[Met Performance] CID:65150
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
Thaïs {1} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/16/1917.
 (Metropolitan Opera Premiere)
(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 16, 1917
Metropolitan Opera Premiere


THAÏS {1}
Massenet-Gallet

Thaïs...................Geraldine Farrar
Athanaël................Pasquale Amato
Nicias..................Luca Botta
Palémon.................Léon Rothier
Crobyle.................Mabel Garrison
Myrtale.................Raymonde Delaunois
Albine..................Kathleen Howard
Servant.................Bernard Bégué
Dance...................Rosina Galli
Dance...................Giuseppe Bonfiglio

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

Director................Jules Speck
Set designer............Pieretto Bianco

Thaïs received six performances this season.

Unsigned review in the Brooklyn Eagle

GERALDINE FARRAR'S THAIS

Geraldine Farrar, not content with her many triumphs, came to the Metropolitan Opera House, last evening, to give her first interpretation of Thais in the first production of Massenet's "Thais" at that house. Hers was not a performance that had mystic and Oriental atmosphere. The character of the Alexandria courtesan was indicated rather than fully expressed. in her first meeting with the monk, Athanael (Mr. Amato), she sought to win him to her by cunning wiles and gestures, but the end of the act gave little strength to her efforts. It was in the scene in her apartment, where she is brought by Athanael to a realizing sense of sin that she portrayed
agony in separating from the pleasures of life. It was a long passage, well sustained, ending with hysterical laughter. It was there that the audience was stirred deeply.

Miss Farrar was not in especially good voice at first, but toward the last act and in that act, where Athanael seeks her on her couch where she is about to die, she sang with real beauty of tone and expression. "Thais" is not an opera that requires so much vocal effort as almost any other in which she appears, and in that respect Miss Farrar was at a disadvantage. Her presentation of Thais was not particularly plastic, but she will probably improve in future, since this was a first trial of Thais by her. There were very many recalls.

Mr. Amato was admirable as Athanael, acting with sincerity, alternating domineering attitude toward Thais with moments of tenderness. His voice, more suave than usual, was well suited to the role. Mr. Botta. as Nicias, sang finely. Polacco conducted with skill. The new scenery had liveliness of color and the ballet, with Rosina Galli and Bonfiglio, brought sprightliness.



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