[Met Performance] CID:79030
New production
Lucia di Lammermoor {104} Metropolitan Opera House: 11/17/1921.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
November 17, 1921
New production


LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR {104}
Donizetti-Cammarano

Lucia...................Amelita Galli-Curci
Edgardo.................Beniamino Gigli
Enrico..................Giuseppe Danise
Raimondo................José Mardones
Normanno................Pietro Audisio
Alisa...................Minnie Egener
Arturo..................Angelo Badà

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

Director................Armando Agnini
Set designer............James Fox
Costume designer........Mathilde Castel-Bert

Lucia di Lammermoor received five performances this season.

Review of Oscar Thompson in Musical America

Not in several seasons has "Lucia" been better sung than it was Thursday evening when Amelita Galli-Curci made her second appearance at the Metropolitan, surrounded by an excellent and well-balanced cast that included Gigli as Edgardo, Danise as Enrico, and Mardones as Raimondo.. New settings by James Fox provided a fresh background for Donizetti's procession of eighteen-thirty tunes, without thrusting forward any scenic innovations or excesses to offend those who could never reconcile modern ideas of investiture with the favorite opera of their grandparents' day.

Mme. Galli-Curci's lovely voice was of velvety sheen in the music of the unhappy bride and there was much winsomeness in her picturization of Donizetti's heroine. The "Mad Scene" has been sung more brilliantly, but not in recent memory have some of the earlier melodies come to the ear with such suave beauty of tone. She was recalled before the curtain many times.

Gigli's Edgardo is not his most satisfactory role, but he sang it with no little vocal charm. Danise, making his first appearance in opera this season, used his resonant voice with happy effect, though he seemed somewhat to overbalance the others in the sextet. The part of Raimondo was not one to reveal the full vocal stature of that admirable bass, Mardones. Lesser parts were competently cared for by Minnie Egener, Angelo Bada and Pietro Audisio. Gennaro Papi conducted. The audience was a large one and overlooked no opportunity to applaud the familiar melodies
and those who sang them.



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