[Met Performance] CID:61560
Un Ballo in Maschera {19} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 01/1/1916.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 1, 1916 Matinee


UN BALLO IN MASCHERA {19}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Somma

Amelia..................Melanie Kurt
Riccardo................Enrico Caruso
Renato..................Pasquale Amato
Ulrica..................Maria Duchène
Oscar...................Edith Mason
Samuel..................Andrés De Segurola
Tom.....................Léon Rothier
Silvano.................Vincenzo Reschiglian
Judge...................Angelo Badà
Servant.................Pietro Audisio

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


Review of W. J. Henderson in the Sun

BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE OF VERDI'S OPERA FOR GREAT HOLIDAY AUDIENCE


Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" was sung at the Metropolitan Opera House yesterday afternoon for the first time this season. Mr. Caruso was heard as Riccardo, the extraordinary operatic governor of Boston, a role in which his present powers are displayed brilliantly. It was a foregone conclusion that the audience would be large, even if it had not been a holiday. The capacity of the theatre was tested and there was every evidence of general satisfaction with the performance.

The famous tenor arrived before his hearers in full command of his vocal resources. Not at any previous time in the course of the season had he sung with greater plentitude and beauty of tone. There was no need to husband the voice at any moment and the broad lyric phrases of Verdi's music were delivered with splendid effect. Mr. Amato has one of his most congenial roles, and he sang it admirably. His "Eri tu" called forth long and loud plaudits.

The feminine side of the cast was less distinguished than the masculine. Mme. Kurt sang Amelia for the first time here. It was also her first appearance in an Italian part. Unfortunately she was suffering from a cold and sang with some difficulty. Her higher tones suffered most from the temporary affliction, but on the whole she acquitted herself with much credit, especially in the important duet with Mr. Caruso, Her Italian, however, was by no means well enunciated.

Edith Mason, one of the new and younger, members of the company, had the role of Oscar, sung formerly by Mme. Hempel. Miss Mason looked well and acted with vivacity. Her voice is not one of large caliber, but she sang her music commendably in respect of style. Mme. Duchene, a conscientious artist with a pleasing voice, sang Ulrica well. Mr. Rothier and Mr. De Segurola appeared as that remarkable pair of political conspirators, Tom and Samuel. They looked quite deadly. Mr. Polacco conducted.



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