[Met Performance] CID:70960
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {98} Metropolitan Opera House: 01/31/1919.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
January 31, 1919


IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA {98}
Rossini-Sterbini

Figaro..................Giuseppe De Luca
Rosina..................Frieda Hempel
Count Almaviva..........Charles Hackett [Debut]
Dr. Bartolo.............Pompilio Malatesta
Don Basilio.............José Mardones
Berta...................Marie Mattfeld
Fiorello................Vincenzo Reschiglian
Sergeant................Pietro Audisio

Conductor...............Gennaro Papi

Director................Richard Ordynski
Set designer............Mario Sala

Il Barbiere di Siviglia received six performances this season.

[In the Lesson Scene Hempel sang An der schönen blauen Donau (Strauss).]



AMERICAN TENOR SCORES A TRIUMPH

Hackett Acclaimed in Metropolitan Opera a Real Artist in "Barber of Seville"

"The Barber of Seville," which had its first hearing of the season at the Metropolitan Opera House last evening, introduced Carlo Hackett, tenor, an American. Mr. Hackett found his countrymen waiting for him, and it has been a long time since a male singer has been welcomed as was Mr. Hackett.

A Boston boy, this artist has appeared in Europe and in South America, and fine things said of him have found their way to New York. But Mr. Hackett could not have anticipated the spontaneous greeting that followed his first aria, the repetition of the outburst at the close of the second, and the cheers and demonstration that succeeded the first fall of the curtain.

And he fully deserved it for, as the Count of Almaviva, he disclosed such an agreeable and flexible voice and such finished singing and acting that the audience could not help recognize that a real bel canto artist was before them - one for whom Metropolitan audiences had long been waiting.

Mr. De Luca who, as the Barber, was running Mr. Hackett a close shave, as it were, for honors, seemed to recognize the fact too, and he graciously withdrew and let the tenor enjoy his full mead of praise.

Mr. Hackett wore "his blushing honors thick upon him" modestly and kept up his fine work throughout the opera. He looked the gentleman courtier and has assimilated the true Italian style.

The newcomer's efforts and reception put the remainder of the cast on its mettle, and the performance fairly sparkled. It was an evening of bel canto, and Frieda Hempel seldom has been in finer fettle. She introduced the "Blue Danube" waltz in the lesson scene and a lullaby for an encore. Pompilio Malatesta as Dr. Bartolo, and Jose Mardones as Basilio, were most facile, and Marie Mattfeld did her small part well.

Papi was frequently applauded for his conducting.











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