[Met Performance] CID:79210
La Bohème {187} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 12/1/1921.

(Debut: Yvonne D'Arle
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 1, 1921 Matinee


LA BOHÈME {187}
Puccini-Illica/Giacosa

Mimì....................Frances Alda
Rodolfo.................Giulio Crimi
Musetta.................Yvonne D'Arle [Debut]
Marcello................Giuseppe De Luca
Schaunard...............Adamo Didur
Colline.................José Mardones
Benoit..................Robert Leonhardt
Alcindoro...............Paolo Ananian
Parpignol...............Pietro Audisio
Sergeant................Vincenzo Reschiglian

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

Director................Armando Agnini
Costume designer........Blaschke & Cie

La Bohème received nine performances this season.

Review signed J. A. H. in Musical America

A Special 'Bohème'

At a special matinee on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1, "Bohème" was given for the first time this season with Frances Alda as Mimi, Giulio Crimi as Rodolfo, Giuseppe de Luca as Marcello, and Yvonne D'Arle, a newcomer in the company this season, making her debut as Musette, and Jose Mardones singing Colline for the first time. The singers of most of principal roles having been heard in them many times before, interest naturally centered in the work of Miss D'Arle, who has been considerably advertised as a "find" of the late critic, Sylvester Rawling, who died last February. Miss D'Arle is a "find" in every sense of the word, at least as far as one can tell from her performance of a role as unexacting as Musetta. Her voice is a clear, full soprano, well produced, especially in its high tones, and with a delicious bloom of youth, such as has not been heard in our opera house for many moons still upon it. Her acting was vivacious and she was sufficiently shrewish to please the audience to the extent of applauding her vociferously. If Miss D'Arle can do as well with a large part, and if the management sees fit to let her try, we may expect much, for she promises much, Mr. Mardones' one opportunity in the opera, the "Coat Song," was splendidly sung and brought him well-merited applause. Mme. Alda's Mimi was beautiful vocally and appealing dramatically. Mr. Crimi sang better than he did in "La Navarraise" and Mr. De Luca was excellent as always.



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