[Met Performance] CID:79410
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {112} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 12/16/1921.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 16, 1921 Matinee


IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA {112}
Rossini-Sterbini

Figaro..................Giuseppe De Luca
Rosina..................Nina Morgana
Count Almaviva..........Mario Chamlee
Dr. Bartolo.............Pompilio Malatesta
Don Basilio.............José Mardones
Berta...................Louise Bérat
Fiorello................Vincenzo Reschiglian
Sergeant................Pietro Audisio

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

Director................Armando Agnini
Set designer............Mario Sala

Il Barbiere di Siviglia received seven performances this season.
[In the Lesson Scene Morgana sang Ô légère hirondelle from Mireille.]

Review of Oscar Thompson in Musical America

'The Barber,' Sans Ruffo

Like "Ernani," the season's first "Barber of Seville" arrived without its intended star, the big-voiced Titta Ruffo, who was announced for the rôle of the mercurial Figaro. When Friday afternoon's audience reached the doors of the Metropolitan, it was confronted with placards announcing that the baritone's physician again had enjoined him not to sing. Into the breach stepped the Metropolitan's usual Figaro, Giuseppe de Luca, who sang with his familiar glibness and zest, and pranced through the old Rossini comedy with the requisite drollery and gaiety. Mario Chamlee, appearing as Almaviva for the first time in New York, sang much of the music delightfully, with a measure of flexibility beyond that ordinarily expected of a voice of his type. A fine tenor, this young American, and one who will go far if he will be content not to push or drive his upper tones. His mezza-voce in "The Barber" was of lovely quality, Nina Morgana, as Rosina, sang prettily, if at times imperfectly in bravura passages. In the lesson scene her interpolation was the Waltz from "Mireille." Jose Mardones was a humorous and vocally orotund Basilio and Malatesta a farcical Bartolo. Louise Bérat, Vincenzo Reschiglian and Pietro Audisio completed the cast. Mr. Papi conducted with no lack of vim. The performance was a benefit for the Greenwich House Music School.



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