lucette De Lievin
Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Unsigned account in the Tribune
SINGERS ADD $9,753
BENEFIT FOR PARIS FLOOD SUFFERERS AT METROPOLITAN
The fund in aid of the Paris flood sufferers received an addition of nearly $10,000 yesterday afternoon as a result of the concert given in the Metropolitan Opera House by members of the opera company. Thirty-eight of the principals and the complete chorus and orchestra took part in the programme.
Society of all nationalities was largely represented, the French colony in particular turning out in full force. The audience was always enthusiastic -sometimes, notably after the quartet from "Rigoletto," sung by MM. Caruso and Amato and Mmes. Alda and Meitschik, almost hysterically so. During the intermission Max Hirsch auctioned off a programme inscribed with all the autographs of all the artists of the company. The highest bidder was Miss Gertrude D. Walker of No. 23 West 54th Street. To whom the programme went for $195.
The concert opened with the overture to Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," played by the orchestra under the leadership of Egisto Tango. This was followed by the quartet from "Bohème," sung by MM. Bonci and Gilly, and Mmes. Alten and Sparkes, the orchestra being conducted by Mr. Podesti, and the sextettes from Lortzing's "Zar und Zimmermann" and Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor." The former being sung by MM. Jörn, Forsell, Goritz, Reiss, Blass and Muhlmann, and the latter by Mmes. De Pasquali and Mattfeld, and Mm. Bonci, Bada, Campanari and Rossi and the Metropolitan chorus.
But the audience's enthusiasm did not fully awake until Mme. Marie Delna had sung the "Air Patriotique" from Godard's "La Vivandiere." It was a selection admirably suited to the occasion, and sung with a fire and a beauty of tone that brought an instant response.
Aside from the appearance of Mr. Caruso, the feature of the second portion of the programme was the costume of Miss Geraldine Farrar. Such a costume, it is safe to say, had not been seen in many moons.
It was green, green with a greenness that rivaled the tropic seas or the tropic birds, and two green feathers, greener than the dress itself, waved triumphantly about the fair singer's head. No one but Miss Farrar could have worn it so triumphantly. Incidentally, Miss Farrar sang a duet, a duet with Mr. Scotti, from "Le Nozze di Figaro."
The followed the quintet from "Die Meistersinger," participated in by Mmes. Gadski and Wickham and MM. Slezak, Soomer and Reiss; the trio from "Faust," sung by Mme. Noria and MM. Clemént and Didur and Faure's "La Charité," sung by M. Clément. The closing number was "La Marseillaise," given by all the French artists of the company, assisted by the Metropolitan's entire chorus.
It was announced last night that the receipts amounted to $9,753.
An unsigned account in the Herald
FIVE NOTED TENORS SING AT FLOOD BENEFIT
In the presence of an audience of five thousand persons in the Metropolitan Opera House yesterday afternoon five of the greatest tenors on the stage and many other distinguished artists, with the chorus and orchestra, took part in a concert for the benefit of the Paris flood sufferers the proceeds amounting to $9,753. This sum will probably go over $10,000, as twenty-five programmes sold by artists had not been included in an accounting late last night. Nearly every dollar will go to France as there was practically no expense, artists, chorus and orchestra, having volunteered their services.
During the intermission a programme bearing the autographs of those taking part in the concert was auctioned of by Mr. Max Hirsch for $195, being $35 more than that sold at the Benefit for the Messina earthquake victims. It was bought by Miss Gertrude Walker of No. 33 West Fifty-fourth Street.
The orchestra consisted of one hundred pieces and was conducted by a quartet of distinguished musicians. As "La Marseillaise" was sung at the end of the concert Frenchmen wept and the whole house was swayed by emotion, the singers putting their best efforts into the patriotic air. Messers Caruso, Clément and Slezak and several of the women members received so many curtain calls that count was lost.
Noted Singers Together
The appearance of Messers Caruso, Bonci, Slezak, Clément and Jörn in one entertainment is said to have no parallel in the local history of music. The appearance of each was greeted with enthusiasm.
With the exception of Mr. Riccardo Martin, who sang on Saturday afternoon in "La Bohème" and again last night in Verdi's "Requiem" and who was excused for this reason, every artist announced on the programme appeared.
The conductors were Messers Egisto Tango, Vittorio Podesti, Alfred Hertz and Arturo Toscanini. The artists taking part were Messers Alessandro Bonci, Dinh Gilly, Carl Jörn. John Forsell, Otto Goritz, Albert Reiss, Robert Blass, Giuseppe Campanari, Giulio Rossi, Antonio Scotti, Enrico Caruso, Pasquale Amato, Leo Slezak, Walter Soomer, Edmond Clément. Adamo Didur, Leo Devaux, Georges Regis, Henry Dutilloy, Georges Bourgeios. Paul Ananian and Bernhard Bégué and Mmes. Bella Alten. Leonora Sparkes, Bernice de Pasquali, Marie Mattfeld, Marie Delna, Frances Alda, Anna Meitschik, Johanna Gadski, Florence Wickham. Jane Noria, Jeanne Maubourg, Christine Heliane, Lucette De Lievin, and Geraldine Farrar.
Quartet Arouses Enthusiasm
The greatest enthusiasm of the afternoon was evoked by the quartet from "Rigoletto," sung by Miss Alda. Mlle. Meitschik and Signors Caruso and Amato. Signor Caruso was in an exuberant mood, and sang with a splendor of voice and art that caused the audience to break into the middle of the quartet with thunderous applause. The recalls that followed lasted until the group of artists who were to sing the "Meistersinger" quintet appeared upon the stage.
The duo from Mozart's Nozze di Figaro," sung by Miss Farrar and Signor Scotti, and Mme. Delna's dramatic impersonation of an air from Godard's La Vivandiere," were also much applauded.
Mr. Etienne Lannel, the French Consul General, and many representatives of French society were among the audience.
"Thank You" letter from Ambassador Jusseband to General Manager Gatti-Casazza
AMBASSADE DE LA RFEPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE AUX ETATS-UNIS
Washington, February 4, 1910
Sir: Allow me to express to you, on behalf of the victims of the recent inundations in France, the warmest gratitude for the concert organized by you on Sunday next.
Detained in Washington, I deeply regret not to be able to be present on such an occasion and to express to you personally, and to all those who so kindly assumed a part in the intended performance, my very sincere thanks.
I am particularly sorry not to be present when Mme. Delna and her distinguished comrades will sing our national song in a way worthy of its fame of their own.
Believe me, sir, with best regards, sincerely yours,
Ambassador de France