[Met Concert/Gala] CID:49850
Gilibert Memorial Concert. Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 01/25/1911.
Metropolitan Opera House
January 25, 1911 Matinee
For the Benefit of the Family of the late
Thomas: Le Caïd: Air du tambour major
Le Nozze di Figaro: Voi che sapete
Hérodiade: Vision fugitive
Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
La Bohème: Che gelida manina
Un Ballo in Maschera: Eri tu
Der Freischütz: Overture
Lakmé: Fantaisie aux divins mensonges
Edmond Clément [Last appearance]
Tosca: Vissi d'arte
Massenet: Le Jongleur de Notre Dame: La Vierge entend fort bien
Le Nozze di Figaro: Crudel perchè finora
Hue: Je Pleurais en Rêve
Conductor...............Marcel Charlier [Only appearance]
Review in the New York Times:
An exciting event of the memorial concert given yesterday afternoon at the Metropolitan Opera House for the benefit of Mrs. Charles Gilibert, the widow of the baritone who died recently, was not on the programme. Neither did the audience know anything about it.
Miss Emmy Destinn, who was on the program as No. 9, was standing in the wings with Mme. Alda when Mrs. Homer, No. 5, went on to sing the air from 'Samson et Dalila.' As soon as Mrs. Homer, who entered from the other side of the stage, had appeared Miss Destinn uttered a shriek of despair, said several things in Bohemian, and made a rush for the telephone. Mme. Alda explained the situation. 'I took them both to my dressmaker in Paris,' she said, 'and she has made them dresses just alike without telling them, and now they have both got the dresses on at the same time.' Whereupon Mme. Alda laughed and went away to take a train for Milwaukee, where she is to sing. Miss Destinn in the meantime had telephoned to the Ansonia and her maid had orders to appear at the theatre without delay with another gown.
Presently Mrs. Homer came off and when she was brought face to face with Miss Destinn she nearly had a mild attack of hysteria. The gowns were alike in every detail - black with gold embroidery and blue satin, and jet ornaments. Miss Destinn's number on the program was slightly changed, and in the meantime the maid arrived with a rose colored frock for which the prima donna rapidly donned while Miss Cerebus Maubourg guarded the door. And when she walked out smiling to sing the prayer from 'Tosca' no one in the audience was at all aware of the little comedy which had occurred behind the scenes.