[Met Performance] CID:58710
La Gioconda {69} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/15/1915.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 15, 1915


LA GIOCONDA {69}

La Gioconda.............Emmy Destinn
Enzo....................Enrico Caruso
Singer..................Vincenzo Reschiglian
Laura...................Margarete Matzenauer
Barnaba.................Pasquale Amato
Alvise..................Leon Rothier
La Cieca................Maria Duchène
Zuàne...................Bernard Bégué
Isèpo...................Pietro Audisio
Singer..................Vincenzo Reschiglian

Conductor...............Giorgio Polacco

Review (unsigned) in unidentified newspaper

"LA GIOCONDA' WITH CARUSO SUNG AGAIN

Opera House is Crowded at Performance of Ponchielli's Opera

That Mr. Caruso's forthcoming departure for the ever-bewitching neighborhood of Cap Martin is well known to all the opera going public is, of course, an indisputable fact, but it may be questioned whether the knowledge operated to increase the size of the audience at the Metropolitan Opera House last evening. The house was packed. Every seat in the stall boxes - the last to go - was sold and all the standing room was occupied, but this might have been the case even if Mr. Caruso had not intended to go to Monte Carlo, for the opera was "La Gioconda" and the cast was a strong one.

It is conceded that the title role is not one of Mme. Destinn's best parts, but it affords scope for the display of her voice and her unflagging zeal in the discharge of her artistic duties. Mme. Matzenauer once more appeared as Laura Adorno, a role to which she is not altogether suited, but which she sings generally in an effective manner.

Mr. Caruso was not in his best voice last evening, but the music of Enzo Grimaldo is excellently suited to his style, and he was able to arouse his hearers to great enthusiasm. Mr. Amato is quite at home as Barnaba. In fact it is one of his best parts and in it he wins plenty of applause. Instead of Mr. de Segurola, Mr. Rothier appeared as Alvise and Mme. Duchene again sang creditably the role of La Cieca. Mr. Polacco conducted the performance excellently.



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